The Mayan people have been known to refer to the hammock as the ‘gift from the gods.’
As the global fight against the spread of COVID-19 continues, many of us are experiencing rising pressures which may be causing an increase in feelings of stress and anxiety. As our opportunities for engaging in leisure activities outside of the home are limited, we must now look for additional ways to relax within the home. Our beautiful Mayan hammocks are among our most popular items – read below to find out why they are the divine way to recline.
- Improve your sleep: Hammocks help us to achieve the ideal sleeping position…and then keep us there! According to Dr. Steven Park, a member of the American Academy of Sleep medicine, we should sleep on our backs with our heads slightly elevated. While we may toss and turn in a traditional bed, hammocks prompt us to get into an optimal position, and then wrap snuggly around us so that we don’t budge. Once we’re nice and cosy, the hammock cradles us and rocks us gently to sleep. Research published in Current Biology has found that this rocking motion induces brain waves that not only help us to fall asleep faster, but also help us to sustain a deeper sleep. Deeper sleep comes with a variety of health benefits, including quicker recovery from illness and improved immunity.
- Reduce stress: Hammocks have been proven to help us to relax faster by improving circulation, reducing blood pressure, reducing the build-up of toxins in the body and getting rid of congestion – both physical and emotional.
- Improve focus: The deeper sleep we get in a hammock may help us to feel more energized, motivated and focused. Not only that, but the brain waves induced by the rocking motion of the hammock have also been linked with improved memory due to increased activity in the pre-frontal cortex. Research has found that reading in a hammock is more enjoyable due to increased concentration.
- Reduce muscle aches: Stress and anxiety can cause us to hold additional tension in our bodies, leading to muscular aches and pains. Spending too much time working in front of a computer screen can often also lead to back pain. Hammocks have no pressure points and allow our bodies to relax in a position that complements our natural curves.
We invite you to treat yourself to one of our beautifully designed hammocks and start enjoying all of these wonderful benefits. Our hammocks are hand-woven from naturally-dyed, organic cotton. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and may be the perfect addition to your home during this stressful period.
By purchasing products from Trama Textiles, you are providing a fair income to indigenous families in the highlands of Guatemala and helping to preserve their cultural traditions. Your support is appreciated now more than ever as shops and markets in Guatemala are currently still closed.