The invigorating, exciting, and refreshing camping day is what’s to be expected on your trip. A different scenario comes at nightfall when the feeling should be calming and relaxing. Sleep is important even in camping as it can make or break your mood for the entire trip. They may be a lot of factors why it’s difficult for you to fall asleep outdoors but never fret. Here’s your guide on how to get a good night’s sleep while camping.
Check Your Camping Area
One of the factors why falling asleep in camping may be difficult is because of the condition of your campground. If you have an RV, then that’s not a problem, but using a camping tent and sleeping on the ground is a different story. Set your tent on a flatter area that’s free of rocks and damp soil. Clean the surrounding area by putting away the fallen dried leaves and twigs. If you want, you can keep off the ground by tying a Camping Hammock on adjacent trees and sleeping on it. Make sure your sleeping space is as comfortable for you as possible.
Reduce The Background Noise
This one is optional. For the information of starting campers, nature is quite loud. For others, the sound of the wilderness is like music to their ears: the fallen leaves crunching, branches swaying, nocturnal animal sounds, waters flowing, and the wind howling. For some of you who want peace and quiet especially at night, you can put on earplugs or earphones. Wearing such at bedtime will reduce the background sound, helping you achieve a peaceful shut-eye.
Keep The Bugs Away
We all know it’s not that easy to fend off bugs and pests in the middle of the woods. There are tricks, though, on how to protect yourself from them. Check your tent for holes on the net, make sure they’re covered or keep closed. You can use mosquito and insect repellants. Properly store and dispose of your leftovers and trash away so flies and bugs won’t come crawling around your sleeping area.
Use Soft, Comfortable Sleeping Gears
Sleeping bag, airbed, sleeping pad, and pillows are some of the gears that you can bring to make your sleep camping as comfortable as possible. Whether it’s a regular or snug mummy shape, Top Sleeping Bags are the most common sleeping gears you need. If you want, you can bring an Inflatable Airbed to make sure you won’t totally feel the lumps from the ground. A Reliable Sleeping Pad will also keep you cozy. Don’t forget to bring Light Inflatable Pillows for a complete good night’s sleep.
Eat Sleep-Inducing Foods
Delicious prepped meals and snacks can make you alive and energized. The same doesn’t always hold true when night falls. If you want to have a restful camping sleep, then pack and consume some Sleep-Inducing Foods for snacks or dinner. Cherries, bananas, almonds, oats, hard-boiled eggs, and turkey sandwiches are some of the most popular foods to help you sleep easily. A sip of warm, chamomile tea can also help you feel cozy and prepare you for sleep. Aside from consuming these foods for dinner, you should also avoid coffee and heavy meals before bedtime. Drink your caffeine booster in the morning if you want.
Follow Your Usual Bedtime Routine
Breaking your usual bedtime routine might affect your ability to sleep. Even though the campground is a totally different environment, try following your bedtime routine to preps your mind and body for sleep. Also, try not to stay too up late and go for an early slumber so you can have more time to rest.
Wear Proper Bedtime Clothes
Remember not to wear the same clothes you wore during the day camping, but change for the night. Choosing clean and proper bedtime clothes suitable for a cool night will help you achieve a good night’s sleep. Wear soft, thicker sleepwear plus layers to stay warm. You can wear your pajamas if you’re comfy with that. Wear your thick socks as well. In case the night is warm, wear something light and loose instead.
Don’t Let The Light Come In
Most people can’t sleep with lights on. If you’re one of them, then one way is aside from setting off the campfire and turning off the lamps and lanterns, is by setting your tent up under the tree for shade from the moonlight. Make sure you close your tent in bedtime. You can wear an eye mask if you’re too distracted with even the minimal light.
The truth of the matter is, you want to go to the wilderness to keep the stress away from work or school. Nature has this calming effect, though in some cases, it’s not enough to give you a restful slumber, especially if you’re not used to sleeping outdoors. Stay calm by deep breathing, meditating, reading a book, or listening to relaxing music and have a good night.