Sleeping outdoors when you’re camping can be difficult for some people especially if you’re a light sleeper.
You may find it either uncomfortable or too noisy and it can only be expected when we’re so used to sleeping soundly in our own warm, comfortable beds at night away from the elements outside.
There is just something about sleeping in the outdoors that really is just magical and lets you appreciate the nature around you.
So, here I am going to provide 13 top tips on how you can sleep better while camping so you can wake up well-rested, ready to take the day on and actually enjoy sleeping outside!
Now, don’t doze off on me here! These tips will allow for a greater and more restful sleep.
Choose the right spot to pitch your tent
You want to choose a spot that is flat with no lumps or bumps on the ground as this will just make for the most uncomfortable night’s sleep!
Clear the ground of any debris such as loose sticks, twigs or leaves.
Try to avoid any spots that are on a slope as you don’t want to be falling asleep, and then changing sleeping position only to be rolling down to the bottom of your tent.
High quality sleeping bag
Purchasing a really good sleeping bag is essential for a good night’s sleep, especially if you’re camping on a cold wintery night.
There are some really good sleeping bags that provide optimal warmth and comfort in temperatures into the minus.
They are made of durable and very comfortable polyester that is awesome for retaining your body heat so you can stay warm throughout the night!
Get hold of a good air mattress
Choosing a good air mattress will certainly allow for a more comfortable sleep while camping. It helps to keep you off the ground so you’re not feeling the hardness and coldness of the ground below you.
You can purchase an air mattress that blows up within a minute or so. They’ll inflate up to a few inches, providing that extra cushion to make sleeping a lot easier.
They are cheap and lightweight so they are very easy to carry around in your backpack.
Use a camping pillow
If you want, you can use a pillow from your bed but then you have the whole process of cleaning and washing it out after your camping trip.
You’re best investing in a camping pillow. They are very cheap and essential to provide that good night’s sleep you’re after.
They take seconds to blow up and just offer that neck and lumber support so you can rest easy at night.
Hot water bottle
If you’re after the most comfortable night’s sleep, then you may want to consider a hot water bottle.
It doesn’t have to be full size; even a handheld hot water bottle will provide that extra warmth in your sleeping bag.
So, 30 minutes or so before bedtime boil some water up in your pot and pour into your hot water bottle. Sit it inside your sleeping bag 10 minutes before your climb in and it’ll be toasty warm for you.
It’s a great item to have especially if camping on a cold night!
Drink some sleepy time tea
Something I always carry in my camping backpack!
Sleepy time tea is a herbal tea made of Chamomile, Spearmint and Lemongrass. It’s great to have that simply helps to induce sleep and makes you feel more relaxed.
Boil up some water and throw in a teabag, I guarantee that you’ll have a much more restful sleep!
Eat well in advance
Having a nice meal or something wholesome will make you feel fuller for longer which in turn will help you to sleep better.
Anytime we’re out camping, I’ll bring a couple of packets of porridge oats. I’ll cook them up about 1 hour or 2 before bed which we’ll have along with some sleepy time tea.
It just helps your body rest better and fall into a deeper sleep.
Have a swig of whiskey
So, if I’m not in the mood for any sleep time tea, I’ll substitute this for a few swigs of whiskey.
Whiskey is a great relaxer that will certainly keep you warm during the night. Only a couple of sips of this from a flask and you’re promised a great night’s sleep.
Use ear plugs
If you are a light sleeper and feel that the noises of the outdoors will keep you up at night, I advise taking some ear plugs with you camping.
I myself do actually prefer the noises outside my tent, it actually helps me to fall asleep but I do carry ear plugs just in case.
If you’re camping on a really windy night and your tent is flapping away, it can become quite noisy so ear plugs can come in handy here.
Keep those pesky bugs away
Having some bug spray packed away in your backpack is always useful when camping.
There’s been many a time when I’ve been out camping in the woods, on the beach or by a river and constantly being pestered by flies and bugs, sometimes wakening up in the morning covered in bites.
I do recommend bringing bug spray; this will keep you protected and ‘itch free’ so you can relax whilst you sleep.
Natural lavender products are also an excellent way of deterring any flies.
Try and stay active during the day
During the day, try and keep yourself active by doing tasks such as collecting wood, hiking, cleaning your camp area, swimming or just some form of exercise.
This helps to burn energy gradually through the day and when it comes to the night, you’ll knock off like a light bulb!
The more energy you expend during the day, the more tired you’ll become just in time for bed.
After a day of using up so much energy, the body needs sleep to recover and replenish itself and this can only be done when it’s in a form of deep sleep.
Deep sleep is when you can really get a good night’s rest, keeps away the grogginess so you wake up refreshed in the morning.
Sit next to the campfire at night
There are studies that show sitting next to a campfire helps to promote melatonin (the hormone used to induce sleep).
It is believed that the colours of the red and warm glow produce more for of the hormone as it readies the body for sleep.
The warmth of the fire will also keep you warm and promote a sense of cosiness – which is always great to have for bed.
Get as much sunlight as you can
Natural sunlight has a massive impact on your sleeping patterns.
Your body has its own self regulator that tells itself when it’s morning and when it’s the evening.
By being out during the day, you’re increasing your presence in the natural sunlight which tells your body that this is the morning, then the afternoon, then the evening and finally night.
At this point your body knows that as the sun has gone down, it’s time for bed soon and naturally starts to wind down so you can sleep easier and better.
Like always, any questions you may have. Drop it below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!