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    • MINCTbw
    • By MINCTbw 2nd Aug 18, 7:22 PM
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    Camping for bad sleepers?
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    Camping for bad sleepers? 2nd Aug 18 at 7:22 PM
    I "enjoy camping" in most senses, and most of my holidays are to pursue outdoor activities of one kind of another... but I have serious difficulty sleeping and staying asleep at the best of times, and when in a tent it's nearly impossible.

    I'm not young but not too old for tents altogether, and I'm sure there must be some "sleeping system" (other than a full mattress on the roof rack) which would work for me?

    I can't get on with sleeping bags, they get all tangled and I can't settle. No roll mat or airbed stops me from getting dead limbs, and popup camping beds are very awkward as well. I use earplugs and an eyemask, of course.

    Does anyone have any ideas? I truly can't afford the going rates for BnB's or cottages in the kind of areas I want to go (Peaks, Snowdonia, Lakes, etc) and I am perfectly happy with camping in all ways except for this. Poor sleep ruins everything, there must be a solution! Anything which will fit in an estate car will be considered.

    One idea given already is to take a rolled up futon mattress, which I haven't acquired or tried.


    Many thanks,
    Last edited by MINCTbw; 02-08-2018 at 7:52 PM.
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 2nd Aug 18, 8:13 PM
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    I have no idea how the costs compare to B&Bs etc but have you looked at Glamping sites for a proper bed in a tent?
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 2nd Aug 18, 8:22 PM
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    I'd sleep in the car with one of the more modern "inflatable mattresses" rather than those termed an airbed. Inflatable mattresses give a flatter surface.

    Or .... do it in style https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Romini-compact-caravan-2-berth/202386085160
    • hcb42
    • By hcb42 3rd Aug 18, 4:00 PM
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    I sleep on a double height airbed and take my duvet and pillows!
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 3rd Aug 18, 4:17 PM
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    I think a caravanner has just been born..!
    • Flugelhorn
    • By Flugelhorn 3rd Aug 18, 4:19 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 4:19 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 4:19 PM
    the aerobed inflatable mattresses are much more like a proper mattress
    • Gehngus
    • By Gehngus 3rd Aug 18, 5:01 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 5:01 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 5:01 PM
    A zed bed (cube bed I think if it's a single).
    If you have the room they are good to sleep on.
    • arbroath lass
    • By arbroath lass 3rd Aug 18, 5:57 PM
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    I have a fishing campbed - very comfortable and use a fitted sheet and duvet with it.
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 3rd Aug 18, 7:36 PM
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    • 3rd Aug 18, 7:36 PM
    I use a 30mm self inflating mattress and two foam roll mats. Very comfortable, often sleeping better than when at home. A decent small foam pillow also helps. I hate airbeds, cold and uncomfortable.
    A large rectangular sleeping bag might be less prone to wrapping itself around you and give you more room to move.

    Would a memory foam mattress topper be an option? Sometimes offered on freecycle or a large self inflating mattress, about 60 but 4 inches deep and wider than normal.


    Example https://www.worldofcamping.co.uk/vango-comfort-10-grande-self-inflating-mat
    Last edited by Norman Castle; 03-08-2018 at 8:11 PM.
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    • knightstyle
    • By knightstyle 11th Aug 18, 6:45 AM
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    We used an air mattress with an Ikea mattress topper on it for many years, we also use two duvets, one winter one summer and have one under and one on top depending on the weather. Very comfortable nights sleep.
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