Let’s talk about your circadian rhythm. That’s the internal clock in your body that, in a very small nutshell, helps determine when and how you sleep.
Among many biological responses to feeling sleepy, one noticeable function is the lowering of your body temperature. Effectively, you’re warmest when your body is awake and moving, and coolest when you’re snoozing.
That, combined with the natural lowering of ambient temperatures when the sun sets, is why we need blankets and sleeping bags in bed.
Simply put, you’re colder asleep than awake.
Staying warm overnight is primary concern for tent campers. Cold sleeps mean poor sleeps. Poor sleeps mean dreadful days. There is so much out there to explore, you really need your eight hours.
Here’s how to stay warmer this camping season, so you can use the daylight hours as they’re meant—for adventure.
Roll Out Your Sleeping Bag Early
One of the most common mistakes, and so easily fixed! Your sleeping bag keeps you warm via the loft in its insulation. Loft traps hot air. The loftier, the warmer. So as soon as you pitch your tent, roll out your sleeping bag and let it loft-up from being compressed. This way, it’s at peak performance when you slip inside, not still expanding after a day in a stuff-sack.
Sleep Socks Rule
When we’re packing our sleeping bag, we toss in a pair of cozy socks. Yup, you read that right—the socks actually go in the sleeping bag. We’ve found this bit of luxury to go a long way. When you climb in your bag, slip your bare tootsies into your cozy sleep socks. Warm feet add comfort—you’ll sleep better. Then slip out of them for the day, leaving the socks in the bag for the next night. (Looking for the perfect sleep socks? We have them.)
Campfire Hot Water Bottles
If you camp during the colder months, this one is for you. First step—before bedtime, boil some water on a stove or campfire. Then, fill your water bottle with the hot H2O. (Note: it must be a non-insulated container.) Screw the lid on tight and triple-check it! Then, roll the bottle into your sleeping bag and enjoy a pleasant dispensing of heat all night long. Heck, it’ll probably be cool enough in the morning to take a wake-up swig.
Sleeping Bag Liners for the Win
All campers should have sleeping bag liners. They work wonders—let us count the ways. For starters, liners add as much as five degrees Celsius to any sleeping bag's temperature rating. Think about it—that turns a summer bag into a three-season! Plus, they also work really well on hot summer nights, as you can peel back the insulation but still have a layer of comfort (OK, that’s technically how to sleep cooler not warmer.) Finally, regular use of a liner means you won’t have to wash your sleeping bag as much—doubly vital if you have a dry-clean-only bag! But of course, all that is peripheral. The main reason to use a liner is the incredible warmth they add, while also being compact, easy to care for and inexpensive.
So click here to take a look at our awesome Sleeping Bag Liner and sleep cozier and more comfortably this year.
Camp well, friends!