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Trouble Sleeping in Camp

I'm a side sleeper who can't get through a night on a sleeping pad without pain in my hips and knees that causes me to toss and turn. Any suggestions for remedying that?

Question:

I’m a side sleeper who can’t get through a night on a sleeping pad without pain in my hips and knees that causes me to toss and turn from about 1 a.m. on. Any suggestions for remedying that? I sleep well on a regular mattress.

Submitted by - Mike, Tooele, UT

Answer:

A friend with a similar problem solved it by making a good pillow (he carries an old pillow case and stuffs it with clothing) under his head and another pillow between his knees. You could try that. If sleep deprivation becomes a real problem, you can go chemical with a sleep inducer (such as Rozerem).

1 Comment

  1. Helen

    I have this problem. I tried alot and finally came up with a solution that works for me. I use a Big Agnes Insulated Air core mattress…and I don’t blow it up completely. And I combine it with a thermarest compressible pillow. Being able to sink a little into the mattress and having my head at a 90 deg angle with my shoulders works wonders. I tried stuffing bags for my pillow…but I finally bought the thermarest. I take it when backpacking as well. It it my luxury item.

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