Ever find that you can't fall asleep in the afternoon on a bed — but fall asleep ever-so-quickly on a hammock? Now researchers know why.
A team of researchers at the University of Geneva studied 11 people napping on a stationary bed or in a rocking hammock. To their surprise, the folks in the hammock not only fell asleep faster than the folks on the regular bed — the rocking motion also induced the brain waves of stage N2 sleep, a type of deep sleep that typically occupies about half of a good night's sleep.
Bottom line: If you get a chance to snooze in a hammock, go for it!
"Hammocks May Improve Sleep," WebMD, Sep 6, 2011
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.