On your tummy? On your back? Starfish? Or across the bed? What type of sleep creature are you? We bet no matter what type you are, you only get to practise a tiny part of that in a tent! But that’s ok. Everyone thinks St Patricks Day is the most important day in March, but it is not (sort of). 

March 18th is World Sleep Day, and as we all know getting enough sleep is essential for giving us the energy to do the things we love to do and of course it is vital in maintaining optimal health and well-being. But did you know that your body language when asleep in bed and how you lie on your mattress has its benefits, drawbacks, and impacts on your health? It might be time to find out what type of sleeper you are. Don’t fret, no one will figure out your deepest, darkest secrets, or will they? 

The Mover (Back Sleeper):

Most likely a snorer. Deep sleeper and not so deep thinkers. Thinks they are smaller than they are and are immovable objects. Think of a tamed Yeti. Known to shuffle across the mattress and take up space. 

What the tech - here is the science (apparently), of the mover. If you sleep on your back for most of the night, you most likely experience the best overall sleep health compared to others who lie in different positions. This is largely since your body is fully supported by your mattress throughout your night's sleep. You have a lower chance of having back problems, acid reflux and have better spinal alignment. Nevertheless, your snoring may be worse, and you have an increased chance of sleep apnea. 

The Talker (Stomach Sleeper):

Remember your days in scouts where there was that one person who never, ever stopped talking. Hot chocolate and smores as standard. Kumbaya, folks’ songs and the obligatory sing along. Your best friend really but you would never admit it. This person is a sound sleeper, comfortable in themselves but beware, they drool. Slobber on your pillow. All that talking comes at a cost. But stomach sleeping looks cosy! 

What the tech - here is the science (again) - Sleeping on your stomach is the least common of various sleeping positions, and it is not recommended by many sleep professionals. This is because when you lie on your stomach, there is an increased chance of getting lower back pain, neck pain and acid reflux. On the other hand, your snoring might be better and there is a decreased chance of sleep apnea. 

The Cuddler (Side Sleeper):

How we all visualise ourselves sleeping. But we know it is not actually a cuddle they want, it is space. Your cute bedside cuddler is trying to avoid you. Prone to the occasional bout of flatulence. This person dreams a lot and kicks their legs like a dog running after a bone in a dream too. These are adventurers and comfortable by themselves or leading a group. Confident to the borderline of arrogance, but we love them, nonetheless. Books could be written about the cuddler, but that is a blog for another day. 

What the tech - again: The most common type of sleep position is laying on your side. It has been found that sleeping on your side is beneficial due to the arrangement of your internal organs. Because of this you have better blood flow and thus brain health, improved digestion, and a lower chance of heartburn. Despite the benefits, there are also several disadvantages including increased strain on pressure joints, greater lower back pain, and the chance of getting a numb arm.

So, what kind of a sleeper are you? What type do you want to be?

Now we’ve got that covered, how do you optimise getting a good night's sleep while camping? Having a good night sleep while sleeping under the stars is easier said than done. While your bed at home might be extremely comfy, there's no reason you can't sleep just as well in the great outdoors. Whichever position you sleep in, it is possible to get a great night’s sleep camping. We may be sleep experts, as well as camping experts because we’ve made it possible to sleep in whatever condition and in total comfort, whatever your position. As soon as you’ve slept in one of our tents, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one! And to make your camping packing list just that little bit easier, we’ve put together a list of what you need to have the best night's sleep possible. 

Culla Series: Ah yes, the inner Cocoon. Even the word Cocoon - sounds soothing, doesn’t it? Our patented Insulation not only works in the cold to keep heat in, but it also works in hot weather to keep heat out. The Crua Culla Cocoon patented TT insulation blocks out bright light, provides amazing sound-dampening against intrusive noises and regulates the tent’s interior temperature. What does this mean for you? A snug, peaceful environment, guaranteeing you will wake up ready for any adventure. Crua insulated tents offer 19 times better insulation than a conventional tent! If the mover is your camping buddy, we recommend checking out our Crua Loj or Clan system where bedrooms can be separate. See, we really are sleep experts. 

Culla Blanket: The Culla Blanket is the perfect addition to your outdoor adventures. It's lightweight, super-tough, has amazing warming properties, and can fulfil any need from a picnic blanket to a camping blanket or even a sleeping bag. Technology is at the heart of the Culla Blanket which uses graphene-infused insulation and a recycled Ripstop. So, warmth and durability all rolled into one amazing blanket! 

Self Inflating Mattress: The difference between having a comfortable night’s sleep and a cold and uncomfortable night can come down to how well you can insulate your body. And therefore we designed our self-inflating mattress to withstand temperatures between -13°F (-25°C) and 113°F (45°C). To make your life easier, we designed the mattress to self-inflate; this means you can set up the foam matt in minutes.  Camping involves carrying a lot of gear, which is why we designed the self-inflating mattress to be lightweight. Weighing only 0.5kg, so you’ll hardly notice it in your backpack. You can have the best sleeping bag in the world, but without insulation between your body and floor, you’re going to suffer. Don’t make our mistakes and purchase our Crua self-inflating mattress today.

Mummy Sleeping Bag: Wherever you go camping, make sure you take this Crua sleeping bag with you for a more comfortable and restful night's sleep. Staying warm in harsh weather conditions is a priority, which is why we designed this sleeping bag to withstand temperatures as low as 23°f (-5°C). Crua's mummy sleeping bag’s width ensures the broadest shoulders can fit inside comfortably, to guarantee you stay warm and our shoulder baffle design has a rugged drawstring that keeps you well insulated. Unlike many sleeping bags, the zipper will never leak heat. We have all been that soldier! It uses a nylon double way auto-lock system, ensuring you won’t feel the cold. How technical and awesome does that sound? 

AER Anti-Condensation Mat: When you are sleeping in a traditional ground tent, the ground itself acts as a bit of an insulator between your mattress or sleeping bag and the outside air. But when you are in a rooftop tent, the bottom of the tent is exposed to the air. So, changes in temperature can cause moisture to build up between the bottom of the tent and the mattress. The Anti-Condensation Mat helps by adding some ventilation between the mattress and the tent floor keeping the moisture at bay. 

So, there you have it, we have literally thought about everything when it comes to sleeping outdoors. Our COO, Rainer loves it so much, he wild camped on one of our beaches last summers with our blanket and mattress for company. He did manage to get his jeep stuck in the dunes, lodged on the beach and his wife had to push it off, but that is a story for around the campfire. Stay tuned!

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