Camping as a Light Sleeper Challenges and Solutions

BETTER SLEEP OUTDOORS (10 Tips for Light Sleepers)

By ANNIE RITCHIE / March 30, 2023

I’m a light sleeper and much as I love camping, getting a solid night’s sleep can be a bit of a challenge sometimes.

Depending on where you camp, there might be people talking, laughing (or snoring!) nearby. Unfamiliar sounds can disturb you too. Most people assume that it’s always quiet in nature; that’s not true! The wilderness is full of noises throughout night. Whether it’s nocturnal animals, crickets singing, or creaking branches it can be difficult to find complete peace and quiet.

But don’t worry—this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy camping!

In this post, we’ll share 10 tips for light sleepers to help you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for another day of adventure.

Choose Your Campsite Wisely

One of the most important factors in getting a good night’s sleep outdoors is choosing the right campsite.

Taking the time to choose your campsite wisely can make a big difference in your sleep quality, so don’t rush the decision. Scout out the area, and take your time to find the perfect spot for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Set Up Camp for Maximum Comfort

Once you’ve chosen your campsite and brought the right gear, it’s time to set up camp for maximum comfort. Here are some tips for setting up your campsite:

Stay Warm and Dry

Staying warm and dry is key to getting a good night’s sleep outdoors. Here are some tips for staying comfortable and cozy:

By staying warm and dry, you can ensure that you’re comfortable and well-rested during your camping trip.

Stay Cool and Bug Free

Keep your tent zipped up to prevent mosquitoes and bugs being attracted by the light, and entering the tent. You could also consider a insect repellent but remember to keep safety in mind. You don’t want to be breathing in nasty substances in the confined space of a tent.

Make sure that your tent has breathable walls which will help keep out bugs but still allow air flow so that condensation doesn’t build up inside during hot summer nights which could wake you up feeling too hot or uncomfortable! If you are planning a trip in the heat of summer you could always invest in a camping fan to keep yopu comfortable.

If you choose to hammock camp, apart from focusing on your temperature regulation, it is really important to bring along a hammock bug net to keep from being disturbed by mosquitoes all night.

Finally, choose a sleeping bag that is suitable for both temperature and comfort level; if possible, bring two different bags so you can switch up depending on how warm or cold it gets at night.

Create A Relaxing Atmosphere

Once everything else has been taken care of, creating a relaxing atmosphere inside your tent can help lull you off into dreamland much faster!

Taking these steps will let you drift off peacefully into slumberland faster than ever before!

Bring the Right Gear

Establish a Bedtime Routine

Establishing a relaxing bedtime routine signals to your body that it’s time for sleep. Making sleep is a priority while camping is as important as it is at home. This means setting aside time each day specifically devoted to winding down before bedtime—no work allowed!

Here are some tips for creating a routine that works for you:

By practicing good sleep hygiene, you can improve your sleep quality and feel more rested and refreshed during your camping trip.

Manage Your Food and Drink Intake

What you eat and drink can have a significant impact on your sleep quality. Here are some tips for managing your food and drink intake:

By managing your food and drink intake, you can ensure that you’re well-nourished and well-hydrated, without disrupting your sleep.

Don’t Overdo It

While it’s important to make the most of your camping trip, it’s also important not to overdo it. Take time to rest and relax during the day to prevent exhaustion and maximize sleep quality. Here are some tips for avoiding exhaustion and ensuring that you get the rest you need:

Store Food and Waste Carefully

Keeping food stored carefully at night when camping can help you sleep undisturbed in a few ways.

By taking the time to properly store your food, whether that means using bear canisters, hanging food bags from a tree, or storing it in your vehicle, you can rest easy knowing that your campsite is safe and secure, and enjoy a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors.


Now that we’ve gone over some tips for setting up the perfect tent routine for your next camping trip, all that remains is getting out there and putting these tips into use. With just a little bit of planning and preparation ahead of time getting a good night’s sleep while camping will be no problem at all! So pack your bags and hit the great outdoors – sweet dreams await!