12 Incredible Tips For Better Sleep While Tent Camping

12 Incredible Tips For Better Sleep While Tent Camping


Do you suffer from pains in the night when your tent camping, maybe your sleeping is just off cause you miss your own bed? I can assure you your not alone in this and there are so many people that feel the same way! My husband loves tent camping but used to always have a bad sleep when in the tent.

Until we started trying a few things to have a better nights sleep. We have tried so many things but over time have found 12 really helpful bits of information that actually make a difference.

In this post, I’m going to give you some great tips that will help you sleep like a baby in your tent. So keep reading to get my 12 Incredible Tips For Better Sleep While Tent Camping.

1. Use A Good Quality Tent

choosing a comfy tent

One of the first things you can try that will improve your sleep when tent camping is getting a good quality tent. Purchasing a really good tent will increase your comfort a lot and will make sleeping a lot more inviting. So for Better Sleep While Tent Camping try looking for a good quality tent.

Some Things to Look For In a Good Tent That Aids In A Good Night’s Sleep

  • Warmth.
  • Ventilation.
  • Sturdy.
  • Durable.
  • Canvas, not required.
  • Double Wall.
  • Has a Rainfly.
  • Choose a tent at least 2 men bigger than you need. (however, this is an option not a sign of a good tent).

Read this post I wrote on tent condensation and some ways to try reduce it. if you can keep condensation down to a minimum it will make for a good night’s sleep. You will find a good quality tent will already have features in it that will help reduce condensation.

2. Use A Good Quality Sleeping Bag

Getting yourself a great sleeping bag is a really good decision if uncomfortable nights tent camping are something you want to avoid. A good quality sleeping bag will make you feel like your sleeping on a cloud.

My advice is to get a sleeping bag that repeals moister and is lined with down. You can pick a sleeping bag up with these qualities online from Amazon and other stores.

A good sleeping bag will add a little bit more cushioning under you, in turn, giving you a comfier nights sleep.

3. Use A Good Quality Sleeping Pad

Have you tried a good quality sleeping pad? there are lots of models out there but id suggest you look for a sleeping pad that is insulated and blocks out the cold from the ground.

Lots of people use blow up mattresses but try having a good night sleep on some of them. If you do use a blow up mattress use a single bed one and choose a good brand with comfort as one of the selling points.

You could also try using an inflatable foam or memory foam mattress as well, for a really good night’s sleep. combining some of these options as well is a really good way to ensure you get a great night’s sleep.

4. Bring Extra Padding, ie “Yoga Mats”

Bringing some extra padding like a yoga mat for under your bed is another great way to add some comfort to your bed while tent camping.

Bringing lots of padding or really thick comfy beds will add lots of weight so it will depend on what type of camping you’re doing and if you’re bringing a vehicle etc..

In most cases, a sleeping pad, a yoga mat or two and a good sleeping bag will create enough padding for a good night’s sleep.

5. Making Extra Padding From Nature

padding form nature while camping

While bringing extra padding like a yoga mat is more than doable if your trying to camp light there are some padding options that you can make from nature.

One of the best methods is pitching your tent on lush thick grass, while that will possibly increase condensation it will add a natural layer of padding to your bed.

Another option is to strip leaves and soft plants and lay them underneath your tent this will help add a sponge-like layer where you can then make your bed.

These tips will help make the bed in your tent a much better place to sleep.

6. Choosing Ideal Tent Location

Pitching your tent in an ideal location is a great method for helping you get a good night’s sleep. If comfort is something you’re going for, find a nice grassy space. choosing a spot with a light breeze is also wise.

The sound of running water is nice for some people but others not, for my husband he loves it and helps him drift off to sleep. So if your the kind of person that loves birds singing and water flowing and you have the option to camp close to the water then maybe this is an option you can try.

7. Drink Herbal Teas (NO Caffeine)

drink herbal tea when camping

If you’re a coffee lover you’re not going to like what I’m about to say. Sadly you may find you will need to lay off the coffee after dark or all day for some people.

You can try substituting your coffee intake with some herbal tea, try to stay away from green tea as in some cases it has just as much caffeine as coffee.

Here’s Some Lovely Herbal Teas You Can Try.

  1. Chamomile Tea
  2. Peppermint Tea
  3. Ginger Tea
  4. Hibiscus Tea
  5. Echinacea Tea
  6. Rooibos Tea – My fav Tea With Zero Caffeine – (Wiki)
  7. Sage Tea
  8. Lemon Balm Tea
  9. Rose Hip Tea
  10. Passionflower Tea

There are some tea blends like sleepy time tea you could also try. Just check the label of some nice teas you may like and make sure it doesn’t contain caffeine.

8. Sticking to Eating Times

While it may seem not all that important I’d suggest sticking to eating meals at certain times and never eat more than a few hours before bed, if you don’t want to be up all night.

According to WebMD Eating a late dinner or snacking before going to bed can activate the digestive system and keep you up.

So stick to consistent as possible eating times and don’t eat or drink a few hours before bed.

9. Choosing The Right Foods To Eat

Eating and drinking before bed is not a great way to get a goodnight’s sleep while tent camping. You should also take into consideration what you’re eating as well. heavy foods for dinner are not wise. You should keep away from spicy food and sugar too.

There’s a few helpful posts on this topic i’ll suggest reading by some qualified authors.

There really is a lot for me to cover on this topic but I think you should read the above-mentioned posts for a more in-depth explanation.

10. Create A Warm Fire

campfires for a warm night of camping

Another great way to have a good night’s sleep is to make a really nice warm fire, nothing soothes you more at the end of a day than sitting near an open fire. Couple a nice warm fire with a comfy bed and your gonna feel pretty tired.

If you are camping in a nylon/polyester tent you will find making a fire inside your tent is out of the question.

If your camping in a canvas tent, on the other hand, you can buy a small camp oven with a chimney that will burn all night long, filling your ten with a soothing warmth that feels wonderful.

11. Heating Your Sleeping Bag

While camping Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks to heat up your sleeping bag and I still find the best option is a hot water bottle (Wiki).

You could also try a few Air-activated hand warmers (Wiki) they come in handy pardon the pun on a really cold night. You can pick them up online for a few bucks.

12. Herbal Sleep Medication

While I wouldn’t suggest sleeping tablets, I will suggest some herbal options that will make you feel drowsy.

WebMD suggests that these 4 supplements are scientifically proven to work and be safe in aiding sleep. (Source)

  • Chamomile tea
  • Melatonin
  • Valerian
  • Kava

Heres some other herbal sleeping aids you could try as suggested by health line (link)


So with all these tips your sure to find a nice balance between comfort and relaxed on your next tent camping adventure. Hopefully, some of the tips I’ve mentioned help you get a better nights sleep while tent camping.

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Hi, my name is Becca I'm a mum and wife and I love camping with my family. I started this blog to share great information about tents and camping.

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