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Sleep Interrupted:  How to Sleep the Right Way on the Road

Sleep Interrupted: How to Sleep the Right Way on the Road

Getting Some Shut-Eye in a Tent: 3 Tips for a Restful Night's Sleep

Whether you're camping in style with an RV or going old school by packing up the family in the station wagon, there's something exciting and freeing about sleeping in a tent. It doesn't matter if you're at a campsite or in your own backyard. Sadly, tent-sleeping doesn't exactly have the best reputation for being comfortable. The last thing you want is to wake up the next morning with a sore back and a few four-letter words under your breath.

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to get a good night's sleep in a tent. The best part? They don't involve dragging every pillow and blanket you own along with you. Let's look at a few easy tips you can put into practice the next time you spend the night in a tent. You'll wake up feeling as refreshed as ever!

1. Choose the Right Bedding

This might seem like an obvious tip, but so many people feel like if they don't rest on the cold, hard ground, they aren't really 'roughing it'. You might not be able to get the Sealy Posturepedic mattress you use at home into your tent, but that's no reason you should feel forced to be uncomfortable. Something like an air-mattress or cushioned sleeping bag is a great option for better bedding.

There are two important aspects to choosing the right bedding for your tent. First, you want to make sure it keeps you away from the cold ground. This could be something as simple as an insulated sleeping bag. Whatever you decide to use, your back will thank you, and you'll stay warmer through the night.

Second, don't be afraid to make your sleeping area feel as much like home as possible. Bring a pillow from your bed, or a favorite blanket. Something small and simple like this can make you naturally feel more comfortable and may help to ease you into a deeper sleep. 

2. Don't Over-Indulge

After a long day of camping, hiking, setting up the tent, etc., it's normal to have a hefty appetite by the time dinner rolls around. And, there's nothing better than sitting around the campfire to roast some hot dogs and brats. If you're an old pro, you might even decide to cook up some thick, juicy steaks! Unfortunately, stuffing yourself with high-protein foods before bed can lead to a restless night. Pick your proteins wisely, because they are typically harder for your body to digest. As a result, it can be harder to fall asleep.

We're not saying you should stock up on carbs instead, but an extra s'more won't hurt! The best thing you can do is to have a light meal several hours before you plan on going to sleep. You don't want to go to bed hungry but eating too much can make you too uncomfortable to have a restful night.Another way to make yourself feel full to curb those hunger pangs is to drink a few RecPro 10 oz. tumblers full of water.One, it’s good for you.Two, you won’t get dehydrated!

3. Wear Earplugs

When you're at home, you might have a noise machine with the sounds of nature that helps you to fall asleep. But, being out in nature is quite a different thing. Ironic, isn't it?

The sounds of a campsite can be incredibly distracting for some people and can make it hard to fall asleep (or remain asleep). It's not always nature that causes the problem. If you're in a crowded area, it could be chatter from other nearby campers, music, or even snoring! Having a pair of earplugs on hand can tune out the distracting sounds around you and send you off to dreamland quietly.

  • Remember, your must-have short list for comfortable tent camping:
  • Pillow or blanket from home
  • Air mattresses
  • Earplugs
  • Light food alternatives
  • Cushioned sleeping bag
  • RecPro tumblers

These are just a few quick and easy things you can do to get a better night's sleep the next time you want to camp out in a tent. It's important to relax, and never tell yourself you won't be able to get to sleep or that you won't have a restful night. Believe it or not, many of the problems people complain about when sleeping in a tent can be fixed with a 'mind over matter' attitude. If you believe you'll be able to get a good night of sleep, you might have an easier time doing just that!

Sep 26th 2018 Stacey Blaske

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