7 TIPS FOR GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP IN A TENT
Shedding modern luxuries and getting back to nature is my favourite part of camping. But when it comes to sleeping, I sometimes wish I had a little more luxury to help me drift off. I have never been good at sleeping in a tent. I make it as comfortable as I can and get as warm as possible but still, sleep evades me.
As an avid camper and long-time sleep-suffering enthusiast, I feel perfectly placed to offer my favourite tips for getting some outdoor shut-eye.
CHOOSE SLEEPING GEAR THAT IS FIT FOR PURPOSE
This is the biggest one. I used to have one sleeping bag that I used in all weather conditions, all tents, cars, mates floors and in the grass under the stars. I very quickly realised that this was doing nothing to assist my sleeping.
Get a sleeping bag which will match the temperature you will be sleeping in. If you car camp, get a sleeping bag specifically designed for car sleeping. They are usually wider and can be unzipped to create a quilt. In cars, go thicker. You don’t have to worry about weight. There are so many to choose from and they are very affordable these days.
If you are having trouble sleeping, it is also worth bringing a pillow. This doesn’t have to be a hefty thing from your bed at home. There are some great inflatables on the market that deflate to almost nothing and are ideal for lightweight backpackers. They’re better than a rolled up fleece.
EARPLUGS FOR A BETTER SLEEP
I know the sounds of nature are supposed to have a calming effect and help many drift off to sleep. Unfortunately, all too often the sounds of nature are replaced by the sounds of the campsite neighbours from Campbelltown having a barney in the early hours of the morning. Invest in some earplugs wherever you go. You never know when you are going to need them.
LOOK FOR FLAT GROUND
It isn’t always easy to find flat ground when you are in the bush. But it will pay dividends to get yourself flat surface. If it is absolutely impossible, make sure you sleep with your head uphill.
PREPARE YOUR SLEEPING AREA
You want to create a relaxing and comfortable sleeping environment. Remove any food, scented items like soap and shampoo and get all the rubbish out of the tent. You don’t want strong fragrances around to stimulate you while you are trying to doze off.
Stick to your home routine. If you always get into your pyjamas then clean your teeth, read for 20 minutes, then turn out the light, do the same thing when you are camping. This will help your body know it is time to sleep.
CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES BEFORE BED
Change your outfit for something warm and dry before bed. Going to sleep in the same clothes you spent the whole day in is unpleasant and might upset your sleeping.
EAT A SNACK BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP
Eating a snack within an hour of bedtime will help you stay warm at night. Digestion warms you up and will ensure you don’t wake up chilly in the night.
WEAR A HAT WHEN YOU SLEEP
Don’t let heat escape through your unprotected head and face. Wear a warm hat to bed if you think you might be cold at night. The head and brain actually contain a lot of your body’s blood that can easily lose heat, that being the reason why a hat or a beanie will help you stay so much warmer than otherwise.
Turn your camping nights into good night’s sleep. I still struggle sleeping outside but I think that is more down to me than anything else these days. All I can do is stick to these tips religiously and hope for the best.
Do you have any recommendations for getting your head down in a tent? Let us know in the comments section below.