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What is the best sitting position?

135 degrees sitting position

To start with, our body is not built for sitting … and we sit way too much! A well know research has demonstrated that a 135-degree body-thigh sitting posture is the best biomechanical sitting position, as opposed to a 90-degree posture, which most people consider normal. That is what one gets in the hammock Flying Carpet, together with support on the lower back, at the neck level and under the knees. 

What is the difference between a Classic hammock and a hammock Flying Carpet?

To lie or to sit: thats is the big difference! 

In the traditional design of hammock we call “Classic Hammock”, one lies lenghtwise.  It gives a lying position, mainly for sleeping. 

In a hammock Flying Carpet, on sits crosswise, in the opposite direction. This way, it is possible to use the strings to give a shape to the hammock. The result is a relaxed sitting position in which the spine is free from pressure, where the torso is lift up, the lower back supported, the head gently nested in a comfortable position, with additionnal support under the knees to protect the knee joints.

The hammock Flying Carpet is a very evolved piece of ergonomic hanging furniture which give its user a healthy and relaxed sitting position for reading, having a nap, cuddle together with someone dear, work on a laptop, chat with a friend and so on.

What to choose: a net or a fabric hammock?

Net hammocks are originally for South America. They are the most traditional types of hammocks  and their reputation is to be cooler. They come in all kind of sizes. Quality is judged by the weight of the hammmock and size of the net waving.  Because of that, good quality net hammock are often bulky and heavy.

Net waving is rather unstable, so the hammock tend to  stretch and deform, loosing its shape. Mooving in a net hammock without stretching the waving  can be challenging. When one of the net woven ropes is pulled out, a line of tension is created in the hammock  and is imposible to repair. Many find this type of hammock uncomfortable because the ropes net presses against the body, leaving an imprint that can take a few hours to diseapear. They are very difficult to wash.

Arambol Hammocks products are made out of 100 % cotton twill woven with hight count – high density tread. Cotton is a skin friendly fiber and it absorbs humidity. The quality of the fabric is what  guaranties the stability, durability and lightweight of the product.   Arammbol Hammock products are shaped with strings for more comfortable and due to the quality of the fabric, they do not loose their comfortable shape even with prolong use. All products are sized for maximum comfort and minium weight. Arambol Hammocks range of product is available in a choice of colors in prints, batik or unicolor. They are easy to  wash, easy to fold and lightweight.

 

Can i leave my hammock or hammock chair outside in the rain?

Would you leave a pair of Levis jeans out during a whole summer under the rain and the sun (or out in the open during monsoon) and expect them to be wearable again after? Most probably not because you know your jeans would become  moldy, burned out by the sun or rotten. When cotton fabric is exposed to an alternance of rain and sun without drying up fully in between exposures, the fabric develops mold. Mold is a fungus that is feeding from the cotton fiber, weakening it and shortening the lifespan of the product.

So if you want to enjoy the comfort of your hammock or hammock chair for a long time, you will prolong their life by keeping them protected from rain and excessive sun. Use “S” hooks or carabiners to connect the hammocks rings to the chain or the rope. Then it is easy and quick to hook it off to store it away when you are not using it. 

How long can I expect my hammock to last?

Arambol Hammocks products are made with the best quality materials and a lot of care. Their lifespan can be everything from 6 to 12 years but it all depends on how the hammocks are used and cared for.

Outdoors Use -Tropical Climate: 

According to the feed-back of our customers, used in a tropical country, for a period of 6 months a year near the sea and exposed to a lot of sunshine, the average life of Arambol Hammocks products is 6 years.

Our products are made out of 100 % cotton, a natural fiber which is friendly to the skin. Of course, if the hammmock is not  stored away properly during monsoon, during that period when the humidity level rises so much that nothing dry out anymore, it will develop mold. 

 Mold is a fungus that needs water to grow.  It causes biodegradation of natural materials, like cotton in the case of Arambol Hammocks products, weakening the fabric. One very wet monsoon can dammage the hammmock and shorthen its life.

Outdoors Use – Colder Climate :

Used in an european country 6 months a year in summertime and kept away from excessive sun and from rain, the life of the hammock can exceed 10 years.

