Just how extreme is your bedroom? For most people, we’re talking icy drafts… Maybe a pneumatic snorer… A colossal house spider at the most.
But for some hardcore souls, ‘bedroom’ can mean everything from sub-zero temperatures on an Arctic ice plain to the tropical heat of the jungle.
Here are the bedrooms we’re glad we don’t deliver to, as we shed the light on sleeping in…
It’s bad enough when your toes casually stray too far south of the duvet mid-winter, but what if your sleeping bag was frozen solid at -75°C and capable of inducing frostbite? As we watch polar explorers Pen Hadow, Ann Daniels and Martin Hartley preparing to go to sleep in the Arctic, all we can think is “Let’s hope no-one needs to nip out to the loo!”
We can all relate to waking up in an unfamiliar bed, but stuck to the ceiling… not so much! As NASA explains, there’s no up or down in space – just microgravity. As a weightless astronaut, you can sleep in any direction of your choosing – so on the bedtime to-do list, it’s essential to attach your sleeping bag to something to prevent you from floating around. Space station crews sleep for eight hours in small crew cabins, which are just big enough for one person. Take a look at the Russian Sleep Station here.
Don’t be fooled by Jungle Book. The lion might be sleeping tonight, but with spiders, scorpions, ticks, leeches and snakes on your list of potential bed-mates, we won’t be! Should you ever find yourself in a dreaded plane crash/Lost-style scenario, survivalist Ray Mears advises: ‘Get ready to go to bed early.’ In the jungle, you need lots of rest to stay strong and fight off any infection. Make camp on raised ground as far away from any swamps as possible. Don’t even think about sleeping directly on the jungle floor; instead, make a bed of branches topped by palm leaves. An A-shaped waterproof palm leaf shelter will ward off the worse of the weather (Extra points for staring out from it wistfully in the style of Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now). Watch Ray in action – if you can handle it.
If Sex in the City 2 has given you expectations of stylish desert-based shenanigans – think again. Coyotes (rabid or in packs), lone wolves, wild pigs and the inevitable scorpion/snake/spider trio are among the predators who make sleeping in the desert… interesting. That’s before we even talk about sandstorms, quicksand and flash floods! It may be 38°C in the day, but come night-time, the mercury plummets to around -4°C at night. This makes it the perfect time to travel – go further and faster in the cooler temperatures while minimising your risk of heat exhaustion. In the daytime, stay in shaded places (behind rocks, in caves or near water). Elevate yourself off the ground – even by a few inches – for a significant cooling effect or dig below the surface layer of sand to cooler sand beneath. You’ll need to drink at least a gallon of water to keep yourself hydrated each day, and wear light-coloured loose clothing. We’ll hand you over to Bear Grylls to talk about the rest.