Getting a good night’s sleep in an RV can be a challenge. Whether you’re traveling full-time in an RV or going camping, you might find yourself experiencing some sleepless nights if you’re parked next to a noisy highway or have neon signs shining through your blinds.
Skipping out on sleep while traveling is dangerous because it leads to an increased chance of a crash. Feeling tired can also make you more irritable and grumpy on your adventures.
Luckily, there are ways to improve your sleeping conditions while traveling in an RV. Investing the time and money into your RV so that you can get a proper night’s sleep is worth it, because you’ll feel as refreshed as possible and avoid traveling burnout.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you head out on your trip.
Buy Sleep-Friendly Accessories
A quick way to overcome noisy and bright camping locations is to buy accessories that will help you sleep better.
While sleeping an RV, you will likely be near other RVs that are setting up or breaking down. Sounds inside your RV, such as someone getting up to use the restroom or getting a drink, might also wake you up. Earplugs can help block out noises. If you would prefer not to wear earplugs, a white noise machine can help drown out sounds both inside and outside your RV.
You’re also likely to encounter light slipping into your RV from nearby signs or other RVs that are kept lit at night. Some individuals don’t mind light, while others like to sleep in the dark. If you enjoy sleeping with your room as dark as possible, a sleep mask can help block out light so you can get a better night’s sleep.
Get a Good Mattress
Many RVs come with basic mattresses that are uncomfortable and stiff. A bad mattress can make you feel restless and lead to a bad night’s sleep.
If you find yourself waking up with aches and pains from your mattress, you’ll want to invest in a better mattress. Since most RVs have limited space or uniquely constructed beds, you’ll want to invest in a mattress that is the right shape, size, and type for your space. Doing your research and reading reviews ahead of time will help you find the best mattress for your RV.
Pick a Quiet Campsite
Being in close proximity to other RVs or campers means you’re likely to run into neighbors that want to stay up later than you. You might not always have the luxury of choosing a quiet site, but if you have the chance, choose a site that is away from the bulk of the action.
Some of the noisiest campsites will be the ones near the entrance, near roads or highways, or near high traffic areas such as a playground. To get a great spot, plan to arrive at your destination in the afternoon and claim a spot that is near the back of the park. Setting up near the back of the park means you’re less likely to encounter the traffic and noise of RVs entering and leaving the park.
Maintain Your Sleep Schedule
If you’re on vacation, you might face the temptation of breaking your sleep schedule to stay up late and sleep in. However, if you have a regular sleep schedule, stick with it! Follow your usual nightly routine as closely as possible. Going to sleep at your usual time will help keep your body’s internal clock on a healthy sleep and wake schedule.
Breaking your sleep schedule brings negative side effects, such as restless sleep, irritability, and a decline in cognitive abilities. Sticking to your schedule will naturally help you feel more awake, which will give you more energy on your travels.
Find the Right Temperature
A hot RV will leave you sweaty and a cold RV will leave you shivering, neither of which is ideal when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. Keeping the temperature at the right level will help lull you into a peaceful night’s sleep. Getting the right pillows and sheets for the season can also help you stay comfortable at night. Consider using lighter sheets in the summer and flannel sheets in the winter.
You’ll want to invest in a proper AC unit for warmer months to help keep your space cool. If your RV doesn’t have a good AC unit, you can also open your windows to keep air moving throughout your space.