147-Things that go bump in the night: getting a good night’s sleep

Show notes

One of the most common complaints I hear from hikers who camp overnight is the inability to get a good night’s sleep. And while some of this can be put down to gear related issues, more often than not it can be a state of mind. The first time you camp in the bush, in particular by yourself, every little sound is magnified. The slithering or crunching just outside your tent, the movement of your tent when there is no wind, can all combine to make hikers a bit agitated.

In this episode we discuss those issues that impact on our sleep on the trail, focusing on the non equipment related ones, and look at what we can do to get a better nights sleep.

Podcast overview

In this episode we discuss issues what can impact on a hikers ability to get a good night’s sleep, focusing on non gear related issues, that prevent hikers getting a good night sleep as well as what we can do to minimise the impacts

  • Introduction
  • What is good sleep?
    • An individual thing
      • 7-9 hours
    • Quality is just as import as quantity
  • Causes of poor sleep
    • Gear related
      • Warmth
        • Clothing
        • Sleep system
      • Comfort
        • Sleeping pad
        • Good camping site
    • First night syndrome
    • Things that go bump in the night – sounds
      •  Wind
      •  Animals
      • Noisy sleeping companions
    • Quick fixes
      • Earplugs
      • Sleep clothes
      • Appropriate sleep system
      • Choose a good tent site
      • Develop a routine
  • Last words

Our next episode due out in two weeks time on 13 May 2020 will focus on Australian bush myths

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