The thought of sleeping in a tent, under the stars, and in the middle of the wilderness is one that appeals to many people from all over the world, even to the busy urbanites. Although it may appear to be a rather magical experience, many campers soon find out that the reality of sleeping on the ground is often less comfortable than what they expected. However, it is possible to enjoy a good night’s rest while camping if you follow the sleeping tips outlined below.
Choose a Good Spot
The first thing you need to do is to find a good spot to pitch your camping tent. What you want to look for is a flat and even camping ground, free from stones, tree roots and other debris that can cause physical discomforts while you sleep. If you can’t find one, then make one by clearing a space and ridding it of the said items.
You’ll also want to look for a camping spot that is away from noisy terrain (e.g. strong currents, waterfalls, etc.). Some campers would say that pitching your tent near a stream or a brook is a great idea since these can serve as an all-natural white noise machine which can help you get to sleep faster. But then again, this doesn’t work for all people, especially those who need complete and utter silence in order to get to sleep. If you’re camping in a shared campsite, you’ll want to pitch your tent away from potentially noisy neighbors.
Use Comfortable Camping Beddings
Your camping beddings will have a lot to do with how warm and comfortable you’ll be while you sleep. With regard to such camping gear, there are three main items that you’ll want to bring:
- Sleeping Bag. Many campers agree that that the quality of your sleeping bag will influence the quality of your sleep. So obviously you’ll want to invest in a high quality sleeping bag, irrespective of whether you’re only camping overnight or for several days. Also, go for a camping sleeping bag that is suitable for the weather conditions in the campsite. A summer sleeping bag, even if it’s the best quality available, won’t do you much good when you’re camping in environments where temperatures can drop drastically overnight.
- Sleeping Pad/Mat. There are three main types of sleeping pads available: self-inflating, air, and closed-cell foam sleeping pads. Whatever you choose, you would still want to make quality as your top criteria. There are many campers who buy high quality sleeping bags and then pair them with poor quality sleeping pads. Needless to say, they spent the whole night cold and restless, and even ended up blaming their sleeping bags.
- You can bring one from home if you have enough space in your backpack or car for it. Otherwise, you may want to consider getting an inflatable camping pillow. These pillows are easy to carry around and won’t take up make space in your backpack when compressed. Some campers don’t bring any pillow at all and use the pillow pockets filled with folded clothing in their sleeping bags instead. In any case, just make sure that you have a comfortable head rest while your sleep; otherwise, you’ll end up sleeping in an awkward position and waking up with neck pains.
Put on Earplugs and Wear and Eye Mask
It is pretty normal to hear a range of noises at night while you’re camping outdoors, from the rustle of leaves to hoots of owls and other noises created by the random movements of the wilderness. For many people who are new to camping, the sounds created by nature (as well as their fellow campers) can be annoying and keep them from going to sleep. Furthermore, unlike those sleep-inducing ‘nature sounds’ that you can download to your phone, the real-world wilderness is much noisier and cannot be modified to a steady and acceptable volume.
Earplugs are really the only solution for getting rid of these noises and keep them from disrupting your sleep. Aside from blocking the noise, earplugs also help to keep you from getting alarmed by any strange noise that may keep you up during the night. Besides, earplugs are really cheap so there’s no reason not to bring a pair.
An eye mask is also necessary for some campers especially if they’re used to sleeping in complete darkness. Also, eye masks can help you to sleep a little longer in the morning by preventing the sunlight from directly hitting your eyes. Because your eyes are covered and your brain thinks that it’s still nighttime, you’d be able to sleep and rest for a few minutes longer.
Wear Warm and Comfortable Clothes
The clothes you’re wearing can also have an effect on how well you sleep. If you’re camping in cold places or during cold weather, then you’ll want to wear something warm along with a warm knit hat and a pair of woolen socks when you crawl into your sleeping bag. If it’s warm outside, then you should wear clothes with light, breathable fabrics.
In any case, avoid overdressing since wearing big and bulky clothing inside the sleeping bag can reduce its ability to trap your body heat. If you still feel cold, consider draping a jacket or a camping blanket outside the sleeping bag for an extra layer of insulation.
Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
Buzzing mosquitoes will make it difficult for you to go to sleep. Thus, you’ll want to make sure that your tent is completely zipped us and that there are no openings in your tent where they can enter. To doubly protect yourself, consider putting up a mosquito net. Also, don’t forget to put on some mosquito repellent. This does not only keep them from taking a bite at you, but the scent also drives them away so that even if they were able to enter your tent they won’t come anywhere near you.
Drink Some Tea
Hot chocolates and s’mores are campfire classics, but if you want to get to sleep faster, you may want to avoid them altogether since all the sugar and caffeine content are sure to bring your energy levels up and keep you from going to sleep. Instead, brew a warm cup of tea in your camping kitchen instead. There are herbal teas available like lavender and chamomile which are known to help relax the body and the nerves and help them prepare for sleep.
Being wet outdoors will only make more difficult for you to go to sleep. Even if you’re camping in warm climates, there’s still the morning dew which can seep into the ground, creating that moist feeling underneath your sleeping pad and wake you up even before the sun is out. That said, consider adding an extra layer of protection to your tent’s floor by putting a tarp or floor padding underneath. Also, if it’s drizzling outside (or if you think that it may drizzle while you’re asleep), throw a tarp over the top of your tent for rain protection. You should do this even if you’re using a waterproof camping tent.
Follow Your Normal Bedtime Routine
We all have regular bedtime routines at home, routines that prime our bodies and our minds for sleep. When camping, your brain might not be ready to go to sleep considering the sudden change of environment. Doing your regular bedtime routine will help your brain to understand that it’s time to go to sleep.
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Sure, camping under a starry sky and sleeping in a tent sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to relax and sleep well under such conditions, especially for those who are doing so for the first time. However, as can be seen above, there are several things which you can do to help you sleep better and get a good night’s sleep while camping. By following the sleeping tips mentioned above, you’re more likely to doze off to sleep right away and wake up well-rested and ready for another day at the campsite.
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