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Old 02-02-2015, 09:24 PM
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Back problems and hammocks

Has anyone had back problems when sleeping on a hammock?
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Old 02-02-2015, 10:22 PM
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Are you asking about getting back pain from sleeping in a hammock, or are you wondering if back pain is relieved in a hammock, or both?

I haven't slept in a hammock every night for consecutive years as I have on a mattress and ground. So, I lack that that type of experience. However, we're all different, so your experience is the most important consideration for your personal comfort.

A hammock doesn't necessarily keep one's back in a perfect position; however, I'd say this is true of any camping option.

I am able to sleep on my back in a hammock with more neck/back comfort than I can on other options - to the extent I've experienced thus far.

To maintain back comfort on the ground (mattress), I have to move from side to side more often than I do in a hammock. Moving side to side is more difficult for me in an hammock, but there's less need for me to do so (perhaps due to less pressure point discomfort).

Of course, it's best to do your own independent research and pay attention to how your body responds to your choices.

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Old 02-06-2015, 01:38 PM
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I had some discomfort years ago while using a hammock that was on the shorter side. Less room to get that flat diagonal sweet spot I think.

Other than that, my back tends to appreciate my hammocks!
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:25 AM
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My back has never given me issues after a night in a hammock.

I have however had a few nights where my head end slips a little and I wind up with my feet well above my head much of the night. I wake up from those with a headache and feet that take a while to feel right.

Invest in a quality suspension method. Done be afraid to over do it. Use hitches that don't slip.
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Old 07-12-2016, 02:19 PM
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I crushed a vertebrae in a rock climbing accident a long time ago.

I feel much better when I sleep in a hammock compared to sleeping on the ground.
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