On July 22 relax in the shade and enjoy the summer day as it is National Hammock Day.
A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or resting, is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees.
Hammocks are a symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple, easy living.
- Developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping.
- Were later used aboard ships by sailors for comfort and to maximize space.
- Early hammocks were woven out of the bark of trees.
- Hammocks give you a deeper sleep: Have you have wondered why you feel instantly relaxed when you lie in a hammock? It turns out that it’s not just the ocean vista in front of you that makes you feel serene – it’s the actual physics of lying in a hammock that makes you sleepy. The rocking motion of a hammock makes you feel like a baby being nursed by its mother, encouraging a deep and satisfying sleep.
- Christopher Columbus introduced hammocks to Europe. The man who discovered the Americas, Christopher Columbus, had his eye on the prize when he made it to American shores, and wasted absolutely no time in transporting hammocks back to the European continent in the 15th century.
- The Google Trend Graph for “Hammock” Searches Resembles a Shark’s Mouth
- The word hammock comes from the Spanish word hamaca, which was picked up from Haiti probably on the same Columbus trip. The related Haitian word means ‘fish net’.