The thought of taking sleep under the star-laden sky with nature sounds in the backdrop is very appealing. Camping allows you to sleep among remote places. However, all of us are accustomed to sleeping indoors with complete silence and in the cosy bed. If night sleep evades us during camping, it is difficult to enjoy the outings and activities during the day.
Sleep may be difficult to come for many reasons. It could be uneven rocky ground below you, dampness in the surroundings, the novelty of the situation such as constant unfamiliar sounds say of critters and so on. The thoughts of insecurity run across your mind about the entry of wild animal or that too many people are cramped inside the tent.
At times the odour emitting from other tent companions will keep you awake. So, stay clean. Tips for a good night sleep in a tent will help you.
Determinants Affecting your Sleep
Purchase attribute high sleeping bags
The sleeping bag should have specific characteristics. Car camping sleeping bag is broad and comes with a zip. You can wriggle into it. The camping bag does not preserve heat and can be used in warm climatic conditions. Lightweight backpacking sleeping bag is compact and cosy and maintains body heat. They are easy to carry and good for campers on the move in cool place. Before purchase, use the internet to read the reviews.
Tent bedding bags come with accessories like sleeping pads, air mattress, pillows. Sleeping pads can be self-inflating, air-filled, or closed foam ones. These are easy to carry. Keep the pads below the sleeping bag to create even surface for comfortable sleeping. Home pillow or inflatable pillow, if you are on the move, will suffice. Test the bedding paraphernalia before you set out. It will give you an idea about comfort level and sleep changes.
The tent, sleeping bag and mat are a must for good night's sleep. Synthetic material is best suited to damp surroundings. Dome tent suffices on hard ground, tunnel tents during the raining season because there is enough space to cook as well.
Vents in the tent will not make you cold or hot. These aid air circulation and reduce condensation which can make you cold. Keep the vents open.
Constrict sleeping space
If the weather happens to be cold, you wrap yourself in layers of clothing and enter the camping bed. The insulating property gets affected, and sleep is fending off. It is a better idea to keep extra layers over the sleeping bag, so you enjoy your sleep. The sleeping bag does not generate heat. This should be remembered. If you enter the sleeping bag cold, it will take your body a lot of time to get warm. Warm up your body through stroll etc. and then enter the bag. Sleep will fast envelop you.
Keep your water bottle with hot or cold water depending on the season next to you. You can drink when necessary, and you have water handy for next morning’s hot beverage.
Be aware of the toilet space and keep a torch next to you for going to use the toilet. Sleep will be hard to come if you wish to ease yourself and are scared of a bear or other wildlife in the dark.
Sleep late even though you are exhausted from day’s activities. Do not be in a hurry as soon as it’s dark. Your sleep cycle will take time. So just lying on the bed will not bring sleep. Sit around the campfire or go for a stroll or chit chat and sleep when you begin to feel drowsy. If involved in activities, sleep will come naturally.
Podcast will take you into sleep. The other occupants will not get disturbed if the volume is such that only you can hear. The sounds emitting out of the tent will fade into oblivion and nerves will settle down. Moreover, the snores of the other partners will not disturb you.
Earplugs will help you to be the master of your sleep. Music is melodious and brings sleep. Some devices such as smartphone app listen to pleasant sounds that appeal to you. Mobile and iPod block out the noise of wilderness. You should not get up alarmed at night by strange sounds. These are nothing alarming.
Munchies at midnight
The physical activities all through the day will keep your metabolic rate high. You may get up in the middle of the night with hunger pangs. Keep power bar handy or nuts, and once you have your fill, you will fall asleep again.
Keep away pests and mosquitoes
If the tent is old, perforated pests will find an entry and not only bite you but will create a noise nuisance. Use mosquito net to sleep peacefully.
Bring along a Radio to drown white noise
If white noise does not appeal to your senses, bring a radio with you. Tune in to the frequency and listen as you sleep. The human sound has a soothing effect, and you will sleep better. The outside sounds will not distract you.
Keep away from heavy dinner
Eat less before going to bed. Eat nuts and fruits to drown appetite. These foods promote sleep. Alcohol and caffeine drinks intake should be curtailed after late afternoon. Alcohol brings sleep at the onset, but later in the night, it will keep you awake. So, what you eat, and drink has an impact on sleep.
Sleep and darkness
If you are used to eye mask for sleep, bring it along with you at the camp. Use it for sleeping. Chances are you will rest much after the sun is out and will begin the day refreshed. Others may black out the tent to keep the sunlight at bay. Some campers put an emergency blanket over the tent to block sunlight. The tent will also keep cool along with being dark. Tarps can be used to cover the tent. If it is a full moon night take extra effort to darken the tent. Eye mask may be needed.
Thus, sleep will not be a problem if the tent is placed at a strategic spot. Pick a spot that is even and flat and no rocks. Keep physical discomfort away as then you will wake at night because of several reasons. Noisy surroundings will not let you sleep. Lie down before you erect the tent and hear the surroundings and silence of the wilderness.
In case it is a shared campsite assesses the characteristics of the neighbours and if they are noisy and late sleepers move away. If the camping site is on will keep your head higher than your body. The blood circulation will be better. Keep a flashlight near you for the night any eventuality.