I got a mayan hammock at the Humane Society thrift sale this weekend (I paid a whole dollar for it!)

Now, that I've set it up, let me ask you this:

HOW THE HECK DO YOU LAY IN THESE THINGS?!?!?!?! I literally couldn't get in it for the first half hour. OK, I figured out I had WAAAY too much sag in it the first time I hung it. I tightened it up a bit and tried to lay in it side to side. Forget about it. I can BARELY manage to lay in it on a diagonal, but it's dicey at best. Getting out is another comedy of errors in itself.

I googled pictures of mayan hammocks and everybody looks so comfortable--side to side or end to end.

What the heck am I doing wrong? I've never had a woven hammock before... .