There seems to be very little research on long-term health or spine drawbacks to sleeping in a hammock (anything besides individuals informal blog-type posts). Just one study about sleeping in a hammock would be valuable.

  • Some claim the spine decompresses in a hammock.
  • Some claim that a hammock does not provide the body support it needs.

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    Do you know of any notable claims that sleeping in a hammock long-term is(n't) risky? – JAB Aug 31 '17 at 21:26
  • I just (informally) heard about potential spine issues. – adamaero Aug 31 '17 at 21:28
  • I've heard informally that sleeping on a soft surface, even a soft mattress, is bad for your spine. It's a folk wisdom I think. – ventsyv Sep 1 '17 at 14:45
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    Is it believed broadly enough to be notable? Alternately/additionally, is there some sort of medical questions stack exchange out there? – Ben Barden Sep 1 '17 at 17:37
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    "Some claim ..." Who? What exactly do they say? And while a hammock is not rigid, it isn't exactly soft either. Your body weight creates a definite tension. I would not use soft mattress research to characterize use of a hammock. They work quite differently. – Brythan Sep 2 '17 at 3:17

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