When it comes to any hammock cocoon, we can all get behind a bit of a comedy – and that too, without pretending that cocoon hammocks don’t carry a sense of misconception.
I am not even going to try and sugarcoat the “tragedy” because I have seen a lot of people making basic mistakes with these bad boys.
From setting up a hammock cocoon to twisting over, this post covers the do’s and don’ts of hammocking. And yes, there’s the human waffle effect too, which I am going to talk about in a bit.
To help you understand how to use the hammock cocoon the right way, I am going to talk about a few scenarios that people don’t always get right the first time. That being said, there’s no perfect way of sleeping in or using a hammock because most of them require a bit of improvisation at the campsite.
On a bigger level, the misconceptions associated with hammock cocoon is not just limited to people in the United States. At Summit Style, we are usually hounded with questions from people who have all the intention of buying a hammock cocoon, but they don’t know the first thing about it.
As a result, it leads to an impulsive buying decision, which we try to avoid at best. But some unlucky campers slip through the crack, only to contact us later that the hammock didn’t work as intended. As much as we like to blame the customer for buying the wrong hammock cocoon type, we nudge them in the right direction so that they don’t end up repeating the same mistakes on their next purchase.
What’s the Usual Analogy about Hammock Cocoon?
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A hammock cocoon or a cocoon-shaped hammock comes in different build qualities.
The ones that we usually see in advertisements, and those special photo-op images on the internet are hammocks with spreader bars on both sides. This special hammock is characterized in a way that elicits a Godly comfort level, while a babe is seen sleeping on them without any worry or care in the world.
To make matters worse, here’s where the first step of hammock cocoon, or any other hammock type’s brainwashing starts.
1. The Human Waffle Effect with Hammock Cocoon:
Lo and behold!
Let’s start with the first misconception – i.e. the human waffle effect. Disparity starts with a netted hammock that you usually see on any popular online hammock camping website.
It’s also called the ‘Hammock Rope Tattoo’ where your bodyweight, netted hammock and some good ol’ gravity play an important part. Since you cannot eliminate body weight and gravity out of the equation, the only thing that’s replaceable in this hammock cocoon dilemma is the hammock itself.
So how does the waffle effect work?
It’s simple. You find or buy yourself a nice rope hammock and find your sweet spot to sleep in it.
To make matters worse, go ahead and buy a super cheap netted hammock with slightly bigger rope spacing in it. Now, let gravity do the work and the crisscrossing platform shapes will leave deep marks on your skin.
The next thing you know is waking up to immense pain, probably, all over your body, and in your back and neck too. Since you were literally waffled during your entire sleep duration, the crisscrossing patterns on the hammock and the gravity not only left hideous marks on your skin but also caused numbing pain in your neck.
That’s undue torture, and the best way of dealing with it is to NOT buy a netted hammock cocoon. Instead, you should be aiming for a high-quality fabric hammock with an overhead canopy to protect you from direct sunlight.
2. Spreader Bar Hammocks are ‘The Devil’:
Okay, so the idea behind using spreader bar hammocks obviously comes from the sense of comfort they exude due to a flatbed-like shape.
First-time hammock enthusiasts are often overwhelmed at the sight of spreader bar hammocks because of their flat shape. At least, that way, you are able to sleep peacefully for longer hours, right? After all, the hammock looks like a mattress floating in the air and you won’t be slouched in it, as opposed to a hammock cocoon that has literally NO spreader bars, to begin with.
I hate to break it to you, but spreader bar hammocks are not ideally suitable for camping, sleeping, or lounging. It’s one of the biggest product misconceptions in the history of hammocks. The idea is perceived by people who are about to use the hammocks for the first time as a great opportunity to sleep on something that is spread out flat.
However, a spreader bar hammock is highly prone to twisting, flipping, and swaying. As a result, you will fall many times during your sleep.
But wait, that’s not the worst of it. Spreader bar hammocks also cause searing back pain, since you are using a hammock with a design flaw that forces the structure to remain flat. Meanwhile, your body is naturally playing its role with gravity, trying to push down the hammock to resemble a hammock's cocoon shape.
As a result, spreader bars on both sides of the hammock prevent your body from actually assuming a comfortable position. To tell you the truth, the flatter, bed-like appearance is only meant for “beds.” Period.
Don’t fall for the illusion associated with spreader bar hammocks. They are good when used in moderation, but if you are looking to invest in a high-quality hammock for a long time, be sure to buy a cocoon-shaped hammock.
How to Sleep in the Hammock Cocoon?
Hammocks are not meant to dump you or flip over.
Cocoon shaped hammocks look a bit sketchy because of the slouched shape, and how people just bend like ‘U’ shaped abnormalities in them. In reality, there’s a specific way of sleeping in hammock cocoons.
You should be sleeping in these bad boys, by position your body diagonally instead of lying down straight on your back. This way, the comfort level is evenly distributed across all pressure points, without causing any pain in your lower back.
3. Hammock Fear is Natural! Don’t Worry About It:
There’s something called: hammock fear that usually works along the lines of ‘I will fall flat if I ever try to sleep in a hammock’ catchphrase. This situation, or should I say: misconception, is very common among people who haven’t tried sleeping in a hammock, or they’ve had very little experience with hammocking.
That’s why people are reportedly afraid of sleeping in these beautiful floatation products that have little to no chance of flipping over.
Even, spreader bar hammocks don’t flip that much, until and unless you were careless enough to install one in a windy area, or to a dead tree.
Technically, from a sane camper’s perspective, a hammock is not supposed to flip. If you are worried about sleeping in a hammock because it is most likely to flip, that’s because you have chosen the wrong hammock type.
Cocoon shaped hammocks, or hammock cocoons, do not flip easily. They are made in a way to retain their shape and position. At most, a hammock cocoon will sway back and forth if the wind is blowing too hard. However, this light motion will only make you fall asleep faster – and you will wake up feeling fresh, like a million bucks, in the morning.
If it’s any consolation, you should also know that hammocks have very few pressure points because they are suspended between two pillars. Unlike a mattress, that has evenly distributed pressure points, a person sleeping in a hammock doesn’t toss and turn that much.
So, yeah, you will not fall flat on your face. Don’t sweat it.
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If I were you, I’d go ahead and order a hammock online and test it in my backyard before taking it with me on the next camping trip.
Other than that, remember to have fun and share your experiences through the comments section below.
If you did end up falling, why did it happen? Do you think it was because of that practical joke of a hammock, that we like to interpret as ‘spreader bar hammocks’, or you bought a cocoon-shaped hammock indeed but things didn’t quite go well as planned?