How to sleep at a festival

Even Dreams don’t offer a bed that you can pop into a rucksack and take along to a music festival. Because we know the value of a good night’s sleep though, we can offer you a few hints on how to sleep through noise if you’re heading off to a festival any time soon.

To be honest, the last thing that’s likely to be on your mind is how much sleep you’ll be able to squeeze into those action packed days. After all, you’re planning three days of live music, partying, drinking and more, which all means that sleep is probably not a priority. Even so, if you can manage to grab some rest at some point, it might actually refresh you and help you to make the most of the festival.

So what are the top tips for getting some quality rest during a music festival? Here they are, in no particular order:

Don’t sleep on the floor

Even after a few drinks, sleeping on the floor of your tent can be hard. Literally. Take an inflatable mattress and invest in a decent sleeping bag that’s reasonably padded. Together they’ll keep you away from the cold ground and stop any stones or rocks stabbing you in the back through your groundhsheet.

Muffle the sound and cover your eyes

A decent pair of earplugs – and a spare set – are inexpensive to buy and fairly effective at reducing exterior sound. They won’t eliminate the decibels of a heavy metal band in the next field, but to some extent they will help you to sleep through noise. If you pop on an eye mask at the same time, this could also nudge you that bit nearer towards sleep.

Think before you pitch

If you want the full-on atmosphere, pitch your tent in one of the bigger campsites closer to the main stage. If you want a bit of peace, pitch your tent at the campsite furthest away from the main performance areas. These are usually the quietest campsites and, at some festivals, are considered to be more ‘family friendly’ than others. You’re less likely to be surrounded by all-night parties but be warned – you could well have a long walk back after the final gig.

 

Keep your head up

If you have to pitch your tent on a hill, sleep with your head uphill. This stops the blood rushing to your head in the night and is a position that, if you sleep with several pillows at home, your body will be more familiar with.

Change for bed

We don’t expect you to take along a pair of striped flannel pyjamas and a dressing gown, but try at least to pack a pair of shorts and a t-shirt to sleep in, or a clean tracksuit if you feel the cold. Sleeping in something other than your mud-spattered festival gear will make you feel fresher, cleaner and far more likely to drop off.

Take something to rest your head on

Packing a proper pillow probably isn’t an option, but take an empty pillowcase and stuff it with clothes instead. A makeshift pillow is better than a rolled up sweatshirt or no pillow at all, and having your head raised above your body will make it far easier to sleep. An inexpensive inflatable pillow is another possibility.

Well, those are our key tips for helping you to sleep through noise and grab a few hours of quality sleep at a music festival. So best of luck…and sweet dreams.

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