Sleeping under the stars is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, connect with nature, and recharge.

Have you ever spent the night sleeping outside? Besides being a fun experience of reconnecting with nature, yourself, and your friends or family, sleeping under the stars can have a profound effect on your wellbeing, with short-term and long-term health benefits. If you’ve never done it before, it might sound “scary”, but you don’t have to be an experienced outdoor person to enjoy a night of sleeping out. Also, there is no need to worry about being cold — we collected all the tricks that will keep you warm and comfortable in your sleeping bag. Don’t hesitate to gather your friends or family and embark on a new adventure!

The health benefits of sleeping outside

Besides nutrition and exercise, a good night’s sleep is one of the main health pillars. If you’re having some trouble sleeping or simply want to improve its quality, a couple of nights under the starry sky can greatly benefit your overall state. After sleeping outside, people usually feel happier and more relaxed, even though they can’t precisely pinpoint why. Recent studies have shown that this is not just a feeling — now it is scientifically proven that a night under an open sky has a positive influence on people’s health.

  • Improve sleep quality

Looking at a screen before sleep can lower your melatonin levels, and that can negatively affect your sleep quality. You can restart your melatonin production and get deeper, longer, and more peaceful sleep by disconnecting from the grid and putting away your gadgets. Slide into a sleeping bag, and open your tent so you can enjoy the view of the night sky. You’ll be able to feel your body recharging.

  • Boosts immunity

Spending even a short amount of time in the fresh air can improve your immune system. Night of sleeping outside allows your body to expel any CO2 build-up and absorb better-quality oxygen than the one you breathe indoors. As a result, your body will feel better, your mind will function more quickly, and your muscles will break down lactic acid more effectively.

  • Reduces stress

There are several ways that being in nature may reduce stress. The vast outdoors promotes calm, deep breathing, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system in the body. This helps you relax by bringing down blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are raised under stressful situations. Also, just looking at nature’s beauty is proven to be calming, and exposure to nature’s noises and outdoor stillness can lower your cortisol levels. 

What is the best way to fall asleep under the stars?

Even if you struggle to fall asleep indoors, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll have the same challenges while sleeping outside. As we mentioned, the screen time before going to bed can influence you to be more of a night owl, but with beautiful nature all around you, you’ll be less tempted to look at your phone. Also, after a full day of fun camping activities, your body and mind will welcome some time to rest. Either way, we prepared some tips to help you fall asleep under the stars in the best possible way. 

  • Bring essentials to keep you warm

Sleeping bags are usually exceptionally warm, but you can preserve the warmth even better with the addition of a second blanket. Nothing fancy is required: a standard blanket will help you keep heat inside and cold outside. Also, as soon as the temperature drops, remember to put on a few more layers of clothes. Waiting until you start to feel chilly will make the process of warming up much longer.

  • Make sure you are comfortable

Each and every one of us is comfortable with different things, so do whatever you need to relax. It may be an additional pillow or a long bath outside before going to sleep. Also, if it’s your first time camping and sleeping out, it’s a good idea to try out your sleeping bag at home before you go on vacation — it will help you get familiar with a feeling, and you’ll know exactly what to expect. 

  • Listen to soothing nature sounds

According to some recent studies, even recordings of natural sounds may improve your mood, reduce stress, and even reduce pain. So, just imagine the effects of listening to the real deal! After a round of campfire stories with friends, take time for yourself to just be present at the moment and enjoy your surroundings. Soothing nature sounds and the evening peace will help you relax and unwind.

5 best places to sleep under the stars

Embarking on a journey to sleep under the stars opens up a world of tranquility, adventure, and a profound connection with the universe. This timeless experience not only brings us closer to the wonders of the night sky but also offers a unique opportunity to rediscover the beauty of nature in its purest form.

Whether nestled on a secluded beach within the embrace of a national park or atop a serene mountain, the act of laying under the celestial canvas invites peace, reflection, and a sense of unity with the cosmos. Prepare to explore some of the most captivating destinations where the night sky unfolds in all its glory, offering an unforgettable backdrop for a night of stargazing and slumber.

Island of Pag

Pag offers an unparalleled stargazing experience with its clear, dark skies, far from city lights. The island’s unique lunar landscapes and secluded beaches provide a tranquil backdrop for sleeping under the stars. At Camping Village Šimuni, you can cozy up in a sleeping bag on the beach, lulled by the sound of the sea, and gaze up at the Milky Way.

Paklenica National Park

Nestled in the Velebit Mountain Range, Paklenica National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and stargazers alike. The park’s minimal light pollution and breathtaking natural scenery make it an ideal spot for setting up camp and spending the night under a blanket of stars. The towering canyons and dense forests perfectly add to the starry night’s magic.

Kornati Islands

The Kornati Islands, with their unspoiled nature and absence of urban areas, are a dream come true for those looking to sleep under the stars. The national park’s numerous islets and reefs offer secluded spots where you can lay back on a boat or a deserted beach, watching the constellations reflect on the calm Adriatic Sea.

Biokovo Nature Park

Perched above the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo Nature Park provides a unique vantage point for stargazing. The high elevation and clear mountain air free from light pollution allow for an awe-inspiring view of the night sky. Sleeping under the stars with a panoramic view of the coast below is a truly elevating experience.

Krka National Park

The serene ambiance of Krka National Park, with its famous waterfalls and lakes, offers a picturesque setting for a night under the stars. The gentle sound of flowing water complements the peaceful night, providing a soothing soundtrack as you drift off to sleep. The park’s lush vegetation and diverse wildlife add to the sense of wonder and connection with nature.

Global Sleep Under The Stars Night 

Sleeping outside can be fun all year round (yes, even when it’s cold), but, one night a year especially stands out. It’s August 8th, Global Sleep Under The Stars night. This celebration falls during the Perseid meteor showers — a yearly occurrence that provides a unique night sky view. Global Sleep Under The Stars was established in 2020 to inspire people worldwide to enjoy the outdoors under the same starry sky. For the finest viewing, gaze northeast and count the shooting stars as you drift off to a restful slumber.

Of course, sleeping out is fun even without the shooting stars. Besides being sometimes a much-needed escape from the modern way of living, it’s always a unique experience and a way to create timeless memories. Whether you want some alone time in nature or you’re looking for an amusing activity with friends or family, Camping Village Šimuni is a place to consider. Explore our offer, and don’t hesitate to contact us to book your spot under Šimuni’s night sky.