La Siesta’s Guide to How To Lie in a Hammock

La Siesta’s Guide to How To Lie in a Hammock

La Siesta’s Guide to How To Lie in a Hammock

What’s the “right” / "wrong" way to lay in a hammock?

When it comes to hammocking, our philosophy is that there really is no “right” or “wrong” way to lie in a hammock. Regardless of how you choose to use it, what’s most important is that you’re comfortable and that you feel good when using it. Having said that, there are some generally agreed on tips and common practices that we can pass along.

Hammock newcomers tend to lie lengthwise (lengthwise). Most people agree that this laying position is not very comfortable, especially for prolonged periods of time. Even if you’re comfortable, this way of lying in a hammock usually presents another problem for most people: the cloth wraps so tightly around your body that you can’t look up at the sky or at anything outside of your hammock, because all you see is fabric and cloth. But if you’re going for a cocoon-like experience, then yes, lengthwise is definitely the way to go.

Hammock enthusiasts and aficionados agree: The ideal position for lying in a hammock is diagonally at an angle. When done correctly, a diagonal lying position minimizes pressure points and essentially allows your spine to straighten (trust us on this, we know it sounds counterintuitive at first, but once you try it out you’ll quickly see what we mean). A diagonal lying position also allows your head and neck to be supported and rest in a slightly elevated position. Many hammock lovers also claim this lying position makes rocking and swaying more comfortable, because you do not swing from right to left, but instead rock back and forth—like in a rocking chair.