Sleeping in the wild does wonders for your body. It resets our circadian rhythms, boosts your immune system, helps with body and brain function, speeds up your metabolism, and improves your mental well being.
Here are our secrets to unlocking the best night's sleep in the wild.
1. Sleep in the Air.
We're not just talking Fresh Air either. Though we're a little biased, sleeping in the air gives your body a restful floating experience that really helps your body completely relax and drift to sleep peacefully. Air sleep, done right, equals zero pressure points.
2. The Right Space.
Claustrophobic environments don't bode well towards a peaceful night of sleep. Give yourself the space to spread out and be sure there's nothing near your face, especially mesh - you don't want pesky bugs buzzing in your ear when you're touching the REM cycle!
3. Temperature Controls.
Look ahead to see what the low for the night will be, grab the right amount of insulation for that temperature minus 5°F - keep it with you through the night. Vent or add as needed, this will minimally impact your sleep and get you back to sleep faster.
It might sound counter intuitive, you might say "but I want to enjoy the sounds of nature!". Until you don't. The wild is full of mysterious sounds, when trying to sleep it's best to dull the distractions so your mind can completely relax and rest. Earplugs are a great way to soften the rustle and bustle of a raccoon rooting around in camp.
5. Camp Pillow.
A good camp pillow goes a long way in helping you find your perfect position of comfort and It may not always be under your head! An adjustable and soft pillow can add comfort at your knees, neck, head, and side. Don't shortchange this with a stuff sack full of your dirty laundry - a good trail pillow is worth it's weight.