Tired of tossing and turning and counting minutes until sunrise? Here's how to sleep soundly in your tent while backpacking so you can feel good and hike happily tomorrow.

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Look for a site that's sheltered if it's windy, warmer if it's cold (avoid low points), and most of all FLAT. If you must sleep on a slight slope, point your feet downhill.

Choose A Good Campsite

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A good sleeping bag and warm clothing make it easier to sleep when it's cold. Make sure your core is warm and head is covered. Don't underestimate the importance of a warm sleeping pad beneath you.

Stay Warm and Cozy

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A good inflatable sleeping pad is essential if you toss and turn, but make yourself comfy in other ways too: side sleepers try a jacket bunched between your knees, or back sleepers try elevating your feet slightly on your pack.

Support Your Body

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Nothing disturbs a good night's sleep like a midnight pee break. It's good to drink water after a hot day of hiking, but start as soon as you get to camp and taper off after dinner.

Rehydrate Early

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If sore or tight muscles make it hard to sleep while backpacking, treat yourself to some gentle stretches or self-massage before settling down for sleep. It'll relax your muscles and your nervous system. 

Stretch, Massage, Meditate

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