I’m a side-sleeper so I was a little worried it would be uncomfortable on my side. Not at all! (Villains don’t sleep on their backs, you have to be ready to spring into action at any given moment. Besides, what kind of freak would I be yelling at strangers while lying on my back?) It might be more comfortable with a small pillow but my outdoor pillow is too fat so I’m more comfortable without. I couldn’t sleep on my back if I tried on a bed but it’s all I can do to stay awake in this thing no matter WHAT weird position I manage to try. I do have back problems and, as others have mentioned, not having any pressure points is a wonderful thing! I really didn’t understand how that was possible, given the nature of a hammock (you’d think the weight would all be at the bottom) but it really doesn’t work that way, at least it doesn’t feel like it.
What the hammock does is cradles your body so you are not propping up pillows. Your body can actually totally RELAX. My head is on a slight incline which is apparently enough to prevent drowning in my mucus. It is an amazing experience to wake up in the morning fully rested without anything hurting. I would not have believed it had I not experienced it.
The hammock is made of cotton. It is thick but not stiff like grandpaw's old tarp. It is soft and sturdy.
The stand goes together with some wingnuts, no tools necessary. Takes 5 minutes tops.
This is hands down the best purchase. I use this hammock as my bed replacement and I have never looked back.
As a matter of fact, I still snuggle in every night and have myself a little contented sigh of GRATITUDE because I KNOW I will sleep well.
I don't mean sleep like a baby (right!) I mean sleep like a teenager at noon. Mouth open, drooling and totally OUT.