4 Ways to Enjoy Pain-Free Sleeping While Camping
By Brandi Swieter
Plenty of people enjoy camping, but they don’t always enjoy the way their backs and bodies feel upon returning home. After sleeping on the ground inside a tent, many campers have aches and pains that aren’t quick to go away. With a few methods for avoiding back pain, more people can enjoy their camping experience and the way they sleep during it.
Sleep on a Padded Surface
Laying a sleeping bag on the ground and calling it a bed should never happen. Though it may seem like the proper way to camp, people with bad backs already should really not be sleeping this way. A padded surface that provides adequate comfort is necessary when it comes to getting a pain-free night’s rest. At the very least, campers should lay down a camping pad, but an air mattress would be the best option.
Stretch Before Bed and After Waking
Stretching the body well before bed can help to work out any kinks that are already present from the day. It will help the individual get a better night’s rest. It is also important to stretch after waking, releasing any joint restrictions and helping the body prepare for the day’s activities. It can help to take away some of the pain already felt and prevent more pain from occuring.
Bring a Pillow From Home
Some sleeping bags and even air mattresses come with pillows. However, they are often very small and not at all as comfortable as they’re made out to be. It is far better to avoid using these options and simply bring a pillow from home. A well-loved pillow that you know supports the head and leaves you feeling comfortable is the best option for good sleep during a camping trip.
Remove Rocks and Sticks Before Setting Up
Too many times, campers rush to set up their tents without first making sure the site is clear. Setting up a tent over large rocks and sticks is going to leave the surface uneven, which can make sleeping difficult and painful. It’s important to scan the area for rocks and sticks and remove them before putting the tent up in their place.
Due to the sleeping situation and various activities people do when camping, back pain tends to be a result of the trip. With a few methods for avoiding such pain, more campers will be able to experience a pain-free and fun time. Those who do feel any aches after the excursion is over can visit The Joint Chiropractic to have an assessment and find ways to get relief.
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