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    You can't get perfectly flat in a hammock because when it opens out the sides have to be higher than the centre. You could whip one with sides longer than the centre but that would be weird.

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    Ewker, just get yourself a hammock and try it, man!

    The hammock wraps around you, I find a half side/back position is good- though I have done on my stomach sleeping.

    Funny, I was a dedicated stomach (bed) sleeper, and after using my hammock I find I cope better with sleeping on my back (bed)

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    Having done my first cold weather overnighter this weekend I thought i'd pipe in here and share my vast warehouse of knowledge. Whenever I sleep on my back in a bed my back gives me fits. During my few hammock tests and my first overnighter I've slept mainly on my back. Much to my amazement I've awakened fresh, well rested and and back pain free. I
    too thought hammock hanging would be murder on the back but just the opposite has proven true. You really need to try it to believe it.

    Miguel

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    I had back surgery for a ruptured disc a few years ago. Hammocks are great for the back. It is the only way that I am able to do long hikes. On the ground my back hurts most of the next day.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
    The hanger formly known as "hammock engineer".

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    in the spring of 02, i broke two vertebra in my back & 13 places in ribs (front & back).
    i was a happy camper when i discovered the hammock. ...tim
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    my back HATES me, when I go back inside to the regular bed.

    It gets over it, of course. Its not that bad. *just in case someone read that and decided not to "spoil" bed sleeping, and avoids hammocks.*

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    my hammock gear weights total: 2430g (~86oz)
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    (see my profile for detailed weights)

    gram counter, not gram weenie!

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    Ewker,
    I, too, am a side and stomack sleeper and toss and turn a lot during the night. In my HH I usually lay on my back for a while and then roll over to my side before I fall asleep. Several times through the night I'll rotate from one side to my other side but not as often as I do in my bed.
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    i sleep in the kungfoo postion neo

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    Quote Originally Posted by neo View Post
    i sleep in the kungfoo postion neo
    Just like Chuck Norris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    Hmmm - that Dr. should study all of those couch potatoes that sleep in their reclining loungers. Ever tried sleeping on your side in a lounger??? When at home I sometimes nap in the afternoon in my recliner. Wake up quite refreshed after napping for an hour sleeping on my back. Find sleeping on my back in a flat bed un-natural and hard to do.
    I almost never sleep on my back at home. I try it every once in a while, but I usually get sore and end up turning over. In my hammock, on the other hand, I always sleep on my back. I'll spread my legs out sometimes - kind of a half indian-style - but once I hit the sack I'm out. Other than my knees giving me problems a couple of times in my HH because I wasn't careful about supporting them well enough, I've never slept poorly or been sore in the morning.
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