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Welcome to Advnture's Sleep Week 2022: gear and advice for better sleep outdoors

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Welcome to the final day of Advnture's Sleep Week, running from 22-28 August – an in-depth look at how to sleep better outdoors. We'll show you the best gear for getting a great night's sleep, explain how to care for it, and explore tips and techniques to help you wake feeling rested and ready to take a day of adventuring.

Getting consistent, good quality sleep is essential to help you enjoy your camping trips and ensure you have the energy for a full day of hiking, but it's not always easy to settle down outdoors with the noises of nature and early sunlight creeping into your tent.

Thankfully, with the right preparation you can have a deep and comfortable night wherever you choose to set up camp, and we're here to help you do exactly that.

We'll be updating this article daily with the latest Sleep Week articles, so keep this page bookmarked and come back tomorrow to see what's new.

How to get a better night's sleep

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Camping for side sleepers (opens in new tab)
We'll help you choose the best sleeping bag, pillow, and sleeping pad for a good night's rest, with top tips to help you get comfy on your side.

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How to build a camping sleep system
(opens in new tab)Everything you need to create a den of zen inside your tent, get a great night's sleep, and wake feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

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How to wake earlier when camping (opens in new tab)
Tips to help you sleep soundly and rise bright and early after a night at camp, ready to take on a full day of hiking or climbing.

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How to blackout a tent: tips and tricks
(opens in new tab)Knowing how to blackout a tent can make the difference between waking feeling rested and refreshed, and being grumpy and stressed from sleep deprivation

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6 benefits of sleeping outdoors (opens in new tab)
Sleeping outdoors can have some surprising benefits, improving your mental wellbeing, resetting your circadian rhythm, and reconnecting you with nature.

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Should you use earplugs when camping? (opens in new tab)
We know earplugs can block unwanted sound, but are there any disadvantages to using them when you're spending the night under canvas?

Gear for a great night at camp

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Is this the world's best camping pillow? (opens in new tab)
We took the Klymit Drift Camp Pillow out into the great outdoors, and its tough outer cover and soft jersey sleep surface have won us over.

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Different types of hammock and how to choose one (opens in new tab)
We walk you through the different types of hammock available, and how to choose the best one for sleeping and hanging out under the stars.

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Types of sleeping bag: which is coziest? (opens in new tab)
We explore the different sleeping bag shapes, and help you choose the one that will give you the most comfortable night's sleep.

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Camping quilt vs sleeping bag (opens in new tab)
Is the lightweight, packable quilt a good alternative to the traditional sleeping bag for backpacking adventures, and which one should you choose?

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The best sleeping bag liners (opens in new tab)
The right sleeping bag liner will add extra warmth to your bag. and protect it from rips, dirt, and sweat. They're not expensive either, and we'll help you choose the best one for you.

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The best sleeping pads (opens in new tab)
Take comfort to the next level with a soft sleeping pad to keep you warm and comfortable, whether it's a fleecy inflatable pad or winter, or a lightweight foam mat for backpacking in the warmer months.

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How to repair a sleeping bag (opens in new tab)
Holes and stuck zippers happen, but they don't necessarily mean you have to replace your whole sleeping bag. Here's how to fix common problems.

Cat Ellis
Editor

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 13 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better).