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A couple weeks ago, I shared tips on how to get a good night’s sleep when traveling. That post was focused on sleeping in hotel rooms. But this summer, my husband and I took up tent camping again. We’ve really enjoyed it and boy, have I been sleeping well on those overnight and weekend trips.
You may not realize it, but we have a huge sleep problem in the U.S. with nearly 4 million Americans suffering from insomnia. I propose that we unplug for better sleep, but I’ll share more on that in a minute.
Despite a few initial reservations, I slept like a baby on our trip to the coast. I found camping to be extremely relaxing. Here are some simple steps I took to get better sleep in a tent- and if you don’t like to camp you’re in luck. These healthy shut-eye strategies work at home too.
Pack an Air Mattress
I’m over 40. My days of sleeping on the ground are long over, if I can help it. When my husband and I camp, we pack a full-size air mattress. We used to have an air bed and let me tell you, that was the life. Unfortunately, the air bed doesn’t fit in our pop-up tent.
Get Active Early in the Day
Do you know we have a Circadian Rhythm or ‘body clock’? This is the natural rhythm that our bodies go through throughout a 24-hour day and is affected by sunlight and temperature. When our body clock runs awry, our health can suffer. Exercising early in the day helps strengthen your circadian rhythm, helping you sleep at night.
If you’re camping, start the day with a great hike. My husband and I spent time exploring the Oregon Coast on our last camping trip.
Get Comfortable before Bedtime
When it’s time to wind down, take a hot shower to help you transition from daytime to bedtime.
After a full day hiking and playing in the sand, I’m always ready for a hot shower. I pack a pair of flip flops to wear into the shower in the bathhouse and make sure that I pack my toiletry bag when camping. My bag is water resistant and has a handle so I can hang it on the hooks in the bathroom and not worry about it getting wet.
This should be a given since campgrounds are typically pretty dark. Make sure to block out the light when sleeping so your body doesn’t get confused and think it’s time to wake-up. If you’re concerned, you can pack a simple eye mask to block the flashlights or campfires from nearby campers.
Unplug to get Better Sleep
This should be easy when camping since ideally you’ll unplug for your entire trip. Pack up your cell phone and any other electronic devices you deem important for camping one hour before bed. LED lights from smart phones and tablets can keep your brain alert for hours.
Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is so important. That’s why I’ll be practicing good shut-eye strategies to help me get a good night’s sleep. I have committed to sign off social media at least one hour before bedtime. As someone who falls asleep browsing her Instagram feed, this task is going to take some getting used to. Think I can do it? I’ll let you know how it goes in a couple weeks, but in the meantime, I’d love it if you’d join me in practicing these healthy shut-eye strategies. Don’t worry- you don’t need to camp for these to work.
Want to learn more about how to make sure you get a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep? Visit Wanttosleepmore.com for additional tips and information.
How do you sleep at night? What do you think is the biggest hindrance to falling asleep and staying asleep?
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