OMG! Sleeping on the ground is as bad as I remembered
So I put up a tent in the basement for the kids to play around in. After they went to bed and since it was in front of my TV, I just put the tent beside the couch, opened both doors and sat in the tent leaning on the counch for back support with my old backpacking Thermarest under my butt while I watched TV.
When I felt sleepy I figured I'd try sleeping in it the same way I did when I used it backpacking. When I woke up in the middle of the night to go the bathroom I remembered just why I started looking at hammock camping back in 1999. In the morning I was even more sore. My shoulders and back were not happy. After a few minutes of walking around I felt ok but thought I would not want to put in a day's hike after waking up feeling like I did.
All I can say is thanks to Hammock Forums and to the HF members for all the info I've learned and continue to learn and thanks to all the vendors that make the gear that allow me to sleep so much better out in the woods.
Don't let life get in the way of living.