Our products are made out of 100 % cotton, a natural fiber which is friendly to the skin. Of course, if the hammock is left exposed to an alternance of sunshine and rain during a whole summer, its life will be shorter. When the fabric gets wet repetetively and does not dry out fully in between rain exposure, it may develop mold.  

Mold is a fungus that needs water to grow. It causes biodegradation of natural materials, like cotton in the case of Arambol Hammocks products, weakening the fabric. One very wet summer  can dammage the hammmock and shorthen its life.

RECOMMANDATIONS:

  • Keep your hammock away from excessive sun, rain and humidity. No need to fold it, just hang it where it will be protected from the elements: in the garden house, a wardrobe,  the garage.
  • Uses carabiners or “S” hooks to hang your hammock on and off from the chain or the rope. This way, it is fast and easy to put it up when needed or to take if off to store it when it is not needed anymore.
  • Body fat on the fabric can also lead to the growth of fungus, so wash your hammock from time to time. The hammock is easy to wash by hand or machine, and it will look, smell and feel better! 
  • Dont smoke in your hammock or do it carefully. Protect it from the teeth of animals like young dogs (Puppies like to munch on shoes (preferably your new pair), bags,  sofa and … hammocks.
  • Care for your hammock and you will enjoy it for a long time!

Can I sleep in my Hammock overnight?

What does Wikipedia says about that question: Can I sleep in my Hammock overnight?

According to Wikipedia  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammock) ,  “hammocks were developed by native inhabitants of Central and South America for sleeping. Later, they were used aboard ships by sailors to enable comfort and maximize available space, and by explorers or soldiers travelling in wooded regions and eventually by parents in the 1920s for containing babies just learning to crawl. Today they are popular around the world for relaxation; they are also used as a lightweight bed on camping trips. The hammock is often seen as symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple, easy living.”

Hammocks are described by Wikipedia as “a sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting. It normally consists of one or more cloth panels, or a woven network of twine or thin rope stretched with ropes between two firm anchor points such as trees or posts.”

What Aramol Hammocks says about that question: Can I sleep in my Hammock overnight?

Yes, one can sleep in a hammock overnight…more or less comfortably though, depending of the construction of the hammock. The primitive hammock design is not very evolved. Unless a hammock has been properly shaped, it will not allow its user the optimal sleeping  position which is to lie diagonally in the hammock.

Why is lying diagonnally in a hammock Classic better? 

Because when one lies straight in the middle of a hammock, one’s body follows the curved shape of the hammock. This curved position is not good for the back and for the spine.  When one lies diagonaly in a hammock, the body’s position changes to that of an open “v” letter so from the base of the spine up to the neck, the spine is straighter. That is much healthier for the back and the spine.

Can all hammocks be used diagonnally?

No. Unfortunaltely, not much thoughts has been given to the mecanics of hammocks excepts by Arambol Hammocks. Mainly unchanged mecanically, hammocks of the type we call “Classic” generally have tension in their middle, and floppy sides.  These features are preventing the hammock to be used in an optimal way which is the diagonal lying position.

Manufacturers are relying on the fact that the fabric or the net will stretch and release the tension found in the middle ot their products. It works…until the fabric or the net stretches so much that the hammock become a deep pocket.

Why is Arambol Hammocks Classic hammock better than others for sleeping?

Our hammock Classic has the right proportions, width and lenght, to be light and compact as well as of a size sufficient to be able to sleep confortably. It is shaped with strings to eliminate the tension in its center, thus allowing users to adopt a diagonal position which is better for their back and spine. Arambol Hammocks products are made of 100 % cotton twill. This type of weaving gives strenght and stability to the fabric, so the hammock keeps its shape and do not deform. 

 

Can i sleep in my hammock Flying Carpet?

Yes, one can have a nap in the hammock Flying Carpet, but this hammock is not designed to sleep full nights.
 
The Flying Carpet is designed to give a healthy sitting position, in which the spine is totally relaxed, with no more pressure on the vertebras or on the disks.