Hammocks can be found in most parts of the world, especially in countries like Perú, Brazil, Central and South America, and India, where people use them as their only, full-time option for sleeping.
The inventor of the hammock has been lost to history, the Spanish Conquistadors wrote about how they learned of them from the Caribbean (Taíno) Indians – Hamaca is a Taíno word meaning “fish net.”
They found them so comfortable and practical that they adopted them right away.
Sleeping off the ground, above the wet ground, creepy crawlies and snakes was one major advantage at the time.
Hammocks were made of netting, which lets the air through, making it much dryer and cooler than sleeping on the ground.
Hammocks became standard sleeping quarters in Spanish Ships:
Watch a very interesting short documentary on how old netting hammocks were made:
Here’s a video promoting the virtues of replacing beds with hammocks:
For people living in small spaces hammocks are ideal. They take up a small amount of space, and only while in use. They are super simple, light weight, easy to store and much cheaper than a bed.
You need about three nights to get the hang of sleeping in a hammock, (the trick is to lay diagonally), but once you get used to it, you won’t be able to sleep on a bed ever again…