Unsurprisingly, sleeping outside is very different than sleeping in the comfort of your own bedroom and, with that, comes a new set of challenges including annoying insects, unfamiliar night sounds, and temperature extremes. While you are unable to have control over many of these elements, there is one (often overlooked) sleep disruptor that you can manage: outdoor allergies.
Sometimes called hay fever, rose fever, grass fever, or a summertime cold, seasonal allergic rhinitis, or outdoor allergies, occur when allergens that are commonly found outdoors, like pollen, are inhaled into your nose and lungs. The result: itchy, watery eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing. All of which can make it difficult to get that much-needed shuteye.1
When sleeping outside, it helps to stick to your familiar routines. For example, if brushing your teeth is the last thing you do before going to bed at home, do the same in camp. According to outdoor experts, this helps create a feeling of normalcy to your otherwise new surroundings.2
Picking the right spot to pitch your tent or unroll your sleeping bag can also help relieve nighttime nasal congestion. A level surface is best, but if you should find yourself on a slight incline, make sure your head is elevated above your feet. This will help your sinuses drain out and minimize swelling inside your nose.3
For dealing with outdoor allergies, make sure to pack your allergy medication. For instant nighttime nasal congestion relief use Breathe Right® nasal strips, which help open your nasal passages so you can breathe and sleep better.