GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted April 26th, 2022

Your Guide to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep When Camping

Happy Camper Blog

There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to get you ready for a new day, but sometimes, that’s easier said than done, especially when you’re camping in an unfamiliar place. So here are a few things to consider that can help you make your next camping trip more restful.

Be realistic. Keep in mind that the first night in a new place can take some getting used to, making it more difficult to get to sleep. In fact, scientists have even given this phenomenon a name—First Night Effect (FNE)—and they’re doing research to help them better understand why this occurs.


Get plenty of exercise. Whether you love to hike, swim, bike, go canoeing or kayaking or engage in another outdoor activity, the combination of exercise and fresh air can go a long way toward helping you sleep.


Make yourself comfortable. Bring your favorite pillow from home and maybe something cozy like a flannel sheet. If you’re a tent camper and can’t get comfortable sleeping on the ground, try using a cot and/or an air mattress. If the weather permits, you might even want to try sleeping in a hammock. Many people swear by it—once they try one, a hammock becomes their favorite way to sleep when camping.


Dress appropriately for the weather. It’s hard to fall asleep—and stay asleep—if you’re too cold or too hot.


Answer the call of nature. Taking the time to use the restroom before you go to bed may help prevent you from waking up in the middle of the night.


Keep a water bottle handy. If you get thirsty in the middle of the night, you can just take a sip and won’t have to get up and risk becoming too wide awake to fall back asleep.


Try ear plugs or a sleep mask. While ear plugs may not be for everyone, they can reduce the chances of being woken up by the normal sounds of the forest at night. Just be sure to look for a pair that are specifically designed for sleeping. A sleep mask can help you get a good night’s rest by blocking out any artificial sources of light (like your phone) at night as well the sun coming up in the early morning.


Store your food safely and properly dispose of your trash. Otherwise, you just might wake up to the unwelcome sound of critters foraging for their next meal.


Don’t tell scary stories around the campfire. It may sound like a fun idea at the time, but you don’t want to have visions of ghosts or other creepy creatures going through your head as you’re trying to go to sleep.


Now that you have a few tips on how to get to sleep, all you have to do is find a great campground where you can lay your head. Just go to GoCampingAmerica.com, enter your destination and have fun looking at all of your options. Sweet dreams!