Sleepovers with friends are always fun. You get to stay up late, play games, and have snacks while enjoying the company of a like-minded group of people. But you want to know how you can make your next sleepover even more exciting? – Having it on your trampoline.
But is it safe to sleep on a trampoline? Well, you will find all the answers here.
Can You Sleep on a Trampoline?
Let me start with a story; last year, I forgot my anniversary was coming up. By the time it crossed my mind, I had only three days left. And I don’t think I need to tell you how hard it can be to find a reservation in a nice restaurant in such a short time.
So, I had to think on my feet, and I decided to surprise my wife with a night out sleeping on our backyard trampoline. I got candles, snacks, and a projector and started setting up everything in my backyard without her knowing about it. And when she finally saw what I had done, she was quite impressed.
Needless to say, my trampoline saved my neck that day, and I got to spend a romantic night with my wife under the stars. And if you want to spend a similar time with your significant other, sleeping on a trampoline, go for it.
But before you do, understand that a trampoline is not designed for sleeping. So, you cannot just lie down on it and call it a day for a comfortable experience. And that is where I will lend you a helping hand.
Is Sleeping on a Trampoline Bad for You?
Sleeping on a trampoline is a fun experience that you can enjoy with your friends and family. Just think about it; you are sleeping under the stars with a cool, gentle breeze flowing through your hair and enjoying a pleasant conversation with your friends. Needless to say, it can be an amazing bonding experience.
But sleeping regularly on an outdoor trampoline can do you more harm than good. Just like all things, too much of a good thing is never good. Here are a couple of negatives that can come from sleeping daily on a trampoline.
1. Falling off the trampoline
If you are guilty of moving a lot during your sleep, sleeping on a trampoline might not be a good idea for you, especially if the trampoline is not that big. A trampoline mat rests fairly high from the ground. And while falling off a bed when you are sleeping is not exactly painless, it will hurt you much more if you fall off a trampoline.
However, if there is a safety netting around your trampoline, this might not be the biggest issue to worry about. A trampoline net will make sure you stay on the trampoline even if you happen to roll towards the edge in your sleep. Still, I would not recommend sleeping on a trampoline if you move around a lot.
2. Risk of Rain
Sleeping on a trampoline is not the same as sleeping inside a tent that has a roof over your head. If when you are sleeping, it starts raining, you will be drenched long before you can get inside your house. And not only that, your sleeping mattresses, pillows, or anything else that you put on the trampoline will get soaked.
Even if it does not rain, the wind can often pick up during the night. You can easily catch a cold even if you have a couple of blankets covering you. If you live in a particularly cold state, sleeping on a trampoline is not a good idea as the weather can become quite unpredictable.
3. Back Pain
Sleeping on a trampoline every now and then is not a problem. But if you make it a daily thing, it can lead to chronic back pain and discomfort. A trampoline is not designed for sleeping on and has poor support for your back. Even if you bring a mattress to sleep on your trampoline, it will not bode well for your back.
Keep in mind, though, that this only becomes a problem if you sleep on your trampoline regularly. Sleeping on your trampoline once a month or every two weeks should not be too bad for your back. So, if you sleep regularly on a firm mattress that supports your spine properly, you can spare an occasional night to sleep on your trampoline.
4. Morning Sun
As I already said, a trampoline does not come with a top cover as you would get from a sleeping tent. This means that unless you have some way to cover your eyes when you sleep in the night, you are in for a rude awakening. The bright light from the morning sun will wake you up regardless of whether you slept well or not.
This, however, is not necessarily a bad thing. But if you want to wake up late, then sleeping on a trampoline is not a good idea. You can, of course, wear sleeping blinds when you go to sleep at night if you do not want the morning sun to bother you on the trampoline.
5. Insects and Mosquitos
Insects and mosquitos can be a major bummer and can ruin your entire mood when you are out sleeping on your trampoline with your friends or family. Since a trampoline is not usually covered, you are in for a hard time keeping insects out and away from you when you are enjoying quality time with your group.
