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Brandon Currin

3 Ways to Get Sleep When Disaster Strikes

3 Ways to Get Sleep When Disaster Strikes

Being a prepper means being on high alert at all times, especially when faced with a dangerous situation. It can be hard to get sleep when you’re spending every waking moment worrying about the safety and security of your team. But every prepper knows that at some point you're going to have to recharge, or else it could hurt your squad and your body in the long run. If you’re in need of some serious shut-eye, follow these techniques that can help you get sleep when disaster strikes.

Find a Comfortable Spot

Now you can’t be expecting a 5-star luxury resort kind of a snooze, but you can find somewhere with suitable conditions that’ll give you a little bit of comfort. Safety and comfort should be your priority in finding the perfect sleeping spot. The easiest way to do this is to use a hammock. They reduce the number of bugs and animals that’ll find their way into your space and can be placed anywhere with two sturdy bases. If heights aren’t your thing, you can always choose a tent, but keep in mind there are pros and cons of both. But hey, as long as you’re getting some shut-eye, does it really matter?

Avoid Noise & Light

If you have kids or friends with kids, you know how hard it can be to get some sleep with their loud high-pitched screams. When you’re in a SHTF scenario, loud noises can keep you awake not only because of how annoying they are but also because it’ll drive your paranoia. The last thing you want when you’re dying to get some sleep is to be thinking that every twig and branch crunch is a possible threat. You might want to invest in some earplugs to keep you sane during a disaster. Plus, if your battle buddy snores, you’ll finally be able to drown them out.

Any prepper knows that when disaster strikes, you’re not going to be able to choose when during the day to sleep. Sometimes it might be at night when it’s pitch black, sometimes it might be during the middle of the day. Bright lights can make it harder to fall asleep and ruin the quality of sleep you’re getting. If you can’t find anywhere with shade or minimal lighting, you can always grab a bandana or blindfold to cover your eyes.

Rotate Lookout Shifts

You might find yourself in a situation where someone has to be constantly monitoring the surrounding. In these situations where you can’t be found off-guard, sleeping can seem impossible. But on the flip side, sleep deprivation can cause you to get a little loopy, making you useless if a threat were to attack. Establish a system of rotating lookout shifts with the rest of your crew so that there’s always at least one person on the lookout. The more people you have in your group, the less time each person will have to spend awake. Be careful, though - there are some people you don’t want to have in your group when SHTF, no matter what.

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