Side sleepers

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  1. joedirt199

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    So wondering how hammocks work for side sleepers or belly sleepers. I rarely find myself flat on the back unless I am having an allergy day and the nose will not stop running. Those nights are usually proceeded by nyquil and it doesn't matter which way I sleep then.
     
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    I've managed on my side in the hammock. The way mine is set though it has too much sag for belly sleeping.
     
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    I am normally a side sleeper but sleep on my back comfortably in my hammock. I have a friend who side sleeps in a Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro and is comfortable. For sleeping on your belly you will need a bridge hammock. I think.
     
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    Same experience I've had.
     
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    I have no prob sleeping any position i want in my Warrbonnet Backbird, even modified stomache, with one leg up like its on the back of the couch lol
     
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    I'm a full time side sleeper in both bed and hammock. I tend to go a bit into a curl in a hammock, and with the bends this can raise my feet a bit....anyway, i use my socks stuff sack between my knees or under my knees. Having just a little something there to bump and balance the low spot in the middle to the higher point on the end really helps. Also using something for a pillow for your neck. I use a puffy jacket stuffed into its sleeve. That lets me ball it up more if i need more support or pull it outf there's too much.

    Happy hanging!
     
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    I'm a side sleeper and I do fine in my hammocks, just have to remember to stay on a diagonal. I will say that while I'm side only in a bed, in the hammock I find myself rolling onto my back for about a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the night.
     
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    +1 on the diagonal. If can manage the side as long as I'm positioned correctly. No way to belly sleep in the Eno Junglenest IMO.
     
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    I am a belly or side sleeper in a bed. My first night in a hammock was flat on my back around the clock. Couldn't believe I slept 12 hrs. let alone on my back. Granted I was super tired. I had been without meaningful sleep in days.

    I now sleep way better in a hammock than in bed. A normal, very sound 8 hrs. is more typical. I just don't think about any other position in the hammock. Comfy is Comfy.

    In a bed I'm on my side or belly. Crazy.
     
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    I side sleep in my home made gathered end asym hammock, on the diagnol. Only issue has been when it was very cold.my knees would compress the insulation of the mss and I would wake up.with just the tips of my knees cold, weird sensation for sure. Rest of the time I am good to go.
    Adam G
     
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    Normally a side sleeper in bed, but I just don't seem to have that need in the hammock. I sleep very comfortably on my back.
     
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    Side and belly sleeper in a bed.

    Back sleeper in hammock.

    Hammock sleeping is bliss.
     
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    Now to pick one out and give it a try. Was a little worried I would wake up cramped as all get out
     
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    Make sure you get one that is big enough for you. At 6' 3" I bought a 9' hammock and it was way cramped. The one I made was 11' long and is damn comfy.
    Adam G
     
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    Long and or wide is your key. They are making crazy wide hammocks now with new materials. I made an 11' hammock out of Robic from rip stop by the roll and it is amazing! Longer lets you stretch, wider lets you spread, and get that diagonal.

    J
     
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    I sleep on my side normally too but have zero trouble sleeping on my back in my hammock. I don't use my hammock much but when I do I look forward to a good back sleep.
     
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    Hammocks can change how you sleep...

    I used to be a stomach sleeper, but back problems have taken their toll over the years, and I now spend most of my time on my back... On a bad night I will roll about every 30-45 minutes to find a comfortable spot; stomach, side, back, other side, and then stomach again.

    All that's different in a hammock... There, I sort of lay half on my back and half on my left side... on a good night, that's how I wake up 10 hours later. but normally, I end up on my side fetal-ed up, and stay there, get up to pee, and maybe change positions when I get back in...

    You won't know til you try.
     
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    Another option is a bridge hammock, like the Warbonnet Ridgerunner. I'm a side sleeper and have one and it's very comfortable.
     
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    I slept fine in a gathered end style hammock on my side, but I just changed it up to a bridge style hammock, and couldn't be happier. It's a night and day difference between how flat and comfortable the lay is between the two styles. For a guy like me who has a bad back it's been the best gear purchase I've made in a long while.

    Both styles have their good and bad things, but I was amazed at how much more comfortable I was in my new bridge hammock than I ever was in any of my gathered end hammocks, and I loved/love my gathered end hammocks a lot.

    It's a whole different setup and learning curve for a bridge though, but most everything translates over as far as suspension, but the hang angles are different, different way to hang an under quilt, etc.
     
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    Using a wider hammock (e.g., ENO Doublenest), and sleeping on the diagonal has afforded me some of my most restful nights out in the wilds. I'm a side-sleeper, and this diagonal lay accommodates that just fine. However, as others have already pointed out, I find myself comfortably sleeping on my back at times also.
     
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    I also recommend a bridge style hammock.
     
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    If money and weight is no issue, bridge hammocks are the way to go for side or stomach sleeping. I have a WBRR and love it, but is a little heavy and bulky roughly 4lb. I ended up making my own gathered end out of the RobicXL 1.0 (68" wide vs. the normal width of 58") the extra 10" really helps get that diagonal lay, even for a big guy like me right at 1lb.

    J
     
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    Looks like the ridgerunner is going to be my new/first hammock. Found a review between the eureka, and jacks r better and it seems the ridgerunner has better features even though they have pretty much the same features.
     

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