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HOW TO SLEEP BETTER WHILE CAMPING

Sleeping under the stars and then waking up to the amazing views of nature sounds like a magical experience — one that you can get while camping. However, the reality is that there’s a lot of tossing and turning at night as you sleep on the cold, hard ground. Yes, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by when you’re in the great outdoors. It’s not impossible, though. There are some things you can do to make the experience more comfortable. Here are seven tips on how to sleep better while camping.

STRATEGIC TENT LOCATION

If you want to sleep better while camping, it’s important to pitch your tent in a good location. You have to find an area with a soft, flat surface and without any rocks or twigs. If you have no choice but to set up camp on an inclined surface, make sure to sleep uphill or that your head is above your feet.

HIGH-QUALITY SLEEPING BAG AND SLEEPING PAD

Your sleeping setup is one of the most important factors when it comes to a good night’s sleep while camping. A high-quality sleeping bag will provide you with good insulation. It should also have a temperature rating that’s suited to your camping location. Meanwhile, a high-quality sleeping pad will provide you with cushioning and protection to help you sleep better while camping.

ADD WARMTH

It’s hard to fall asleep — much less get a good night’s sleep — if you’re freezing. Make your sleeping quarters as warm as possible before going to bed. You can put hot water in a heat-resistant bottle and place it inside your sleeping bag. This will make it warm and toasty once you’re ready to go to sleep. The hot water bottle can also serve as a heater for you throughout the night.

LIGHT EXERCISES BEFORE BED

Your body will produce more heat if you perform light exercises before bed. Also, the more tired you are, the better you’ll be able to sleep at night. If you’ve spent the entire day hiking, swimming, fishing, etc., it’s best to hit the sack as soon as it gets dark. These two tips will help you sleep better while camping.

WEAR CLEAN, DRY SLEEP CLOTHES

Moisture has a way of soaking up all the heat from your body. You’re unlikely to sleep well if you’re cold. As such, it’s important to wear clean and dry clothes to bed. Even if your current clothes are dry, chances are you’ve sweat in them earlier in the day. This can still affect your quality of sleep. Also, if you’re feeling really cold at night, wear thick socks, a beanie and thin gloves so that heat doesn’t escape your body.

USE EARPLUGS

As wonderful as the great outdoors is, the sounds of nature can be a bit too much at night — especially if you’re a fussy or light sleeper. Animal sounds can also play with your mind and keep you up at night. An easy solution for this is to wear earplugs to bed. It’s simple but very effective in helping you sleep better while camping.

SPRAY LAVENDER OIL

Lavender oil has a calming effect, which helps you sleep better at night. It also performs double duty as a mosquito repellant. With a relaxed mind that doesn’t have to worry about being eaten by mosquitoes, you’ll definitely be able to get a good night’s sleep.

Yes, camping entails roughing it out in the great outdoors. That doesn’t mean that you have to be uncomfortable while sleeping, though. Despite the lack of creature comforts, it’s still possible to have a good night’s sleep. These seven tips will help you sleep better while camping. If you’re able to sleep soundly, you’ll be well-rested and more energized for another full day of outdoor activities.

 


 

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Suzy T
suzyt@dinga.com.au

From camping to fishing, to trekking and touring around Australia for lengthy periods of time, Suzy lives it. She also has a passion for pets. Now she is sharing her experiences.