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    Default Question for hammock hikers

    How difficult is it for "side sleepers" to use a hammock? Thanks!
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    I have no problem in my Clark Jungle Hammock. I use a foam pad and turn sideways. The only time I've been partially cold is when my knees were against the hammock fabric with my down compressed away. It was about 20 - 25* out. I'm also 6'2" with LOOOOONG legs.

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    I'm a 100% side sleeper in a bed, but for whatever reason I sleep almost entirely on my back in my Blackbird. Something about it is so comfortable. The few times I've slept on my side I haven't had any issues

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    I sleep on either side in my hammock without any hindrance. It is part of my nightly rotation.

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    I have no issues sleeping on my side in a hammock if not confined to a sleeping bag . That's why I find that quilts are a better option for hammock users , no bunching up underneath of material
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    I've slept about 6 nights this month in my gathered end hammock. No problems sleeping on my side. I do find that I can actually sleep about half on my side, half on my back, nestled in nicely on the diagonal.

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    I'm a side sleeper (left, right, back and repeat) normally. However, in my hammock, I tend to sleep mainly on my back. Love it. However, sleeping on my side is not an issue. Like previously mentioned, my pad does move some as I shift position in my Hennessey. If I purchase a new hammock, it will be a double layer where the pad will be secured, like a War Bonnet.

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    Like the others said, no problem at all. I've always been a side/stomach sleeper but in my hammock, Warbonnet Blackbird 1.1 double layer, I tend to sleep mostly on my back. I've never slept so good in my life. I returned from a 2 week trip about a month ago and I've not gotten re-comfortable in my bed since I got home. I wish I could sleep in my hammock at home.

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    As others attested to; I also am a side sleeper, often switching sides throughout the night, having no issues sleeping on my side in the hammock. When in my hammock though I am typically a back sleeper or half side half back sleeper. Eight months since my last through and I still can't get used to my bed. Either time for a new bed or I am setting the hammock up in the bedroom; tell me I can't do it!
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    i sleep on my side in my hennessy. its not that bad. turning from back to side is a little awkward, but once there its fine. I have found it's easier with the quilt than a sleeping bag, but then again there's so much the quilt has going for it any way.
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    Did it this weekend. Slept on both my side and stomach just fine, without any issue.
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    i sleep on my backside, left side, right side, as long as i dont sleep on the outside of my hammock, im ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryGerman View Post
    As others attested to; I also am a side sleeper, often switching sides throughout the night, having no issues sleeping on my side in the hammock. When in my hammock though I am typically a back sleeper or half side half back sleeper.
    Same here.
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    I've been hiking so I'm late in thanking you for the responses to my question. Seems to not be a problem. Thanks again!
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