When I go camping I often have trouble sleeping. I toss and turn and always end up rolling off my sleeping pad. What can I do to sleep better?
Ian the Insomniac, San Jose, Calif.
A. Dear Sleepless in San Jose, have you tried duct-taping yourself to your sleeping pad? That’d work, but it’s a little tricky getting out when you have to pee in the middle of the night.
Here’s some other advice:
My friends at Therm-a-Rest told me that many people tend to overinflate their sleeping pads. Blowing it up bigger will actually cause you to roll off. So once it’s inflated, your best bet is to lie on it, then open the valve briefly to let a little air out — that way the pad conforms to your body.
You can also make the top of your pad non-slip by using a tube of Seam Grip to draw lots of tiny urethane dots or a couple of big squiggles on the top of your pad. Puff paints will work fine, too.