The first known instance of people sleeping in hammocks comes from writing dated back to 450 BC from a Greek student of Socrates. In more recent times, hammocks have been used in Central America, where there presence was noted by Columbus during his exploration of the Bahamas.
This simple device soon spread throughout the world and became especially popular with sailors and soldiers. Not only did hammocks provide space-saving sleeping solutions, they also kept slumbering sailors safe from pesky rats and rodents that would otherwise be tempted to crawl over them all night long.
The picturesque image of relaxing in a hammock, reading a book and listening to the sounds of the waves makes this one of the most relaxing things on my bucket list!