What is the most comfortable way to sleep in a tent? I will tell you 5 simple ways on how to achieve it. If you are new in the camping world, falling asleep can be hectic.
I remember a time when I would toss and turn in my sleeping bag. I was so uncomfortable and I felt cold.
Let’s cut to the chase, it was a horrible experience. I don’t want you to go through the same thing.
Since then, I have learned a lot about successful camping so I created this list of actionable techniques for you to have a comfortable and relaxing sleep.
How do you sleep in a tent?
Cozy tent sleeping is crucial if you want to explore the beautiful landscapes and paths the next day. I am giving you 5 easy ways that will help you to make your nights comfortable and peaceful.
What is best to sleep on when camping?
Choose your outdoor bedding with care. Invest in a quality tent bedding, with comfort being your main goal.
Your camping bed choices include self-inflating mats, standard air mattresses, all-in-one beds, double-height air beds, and folding camp beds. Double-height air beds are the coziest of all.
Carp fishing beds
If you have a car, carp fishing beds are a good investment. Setting them up is easy, and they are excellent even on uneven ground.
In addition, they come with padded mattresses which ensure a comfy experience. However, they are bigger and heavier than the rest, and that’s why you need a car for transportation.
Camping mattress for those with back and joint problems
The ideal bedding provides a buffer between your body and the hard ground beneath. If you suffer from back or joint problems, take extra care when choosing your camping mattress. I suggest that you get one with memory foam.
Pack a camping pillow
Finally, don’t forget to pack a pillow. Inflatable air camping pillows are the best since you can fold them and store them in your backpack without extra weight. If you won’t have it with you fill a t-shirt with clothes and use that as a pillow.
Pillows are not only snuggly, but they also help support the intricate structures of your shoulders, neck, and spine. They are useful in easing or preventing pain in the back, neck, and shoulders.
Where to set up a tent when camping?
Before you pitch your tent, examine the area. Which is the most comfortable spot in the vicinity? Where is the ground least rough? Don’t forget to clear the ground of any twigs or stones before setting it up.
Where should you not pitch a tent?
Never tent camp where nearby bushes and tree branches can lean with the wind and brush against your tent. Not only will that damage it, but it will also keep you wide awake through the night.
It’s not wise to stay underneath the trees. Pitch it in an open space, if possible. Twigs, branches, or even fruits falling from the tree will land on it, which will disturb your tranquility, and may even be dangerous. I am sure that you don’t want the birds up in the trees pooping on your tent either.
Heat a tent when nights are cold
You can’t control nature. Nights get cold, and there is nothing you can do about that. It is, however, possible to control the temperature in your tent.
Heating a tent with hot rocks
Use one of the stones from your outdoor fireplace. Place this stone inside your tent. If it is well-heated, it should heat it up for an hour.
Place the stone in a lidded pot, and the time increases to 3 hours. Wrap it with layers of foil, and it will remain warm even longer.
Use a portable tent heater
You can use portable heaters to heat it. You can get an electric, gasoline, or kerosene heater.
They are very popular with tourists, and they provide convenience for beginner campers. Be very careful when using them, and follow the manufacturer’s safety advice.
As a safety precaution, ensure your heater has an oxygen depletion sensor. This is a feature that shuts off the heater whenever oxygen in the tent decreases to unsafe levels.
The cheapest way to heat a tent
Other ways to keep warm for a comfortable night’s sleep include hot water bottles, sleeping bag liners, down insulation sleeping bags, insulating the tent by placing a fitted tent carpet or rugs on the floor and carrying extra blankets.
Can’t Fall Asleep? Put on an eye-mask
Eye-masks or sleep masks – are used by sleep-deprived people to capture the elusive rest their bodies crave. They cover the eyes with fabric, blocking out all ambient light, plunging you into pure darkness.
Melatonin for sleep
When the brain perceives pure darkness, the chemical of sleep, melatonin is produced, and you can finally float away to the world of dreams.
Combine this with earplugs – block out both light and noise – and you have good chances to have a good night’s sleep.
Easy ways to make yourself fall asleep
Every camper wants to have a good night’s sleep to wake up in the morning with energy and ready to hike through the camp’s surroundings and I am sure you are one of them.
These are additional tips for you to get a nice sleep and wake up with a smile.
- Don’t forget to stay clean and ensure your tent is clean and dry too
- Cut down on the fluids in the evening to avoid waking up in the middle of the night to go relieve yourself
- If you have troubles with falling asleep it’s a good idea to drink a warm beverage like cocoa, chamomile or mint tea a few hours before you go to rest
- Engage in outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, climbing, swimming, kayaking, boating, diving, and birdwatching through the day so your body will be tired enough to fall asleep at night
These are the most comfortable ways to sleep in a tent when you camp. If you consider my tips for an outdoor sleep and think of the camping gear that will make your nights comfy and warm then you won’t have sleepless nights.
Most of my tips are easy to apply. For instance, clearing the area of stones and twigs before pitching a tent is common sense.
Carrying earplugs, a sleep mask, and inflatable pillow are as easy as packing them in your bag. You have all the means to spend the night outdoors as you would at home.