Should I keep trying?
In an attempt to get comfy in this hammock thing, I tried again in my back yard lastnight. After being really tired, I figured this was my best yet attempt at getting some rest in a hammock. I slept 3-1/2 hours relatively comfy then the comfort was lost. Had to go back to my bed.
I can't sleep on my back in my very comfy bed and I reckon I can't in my hammock either. I've read where peeps sleep on their sides and even on their stomachs in a hammock but I can't do it.
It was 35 lastnight and I never did get cold. I had the Hennessy Double Bubble Radiant pad or shouild I call it 'Double Trouble' as it never stayed under me, along with a Nalgene bottle to keep me warm.
Had the 2QZQ mod 4 done recently hoping this would open up the HH enough for my claustraphobia issues. It worked but still no sleep.
Been shopping for backpacking tents now.
Do I give up or keep tryin? Benedryl really helps me sleep, maybe buy a quart?:confused:
I have found that pads tend to take some of the comfort away. Maybe there is someone in your area that can let you try an UQ. Also play with the angle of your suspension and different distances between trees.
+1 to an UQ being most comfortable.
A bridge hammock may help. I never sleep on my back for long, except in my JRB BMBH. I sleep on my side, and toss'n'turn most of the time wherever I sleep.
However, I sleep on the ground a lot. A NeoAir (or other inflatable) makes for comfy side & back sleeping. My pack is lighter when I go to ground, too (Although some get lighter in the trees).
Don't tie yourself to the ground or to the trees just because you like the idea (been there). Use the setup and technique that gets you into the woods most - whichever that may be.
You really need a hammock that will allow you to lay on your side.
I'd also get a netless hammock to help with your claustrophobia.
Get someone like PapaSmurf to make you a large bugnet for summer
you can hang the net way above the normal RL.
my 2 cents
It looks like you were comfortable for a while. What changed? Was it the pad sliding around? Definitely see if there is someone nearby that will lend you an UQ to try out. I'm a side sleeper in bed but find laying on my back in the hammock the most comfortable position for me. Maybe sleeping on your back in a hammock would work?
To be honest, hammocks aren't for everyone. Sure there are a lot of us here who love it, but sometimes they just don't work for people. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sleeping in a tent and as long as a person gets out into the woods, I'm happy to share a fire with them.
With that said, an under quilt works wonders and will solve your cold problem. A good idea is to find some fellow hangers in your area that want to do a day hike or so and they can kind of show you the ropes. (How to get comfy, under quilts etc.)
Give it some more back yard tries. Make sure to try your foot end higher, and that you have a hammock that is wide enough that you can roll over and move freely. I can't imagine that I will ever be able to sleep on my back, and thankfully I don't in a hammock either...I sleep on my side, or half belly sleep. Keep working on it a bit more to see if you find your "ahh moment", if not..then don't worry, I will also still share a fire with you. :)
I did exactly the same, in bed I'm a side sleeper had not been able to sleep reasonable time on my back, but found myself in hammock sleeping most comfortable on my back.
Originally Posted by catalyst
Beds are essentially flat surface, but we humans are not made with flat backs:lol:
Same question: what changed? So you got 3 1/2 hours comfortably? So does that mean you are able to sleep on your back in the hammock?
Originally Posted by catalyst
If not, can you not sleep on your side, at least fetal, in the HH Explorer? I can. I think I had to play around in it a while before figuring out exactly how. If on my side, my top side knee is usually not in as much fetal as my down side knee. It is a bit more towards the foot, decreases side "torque".
Any way, you might be giving up a little soon. But the back yard can be a miserable spot for me to try to sleep. I can rarely pull off an entire night.
I might be lucky that I was introduced to the HH and Super Shelter in the midst of a week long trip to the Wind river Mountains. The 1st night truly sucked (nearly froze to death) but after that I got to experience that profound deep sleep of a hammock. The fact that I was exhausted at the end of each days hike probably helped to overcome the strangeness of being in a bottom entry HH. So I would pass out quickly and usually not wake up for 8+ hours. I've never slept that good anywhere, much less while back packing.
So don't go too much by your back yard experience. Remember, you are trying to sleep in a strange new environment, and the whole time your bed is calling to you. You might want to try some ear plugs also.
Also remember that, if backpacking, what you are making a choice between is not your bed vs this weird new concept of trying to sleep while hanging from trees. It is the hammock and well ventilated tarp vs a pad on rocky, rooty, sloping ground. Often in a small tent with a snoring, stinking hiking buddy.
Never give up. I can't sleep on my back in my bed but I have no problem doing so in my hammock.