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A Survival Guide to Sleeping in the Woods

Last updated on: October 8, 2021
  • It's important to know your gear well, stay warm, comfortable and confident, and plan your outing keeping the weather in mind. Make sure you have a backup plan just in case.
  • Choosing your sleeping location thoughtfully and selectively is essential for a successful night's sleep. Make a bad choice and you might have problems or even get hurt.
  • Be sure to empty your bladder before bed so you don't wake up a lot.
  • Rest or sleep at least a few hours if you have the opportunity. You need a safe place to sleep, so creating a safe shelter is priority number one.

1How to fall asleep during an emergency?

  • An adrenaline rush keeps you awake for at least an hour after a dangerous incident.
  • After your adrenaline levels have returned to normal after the initial event, you will no doubt be exhausted.
  • Find a safe place to sleep.
  • Practice slow, deep breathing which will activate your parasympathetic nervous system.

2How to sleep outdoors safely?

  • You should be well-insulated from the ground. As much as possible, insulate your bed from the ground, earth or concrete floor, so you don't lose heat or shiver when you're asleep.
  • You should sleep on a dry surface.
  • You should look for a safe and stable environment.
  • The place where you sleep should be reasonably warm.

3Is something going to eat me at night in the forest?

The risk of getting eaten at night is usually smaller than the risk of sleep - deprivation. Wild animals usually do not attack people without a clear reason. Sleeping in a shelter won't make you feel threatened.

4Will forest animals get into my tent?

  • Generally, larger animals feel threatened by humans.
  • The camping place is a favorite destination for mice and insects since people leave food crumbs and they are themselves tasty treats, e.g. for mosquitoes.
  • Camps should be kept clean, food should be separated, and tents should be closed tightly before sleeping.

5What is the biggest danger of sleeping outdoors?

Wildlife is usually nothing to be scared of. Man is the real threat to a lonely wanderer. The second biggest danger is cold exposure.

6How to create a soft bedding in a forest?

  • It is important to remember that bedding is generally the most important thing to provide insulation from the ground when building a shelter.
  • You can make a soft mattress by filling two large garbage bags with dry leaves.
  • Even if you move rapidly in your sleep, a cover like this will prevent the insulation insert from escaping. The bags can be taped together or stacked.
  • Pillows can be made from rolled up extra pants, a backpack, or a water bottle tucked into a shirt.

7What are the rules for light and noise when hiding in your shelter?

  • Avoid distractions such as noise and intense light.
  • You shouldn't use your phone if you don't want to be found.
  • If you need to use it, lighting should be aimed low, directly at the object being illuminated.
  • It doesn't make sense to shine torches unnecessarily as you may attract uninvited guests.
  • At night the murmurs can be heard from far away and the light can be seen from several hundred meters away.
  • In case of an unforeseen situation, you must memorize your location and all the details of your surroundings before you go to sleep. Stay silent and avoid using light at all times.

8How to sleep in groups during an emergency?

  • A duty roster is usually the list of persons in charge of keeping watch when a group sleeps together.
  • You should spread out close to each other so you can whisper to each other.
  • It is necessary to determine a possible assembly point beforehand everyone needs to know the directions in order to proceed.

9What are the rules of sleeping in a sleeping bag?

Sleep in your underwear, if it's dry. If your clothing is damp, you will always feel cold. Keep your mouth and nose exposed to the outside of your sleeping bag so moisture from your breathing doesn't build up inside.

10Are there any tricks for sleeping comfortably on the ground?

Be sure that you are lying on something that won't collapse in the middle of the night or fall on you. Make sure you dig a small hole near your hips where your hips will rest. This will help ensure a restful night's sleep and maintain your spine's natural curve.

11Are hammocks better than beds?

  • A hammock doesn't offer the stability of a typical bed.
  • But they offer numerous advantages over traditional beds.
  • You don't need to worry about ground insulation or something on you in a hammock.
  • Whenever you get a chance, use a hammock.

12How to keep warm at night?

  • In colder climates, a campfire or buried hot stones may provide you with extra warmth.
  • If you want your sleeping bag to keep you warm, give it a good shake before you go to bed so it gets some air and fluff.
  • You can also put a hot water bottle inside.
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