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    How Hammocks Help You Sleep

    I recived this in an e-mail so take it with a grain of salt. I found it intresting.
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    How Hammocks Help You Sleep
    By Susan McQuillan
    Reviewed by QualityHealth's Medical Advisory Board

    Tempted to sleep out in a hammock on a warm summer night? Or take a hammock nap in the late afternoon? It may turn out to be the best sleep you ever got.

    If you're a parent, you know that rocking a baby is the best way to get him to sleep. If you have a grandmother, you may have seen how quickly she falls asleep in a rocking chair. Now, a Swiss study says rocking might also be the best way to get you to sleep.

    If you've ever fallen asleep in a hammock, you know how easy it is to nod off while gently swaying back and forth in a rocking "bed." Scientists from the University of Geneva questioned why this is so and set out to find out what makes a hammock or a rocking cradle so conducive to falling asleep. They found that rocking not only helps you fall asleep faster but can also help you stay asleep

    During the study, the brain activities of 12 well-rested men, aged 22 to 30, were monitored by electroencephalogram (EEG) while they napped on either a gently rocking bed or a regular bed. None of these men normally napped on a regular basis. Every one of the men who slept on a rocking bed fell asleep sooner and spent more time in a deeper sleep state than those who slept on a stationary bed.

    Gentle rocking is soothing behavior that is in keeping with the environmental conditions most likely to promote and accommodate a good night's sleep. The researchers also say that rocking has a synchronizing effect on the brain that enhances natural sleep rhythms. Simply put, rocking causes a rhythmic stimulation in your brain that basically lulls you to sleep.

    While monitoring the brain activity of the study participants who napped on a rocking bed, the researchers noted that the men's brains were producing more pulses, known as sleep spindles, which help prevent outside disturbances from causing arousal. Heavy sleepers are known to produce more sleep spindles than light sleepers. Sleep spindles, which are only produced during sleep, also play a role in memory retention.

    Further research will help these sleep scientists discover how rocking affects longer sleeping times, how it affects memory and whether or not gentle swaying can help people with true sleep disorders get more and higher quality rest.

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    Awesome stuff!

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    I've heard many reports about these studies lately. No surprises here.

    Now who's going to develop a little device to keep the hammock gently rocking while we sleep?
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    They already invented it, well, grow it.

    Called Beans. A good dishfull keeps my hammock a rockin all night long.
    From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
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    Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
    Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
    Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
    The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
    JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
    TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
    The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.

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    Also keeps most wild critters away.
    From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
    William Crane
    aka MrClean
    Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
    Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
    Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
    The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
    JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
    TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
    The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.

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    And friends, acquaintances, family members, pets, park rangers, medical professional, etc.
    From Somewhere near Parkville, Mo
    William Crane
    aka MrClean
    Everything you need to know about Hammocks in vids and reading:
    Hammock in 3 minutes D. Hansen - It really is this easy to make a hammock
    Shug's Hammock Newbies videos - Takes you buy the hand and shows you in video
    The Ultimate Hang D. Hansen - now read about everything
    JustJeff's Hammock tutorial - more reference
    TableclothFactoryBlanks - shorter lengths available on sidebar
    The TurtleDog Stand thread - Hang anywhere.

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    I've found most of this out over the last few months, still waiting for the improved memory though.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Yes, my hammock both cradles & rocks me to sleep. Not near as good as spooning... but it's the next best thing right now
    Still waiting for the improved memory here too
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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