Camping out can be a fun experience, but a lot of people have trouble sleeping in a tent. Whether it’s the fact that you’re not in your own bed, or the woodland noises make it hard for you to fall asleep, if you can’t get a good night’s sleep, you risk not having as much fun as you should.
There are things you can do to make sleeping in a tent a little easier. Once you manage to get a good night’s sleep, the rest of your camping adventure will feel better. Here’s some of the ways to can ensure that you’ll get a better sleep in a tent.
Choose the Right Bedding
An uncomfortable sleeping arrangement is one of the surest ways to have a bad sleep: you’ll be tossing and turning all night and, when you finally do fall asleep, you could awake to aches and pains in your body from not being supported correctly.
First, start with your sleeping bag. Find one that is made from a material that is comfortable to you. Many sleeping bags are made from vinyl or polyester, and these can be noisy when you move around in them, so try to find one that is quiet when you move against it.
It’s also a good idea to find something to sleep on, rather than the ground. You can bring a roll-up mat or a piece of lightweight foam to lay on. This will give you a little-added comfort and may be just the thing to help you fall asleep.
Fight the Noise
If you have trouble falling asleep because of the noises around you, there are a few modern ways you can drown them out so you can sleep.
Your smartphone or tablet can be a big help in this area. If you have headphones, you can listen to your favorite songs to help you fight the outside noise, or you can find an app that produces “white noise,” such as the sound of a fan blowing or the sound of waves crashing on a beach. And if you have a good alarm clock app (learn more here), you can be sure to awake in time for that sunrise hike you planned.
Use Temperature Control
Maybe you have trouble sleeping because it’s too hot or too cold. This problem is easily solved with camping heaters and fans that can make your tent the right temperature for you to fall asleep.
Your sleeping bag can keep you very warm on cold nights, but if you need a little boost, you can always purchase a small tent heater. Most of them have a thermostat built in so all you have to do is sent it to the temp you want and go to sleep. There are also small air conditioning units made for tents, so you can stay cool even in the height of summer.
Next time you go camping, get a good night’s sleep with these tips.