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    Motion Sickness

    I'm going to take a risk here and talk about something that is keeping me from sleeping in my hammock.
    I get motion sickness. Period.
    I have taken the hammock out 3 different times this year and each time end up either sleeping on the ground (not the best option) or in the back seat of my car (definately no longer an option).
    It has been suggested to me to guy it out using lines. I have gone over every inch of my hammock and there is just no where to place any grommets. I have an inexpensive (cheap) Byer Moskito Hammock and there is no room for grommets. I didn't want to invest a lot of money into something I would hate. The problem is that I love it. I just can't swing. lol
    Now, I know you're thinking what's the point of having a hammock if you get sick every time you get in it.
    Well, the point is that it's the most comfortable thing I've ever layed in. I put my big agnes in there and man oh man talk about feeling good.....that is until I start to swing. OMG! It's awful! I didn't make it out of the hammock the last time before getting sick on my dog. He wasn't real happy wtih me that night. LOL
    So....I'm desperate for suggestions. This is the only place I thought I'd get an answer to my dilemma...ask the experts!
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    Maybe a couple grip clips? or sew on some tabs? with grip clips you could move them around to find the spot that works best, then maybe affix something more permanent.

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    You could try something like a tarp clip to attach tie-outs to see if it makes a difference.

    You may also be experiencing BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). If so, you should see an ENT physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. If it is BPPV, there are some fairly simple head movements (the Epley and Semont Maneuvers) that might address the dizziness.

    Last edited by beep; 09-07-2010 at 16:40.
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    Others have had the same problem. I think using tie-outs at knee and shoulder (opposite sides) with good stiff tensioners, like loops of 3/16 shock cord, will damp the motion caused by getting into the hammock almost immediately. You can also replace (or augment) tie-outs with trekking poles attached at the same places and stuck in the ground under the hammock so they stick up at an angle and push the hammock edges out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beep View Post
    You could try something like a tarp clip to attach tie-outs to see if it makes a difference.

    You may also be experiencing BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). If so, you should see an ENT physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. If it is BPPV, there are some fairly simple head movements (the Epley and Semont Maneuvers) that might address the dizziness.
    Beep is so smart he scares me.

    I only understood one word of that-Benign.
    Benign years since I saw ya last.

    My set up is low to the ground that I reach down and stop my swing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beep View Post
    You could try something like a tarp clip to attach tie-outs to see if it makes a difference.

    You may also be experiencing BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). If so, you should see an ENT physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. If it is BPPV, there are some fairly simple head movements (the Epley and Semont Maneuvers) that might address the dizziness.

    my thought exactly beep,
    i do not remember the question, however i believe beer is the answer

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    Quote Originally Posted by beep View Post
    ...You may also be experiencing BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). If so, you should see an ENT physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. If it is BPPV, there are some fairly simple head movements (the Epley and Semont Maneuvers) that might address the dizziness....
    Did anyone else look up these treatments? That is, medically, the wackiest thing I've ever heard of. It is like those little puzzles where you tilt the box to get the bb to fall into different holes. I guess it must work though.http://www.peacehealth.org/kbase/top...519/detail.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAlexander View Post
    Did anyone else look up these treatments? That is, medically, the wackiest thing I've ever heard of. It is like those little puzzles where you tilt the box to get the bb to fall into different holes. I guess it must work though.http://www.peacehealth.org/kbase/top...519/detail.htm
    Heh...I've used them. If you need them, they can be a godsend...
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    Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and advice. I have now got some good ideas to think about and then put into action. I think the first thing I'm going to do is check into Beep's solution by visiting my Dr. because I love to swing until I get sick that is. lol
    I'd love to be able to go on a roller coaster again!
    I did try the diagonal sleeping but just the slightest movement made my head swim and my stomach roll.
    Draminine (sp) might help too....at least until I can get some help.
    Once again, Thanks everyone!

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    When I didn't have tieouts on my first hammock I would lean a trekking pole along side the hammock and would stop the swinging after i got in by just holding on to it against the ground.

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