Why am I so Tired After Camping?
You might come home feeling exhausted after your camping trip. We know the feeling! There are many times we get home from a camp trip and are too tired to even unload all of our things.
So why do we feel so tired after camping? We’ve looked into this and have discovered 5 leading reasons as to why we sometimes have no energy left after camping.
Reasons You May Feel More Tired Than Usual After Camping
We have found that this tiredness can be due to several factors. Here are 5 reasons you may be sluggish after your outdoor adventure.
1.Your Body Might Be Regulating Your Temperature More Than Normal
At home you probably have a thermostat that keeps your house at a consistent temperature. Unless you work outside, you’re probably pretty comfortable at work, too. However, when you are camping, you’re exposed to the elements and your body is working extra hard to regulate your temperature.
When it’s hot out, your body is working to keep cool. When it’s cold out, your body is working to keep warm. This change of pace for your internal system can suck some of the energy out of you. Make sure to dress appropriately to help maintain a normal body temperature.
2. You’re More Physically Active When You Are Camping
We tend to be pretty active when we camp. From hiking and fishing to keeping the fire going, it seems like we are moving a lot of the time. At home, we are not usually as active. If we are it’s usually for a shorter period of time.
If you are moving more than usual while camping, this could be a cause of why you’re feeling tired after a day or two. Make sure to pace yourself when you’re outdoors so you don’t overdo it.
3. You Aren’t Following Your Normal Routine
Mental exhaustion can make you just as tired as physical exhaustion. When you are camping, you break away from your normal routine. There are new things to think about, plan, and do.
Being in an entirely different environment that you normally are can overload your senses and make you sleepy. Make sure you plan things like meals, cooking supplies, and equipment ahead of time so that you can mentally relax once you’re in camp.
4. It Can Be More Difficult to Sleep When Camping
Even if you have taken steps to camp comfortably, getting enough sleep can be hard while you’re outdoors. Between the sounds, temperature, and sleeping conditions, you might not get as many hours in as you normally do.
We recommend making your sleeping quarters as comfortable as possible when you’re camping to help get more rest. If you miss a few z’s while you’re on your adventure, you can always look forward to crashing in your comfy bed when you get home.
5. You Might Be Dehydrated or Missing Nutrients
Drinking enough water and eating healthy meals can be more difficult when you’re camping outdoors. Not having the right foods or enough fluid can definitely make you tired. Make sure to bring enough water and the right fuel. We’ve put together lists of our favorite healthy camp snacks and meals to that can help you keep up with your body’s needs while camping outdoors.
Feeling Tired After Camping
Feeling sleepy after camping is pretty normal. Take extra care of yourself by staying safe and healthy while you are outdoors. In rare cases, fatigue can be caused by infection, bug bites, or sicknesses. In those cases, you should check in with your doctor.