How to Get a Good Night's Rest while Camping
The New Year celebrations in the caravan next door seem to be a week-long affair and your air bed has sprung a leak. Getting enough good quality sleep on a camping holiday sounds like something you should have added to your Santa wish list.
FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
According to Leigh Signal from Massey University's Sleep/ Wake Research Centre, there is no magic bullet. Think about it like gathering a 'tool box' of ideas that you and your family can try.
MAKE SURE YOU'RE COMFORTABLE
"Take the airbed, mattress topper, sheets, the snuggly blanket and your favourite pillow. A sheet to keep the mosquitoes off and then a couple of blankets to slide up for the cooler hours of the morning. If you have power to your campsite then a fan can work wonders."
DON'T FORGET YOUR EYES AND EARS
Some people prefer to use other sounds to block out annoying noise. Quiet music or white noise work well.
SWITCH OFF YOUR GADGETS
"The great thing about camping is that most people will be using technology far less. Avoiding screens in the last couple of hours before bedtime is always recommended," she says. "Remember that if you don't get a great night's sleep for a night or two, it's not the end of the world," says Signal. "