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The Benefits of Rocking Yourself To Sleep

There's nothing nicer than to lie on a hammock and be gently swayed by the wind as you drift off to slumber. Not only is it relaxing, it also helps improve sleep and memory, a study shows.

"Having a good night's sleep means falling asleep rapidly and then staying asleep during the whole night," says Laurence Bayer of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
"Our volunteers--even if they were all good sleepers--fell asleep more rapidly when rocked and had longer periods of deeper sleep associated with fewer arousals during the night. We thus show that rocking is good for sleep."

(Image credit: Jared Rice/Unsplash)


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I do not understand how anyone can call a hammock comfortable. Sometimes they are the best alternative, but are never good: forced to sleep on the back, held in an unnatural curve, not able to shift during the night.
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This probably goes all the way back to the womb, and why babies like to be rocked. It simulates the motion they experienced in utero when Mom was moving about.
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