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.
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.
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.
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.