It’s well below freezing in our part of the country – definitely not a day to hang outside in a hammock chair or hammock. Today we will be heading for an island holiday in the Southern Caribbean for a couple of weeks. I’m really looking forward to the warmth and sunshine. I’m also looking forward to some relaxing time. With all the work that goes in to running a website, I can really use some “hammock time”. I wonder if there will be one at the resort where we will be staying.
I have learned so much about hammocks and hammock chairs over the past few months that I thought I would share a few tidbits with you.
I had never really thought about the origins of hammocks before. They have been used in Central and South America for centuries and have, over the years evolved a bit. Many areas have developed there own style. For example, the Mayan style of hammock is made of a woven rope that allows for air circulation, providing a cooling effect. The Brazilian style of hammock is made of a tightly woven cloth which is warmer. They are also often decorated on the edges with a fringe.
Also, I didn’t realize how much hammocks were used on naval ships. It was something I was vaguely aware of but now know that they were used extensively. They were much safer to sleep in – one couldn’t roll off them like one would on a platform bed on the rolling seas – and they were easy to stow away providing room for the personnel on the ship to move around without hindrance during battle.
I have also discovered the proper way to sleep in a hammock – particularly the kind without spreader bars. I was so uninformed when I started this adventure, that I though most hammocks had spreader bars and that they would be way more comfortable than the ones without spreader bars. I have learned that when you lay on them the correct way, the ones without spreader bars are actually far more comfortable. The best way to sleep on a hammock is about 30 degrees off straight. This provides the proper support for your back.
Generations of people have been using hammocks as their bed for sleeping. Hammocks provide a warm (or cool), dry spot that can keep you safe from spiders, snakes and other vermin. When space is limited, it is very easy to move your bed out of the way until it is needed at night.
Hope you find these bits and pieces interesting.
I have been making some adjustments to my website (as well as adding another line of products) and so have decided that I will do a blog post every other week instead of every week.