Summer time will soon be here and thousands of people across the country will be pulling out their tents and sleeping bags and getting ready to go on camping trips. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to check out these latest apps and gadgets to ensure you have a restful night’s sleep under the stars.
Make Some White Noise
If you’re not used to sleeping outdoors, or it’s been a while since you’ve been camping, you may not be used to the sounds of the wilderness and you could find it difficult to get to sleep. To help you in this endeavor Appalon Apps have created Alarm Clock for Me. Much more than an alarm clock, as well as waking you gently at a preset time, it will also help you nod off by playing your favorite tunes or white noise for as long as it takes you to snooze.
Your Personal Sleep Assistant
The NightWave Sleep Assistant can be used just as easily in your tent as it can in your bedroom. The small device emits soothing light waves that ebb and flow so that you gradually begin to breathe in sync with the rhythm and you relax deeper until you go to sleep. Before you know it you are waking up refreshed to a new day. No more tossing and turning in your sleeping bag.
Mask the Light
If you prefer to sleep in total darkness, you’re probably used to wearing a sleep mask. The trouble with regular eye masks is that they press on the eyelids with can prevent REM sleep, which you need to feel fully rested. What makes The Bedtime Bliss mask special is that it’s contoured so it doesn’t touch your eyes, but it still blocks out all light.
Filter the Blue Light
If you like to read or watch movies on your phone and tablet at night while you’re camping, you need to get a blue light filter. Blue light emanating from the screen of your mobile devices can cut up to an hour off your sleep time if you’re using them at night. This is because blue light blocks the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps you sleep and if its production gets interrupted, so does your natural circadian rhythm. If you filter out the blue light, you can use your devices at night without disrupting your sleep.
Control Your Apnea
Sleeping can be tricky at the best of times if you suffer from sleep apnea, but this shouldn’t deter you from camping. The travel CPAP Machine with Z-Breathe is the solution. Take it with you anywhere you go for comfortable sleep. Its compact battery pack can deliver eight hours of cord-free CPAP therapy, so you won’t have to worry about it running out during the night.
As well as using these aids, to ensure a good night’s sleep make sure you always pitch your tent on firm, flat ground, wear plenty of layers and make sure you have an appropriate sleeping bag for the temperature.
Lucy Burns has 3 young kids and enjoys writing about family life; whether Summer vacations or day-to-day life! Her articles appear on Mommy blogs as well as broader women’s lifestyle sites.