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In the wilderness, while the sun is still out there shining, there comes a point when our eyes get tired from all the looking around and absorbing our surroundings.
But when the sun sets and the entire landscape descends into darkness, the real stars reveal themselves. As the silver dots light up every inch of the night sky, even tired eyes refuse to shut themselves close.
If it were up to you, you’d spend the whole night gazing at the star studded sky. But unfortunately when you are out there on an adventure, getting sleep is almost as important as eating food.
Following are certain tips that you can follow to manage a good sleep while camping:
Being comfortable is absolutely must in order to get a good night’s sleep and the sleeping bag that you have carried with you will actually decide the level of comfort that you feel throughout the night.
There are two types of sleeping bags – viz car camping sleeping bags and backpacking sleeping bags. Car camping sleeping bags can be unzipped completely in order for you to use them as a blanket and tend to be wider in dimension. As a result they offer you more room to wiggle inside but they are not very efficient at retaining heat. Therefore they are more suited for warmer climates.
Backpacking sleeping bags are lighter in weight making it easier for campers to carry them around. They are snug fit and as a result they are able to retain heat better. These sleeping bags are ideal for colder climates.
While sleeping bags provide some buffer between yourself and the hard ground beneath it may not be sufficient to fetch you some good sleep. There are several sleeping gears that you can buy such as pillows, sleeping pads and air mattresses.
A sleeping pad can be air, self-inflating and closed-cell foam and each variety has its own set of advantages and use cases. Closed-cell foams and air pads are lightweight and therefore campers can transport them around easily. Using these should cushion the hard ground and help you sleep like a toddler.
The space where you pitch your tent should be free from rocks, as flat as possible and on soft grass preferably. Freeing yourself from physical discomforts is absolutely necessary so that you do not wake up in pain.
You should also take into consideration how noisy is the terrain where you are contemplating to pitch the tent for the night. Certain noises can in fact help you to sleep better such as the sound of waves if you’ve gone camping on a beach.
The idea of a perfect camping experience is incomplete without fire. If you’ve lit one, why not treat yourself to some calming tea such as lavender or chamomile? It’s been proven to give you better sleep and will not make you wake up in the middle of the night like the caffeine and sugar rush does.
Consuming a warm beverage before retiring for the night prepares our body for sleep. This can be attributed to the soporific effects of the ingredients of tea. Our body tends to cool down after giving it heat and our brain understands that it is time to go to sleep because of the change in temperature.
If you get hunger pangs right before going to bed you can eat a small snack of cherries or nuts. There are several benefits of carrying snacks like these such as no need for refrigeration, easy to pack and their ability to induce sleep. One must also try to avoid caffeine and alcohol after late afternoon.
A common misconception about alcohol is that it helps us sleep better but in reality it only makes us drowsy and can break our sleep during the later half of the night. While they definitely make us enjoy nature better, they must be consumed responsibly and if possible during the daytime.
Camping in the wilderness teaches us a lot about surviving life and also more about stag dos or whatever else is the reason you’re out there to celebrate.