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Learn How to Sleep Better When Camping Under the Stars

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Written By Anđela Rajković

Certified Sleep Consultant

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29 March 2024 3 min read

Alright, fellow adventure seekers, let's talk about how to sleep better when camping under the starry skies.

If you've ever found yourself tossing and turning in your sleeping bag while the sounds of the wilderness serenade you, you're not alone. Sleeping like a champ in the great outdoors might seem like a challenge, but fear not – we've got your back.

In this guide, we're spilling the beans on how to turn your camping slumber into a cosy, restful experience that leaves you refreshed and ready to tackle those trails with newfound vigour.

So, grab your marshmallows and gather 'round the campfire as we uncover the secrets to getting that well-deserved beauty sleep amidst Mother Nature's embrace.

Choose your campsite wisely

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If you're all about getting your beauty sleep during those epic camping trips – whether you're car camping or roughing it – choosing your campsite like a pro is the name of the game.

Picture this: you're out there, surrounded by the great outdoors, and the last thing you want is a lumpy, rocky spot that's gonna mess with your snooze game. Picking your campsite wisely isn't just about having a killer view – it's about ensuring you're far enough from other campers' late-night guitar sessions or early-morning coffee rituals.

Plus, safety's in the mix too. You want to steer clear of those well-trodden animal paths, keeping a cosy distance from any potential four-legged visitors looking for a midnight snack. So, scout out that primo, flat ground, away from any potential disturbances and wildlife hangouts, and set yourself up for a night of sleeping under the stars like a champ.

Invest in quality gear

Investing in top-notch gear, like a cosy sleeping bag that laughs in the face of chilly nights, or an air mattress that transforms your tent into a fluffy cloud of comfort, can make all the difference. And don't forget that oh-so-cushy sleeping pad – it's like a magic carpet ride to dreamland, keeping those rocks and bumps at bay. Now, let's talk about the unsung hero – the camping pillow. Say goodbye to makeshift pillow solutions and hello to neck-friendly support that lets you sleep like a baby, even in the great outdoors.

So, whether you're a camping newbie or a seasoned pro, take it from us: investing in quality gear is the golden ticket to sleeping like a champ and waking up ready to conquer whatever the wilderness throws your way.

Get that gear, and get ready to sleep comfortably on this camping trip.

Layer up for bed

Let's talk about the secret to a killer night's sleep while camping – layering up for bed.

Imagine: you're nestled in your sleeping bag, ready for a good night's sleep, but suddenly, you're tossing and turning, struggling to catch those Z's. That's where the magic of layering comes in.

Instead of just relying on your sleeping gear, think about adding an extra layer or two. Grab a comfy set of pyjamas, pile on the socks, and don't forget that hot water bottle trick – it's like a cosy hug for your feet.

Your body heat, trapped within those layers, is the ultimate sleep hack, keeping you snug as a bug even when the cold weather is doing its thing.

A little extra prep goes a long way when it comes to outsmarting that chilly ground and getting the kind of sleep you'll be raving about around the campfire.

Block the light and the sound

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When you're out there sleeping under the stars, blocking out sound and light can be your secret weapon for a better night's sleep.

Let's face it, the great outdoors can sometimes bring a symphony of chirping crickets, rustling leaves, and the occasional howling wind that might spell trouble for your sleeping habits.

To fall asleep faster and enjoy a more restful slumber when sleeping outdoors, consider packing some trusty earplugs. These little lifesavers can muffle the noises of nature or your fellow campers, helping you drift off into dreamland more easily.

Don't forget about light either – a quality sleep mask can keep unwanted moonlight or early morning sun at bay, letting you catch those precious Z's and wake up feeling refreshed for another day of adventure. So, gear up with your earplugs and eye mask, and get ready to conquer the wilderness with a well-deserved, better night's sleep.

Stay dry

When camping – you must stay dry and you must stay warm!

So, once again, let's talk about your sleeping bag – it's your cosy sanctuary in the wilderness. Make sure it stays dry as a bone, or you'll be in for a rough night. Wet sleeping bags are no fun and can make you feel like you're stuck in a cold, soggy mess.

Also, don't forget about those tootsies – dry socks are your best buddies when it comes to staying warm and comfy.

And hey, fresh air is great for the soul, but not so much when it's creeping into your tent. Seal the deal by keeping your tent zipped up tight, and your clean clothes and sleeping bags will thank you with a restful night under the stars.

Follow your natural rhythm

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Here's a camping hack that's as easy as pie – go with your natural rhythm (or your circadian rhythm).

When you're out in the wild and having trouble sleeping, it can be a real game-changer. Forget about forcing yourself into a strict bedtime routine; instead, tune in to your body clock. If you're feeling tired, don't fight it. Get cosy in your sleeping bag and let your body do its thing.

Also, practising some deep breathing can work wonders. It's one of those simple sleeping tips that can help you relax and catch that good night's sleep you crave.

So, next time you're camping, embrace your inner night owl or early bird and let your natural rhythm guide you to a well-rested adventure.


So there you have it, folks! With the right sleeping bag, a few handy tips, and a bit of outdoor wisdom, you're all set to sleep soundly during your camping adventure.

Remember, it's all about making your night under the stars as cosy and comfortable as possible. Thus, whether you're a seasoned outdoors enthusiast or a newbie to the camping scene, these tips can make a world of difference.

Now, go out there, enjoy the great outdoors, and snooze like a champ – your camping experience just got a whole lot cosier! Sweet dreams, campers!

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Anđela Rajković
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant and well-practiced sleep enthusiast, I find a lot of joy in bringing my expertise to our readers – preferably those who love to sleep. With a background in the English language and literature and a love of research, I'm always seeking new ways to share the latest sleep science and bed-related findings. And, when I'm not connecting with my readers, you can find me exploring the great outdoors, or, well, curling up in bed.
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