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Insomnia and Changing Sleeping Environments: Sleepless Nights

Last updated: October 2021

I recently moved to my summer home. When I say summer home, I mean my motorhome. I spend most of the summer camping. While my motorhome is quite comfortable, adjusting to a new sleeping environment is difficult.

I have all the comforts of home, but the change still affects my sleep. There are a few things that are different, and that makes all the difference. Eventually, I will adjust, but the adjustment period is rough.

The bedding is too light

One of the biggest issues I have is a change in bedding. The bedding I use is much lighter because it is our summer bedding. I tend to sleep better with a heavier blanket. There is something about the added weight that is comforting to me.

I did buy a weighted blanket for that reason, but my husband is annoyed by its weight. It keeps him from sleeping. I have tried just placing it on my side of the bed, but it usually ends up sliding off and ending up on the floor when I toss and turn during the night.

This bedroom is too hot

When the temperature changes more than a few degrees, I have more trouble sleeping. Since I am using lighter bedding, you would think I could stand a slightly warmer temperature. Wrong. It is something about breathing the colder air that helps me sleep better. If it is a bit too warm, I will wake up frequently throughout the night.

I try to keep the temperature about the same everywhere I go. Unfortunately, some hotels do not allow you to set the thermostat below a certain temperature. That temperature is too warm for me. Forget about staying at someone’s home. Either they are freezing or I am burning up. It does not work, so we do not do it.

This bed is too small

We have a king-size bed in our home. We have a queen-size bed in our motorhome. The bed really is not too small. What makes it seem that way is the fact that my husband tends to end up in the middle of the bed off and on throughout the night. I end up waking up due to the temperature increase caused by his body heat.

I spend a good bit of the night pushing him to the other side of the bed. To be fair, I have the same issue with our king-size bed at home, so the size of the bed really is not the problem. For some reason, he always ends up in the middle of the bed regardless of what size it is. He is an early riser, so I tend to sleep better once he wakes up and gets out of bed.

Adjusting to a new sleeping environment

I try my best to keep it as similar as I can. The mattress firmness is about the same. I have the same amount of pillows. I try to keep the temperature at a nice Arctic breeze, just like home. Part of the problem is likely just knowing I am in a different space.

Do you have trouble adjusting to new sleep environments? How do you handle it? I would love to hear your tips and tricks for adjusting to sleeping in new spaces.

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