It’s hard to sleep well when you’re cold. A few simple techniques can make all the difference.
- You need fuel to keep your furnace burning all night. In case you wake up chilled, have a quick energy, high-calorie snack at the ready for a middle-of-the-night refuel.
- Use a thick, full-length sleeping pad; what works in the summer often won’t cut it in the winter. Look for a minimum R-value of 4.0 (an R-value of 5.0 or more is ideal) or consider doubling up pads for maximum warmth.
- Wear a liner balaclava and snug hat that won’t fall off during the night.
- Have a designated set of dry sleepwear, including a pair of warm socks.
- Avoid breathing into the hood. The moisture in your breath will compromise the insulation and reduce its warmth, especially in down bags.
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