I've had similar experiences mentioned in the other posts on this topic. I tried sleeping in my backyard the first time I put up my hammock. I gave up after a few hours. My big dog, Misto, kept pushing her snout into the bug net to lick me and check on me every few minutes. My little dog, Holly, kept barking. I heard the street noise and it was also, surprisingly bright out. I didn't put up my tarp that evening thinking that watching the stars would help me fall asleep.
Then, I went up on the AT with Redtail. We hung 30 + feet away from each other because we both admitted to being loud snorers on the hike to the shelter area. I slept pretty well that night except for when I slipped off of of my cc pad and hit "cold spots". It got down to 42 degrees out.
Then I got a Speer Snugfit underquilt, took it to MAHHA and slept like a rock each night. I'm convinced that using any kind of underquilt, makes sleeping much easier because there is less to deal with inside of the hammock.
I also agree that using earplugs can help one sleep. My girlfriend uses them and unless I am really loud, I sleep through the night without an elbow to the ribs. We've both found that the Leight Earplugs that one can purchase at most chain drugstores have been the most comfortable for us. They are made of foam and conform to the inside of your ear once you put them in.
In a bed I am a dedicated stomach sleeper, but I have never felt ill-at-ease while sleeping in my hammock; nor have I had any trouble getting to sleep. Admittedly tho, I can sleep anywhere, pretty much.
My oldest son however can't sleep in a hammock at all. Says sleeping while suspended freaks him out. I think he psych's himself out and can't get to sleep, he's just happier on the ground. To each their own I say...
Knowing what I know now (namely how comfortable a hammock is) I would give it everything I had to be able to sleep in one.
"I aim to misbehave." - Capt. Mal Reynolds
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He can bivi below your hammock and save one tarp, but take it easy with the beans...
My room overlooks the 17th green of a very posh golf course. I'm eyeing a set of palm trees that look about 15' apart. Might just go stealth tonight; room is paid for, that covers the trees too....right? I thought ahead and brought my neo 9x9!
Well, I'm back from Catoctin. Friday night it was raining rather heavy all night, I slepped off and on. You know the type, you don't rally have any sense of sleeping, but during the lucid moments realize that the reality you just lived through was in fact a dream. I think I need to get a larger rain tarp. I didn't actually get wet, but I did stay damp.
The second night after hiking most of the day (half of it with pack) I slepped a bit better, though I did wake frequently. This is usually how I sleep when camping (on the ground, though not so comfortably) anyway, so no harm done.
A few minor problems, I cant seem to find the "sweet" spot where you get the right diagonal to be more or less flat, rather than doing the banana. Or at least getting me and the pad both in the right position to avoid the cold spots. Ya, an under quilt is defiantly a priority before it gets much colder.
On a side note I packed my full load anticipation my through-hike next year. My pack weighed out at about 35lbs.