The workaround to this is to use an insect repellent device or spray. Another way to deal with it is to get a trampoline tent. These tents are designed specifically to go over your trampoline. In addition to keeping insects out, the tent can also give you a roof over your head, protecting you from rain or cold.
What Do You Need to Sleep on a Trampoline?
While you can, of course, take a nap on your trampoline, you need to understand that that is not its main purpose. The manufacturers do not account for a person sleeping on their trampoline when they make it. So, sleeping on it for a prolonged time will not exactly be comfortable.
If you want to sleep on your trampoline without any discomfort, then there are a couple of items you want to bring with you. Here is my checklist of the things that you need to sleep on your trampoline. I also included a couple of optional items on this list, and while you do not exactly need them, they can greatly improve your experience.
Even during the summer nights, the wind can pick up and turn the temperature down. So, it is always a good idea to bring a couple of heavy blankets with you to keep yourself warm and cozy.
Sure, you can lie down on the trampoline mat, but it will not be very comfortable. Instead, I would recommend bringing your bed mattresses with you and laying them on the mat. Your back will thank you for it.
If you have a couple of sleeping bags with you, you do not need to worry about bringing mattresses or blankets. A fully covered sleeping bag should give you a firm surface to sleep on while keeping your body at a warm and comfy temperature
Yes, trampoline tents are a thing and can be extremely useful for sleeping out on your trampoline during the rainy season. You get a roof over your head but still enjoy the sensation of sleeping on your trampoline.
Sleeping masks or blindfolds are pretty important, especially if you do not have a trampoline tent. It will help protect your eyes against the sun in the morning.
Rain Coat or Umbrella
If you do decide to use trampoline tents for camping during the rainy season, consider bringing a couple of raincoats too. That way, you do not need to get soaked if you need to go to your house for a quick bathroom break or snacks. An umbrella works just as well.
I know you are sleeping under the stars and want to enjoy the moonlight, but it is always a good idea to bring a flashlight or rechargeable lamp with you. That way, you do not have to stumble in the dark when you are eating snacks or trying to grab something.
One of the main drawbacks of sleeping on a trampoline is the insects and mosquitos. So, when you are heading out for your trampoline, remember to take your bug spray with you. You would be surprised how big of a difference it makes in your overall experience.
Cushions and Pillows
Bring as many pillows and cushions with you as possible. Cushions are always fun for sleepovers. With a couple of cushions around you, you can curl up snugly and enjoy the stars.
Snacks are a must-have for any camping trip. And guess what, sleeping on your trampoline with your friends counts as camping in my book. So, take a couple of snacks with you to share with your friends.
Taking a couple of board games with you when you are going for a trampoline sleepover is a great idea. That way, if you get bored talking with your friends, you can bring out some games that you all can enjoy together.
Is it Safe to Sleep on a Trampoline?
Yes, sleeping on a trampoline is pretty safe, but there are some situations when it might be considered risky.
For example, if your trampoline does not have a safety enclosure, it is not a good idea to have a sleepover on it. There is always a small but real risk of someone falling off the trampoline in their sleep, which can lead to some serious injuries. With a safety net, though, you can prevent this from happening.
Some trampolines out there can be brought closer to the ground by adjusting the legs. If your trampoline has that option, you should use it. That way, even if someone does fall off, they will not fall too far.
Another thing that you want to check is the total weight capacity of the trampoline. You do not want to exceed the maximum weight limit of the trampoline when you are having a sleepover. It can cause the mat to rip in the middle of the night while you are sleeping on it.
Is Sleeping on a trampoline Good for Your Back?
Not really. A trampoline mat is really not designed for sleeping. So, you will not get support for your spine or back when you lay down on it. If you are planning to sleep on your trampoline, thinking it will be good for your back, it might end up making things worse.
The good news, though, is that sleeping on your trampoline occasionally will not leave any long-term back issues in your body. If you are planning to sleep once or twice a month, you have nothing to worry about. However, frequent sleeping on your trampoline can lead to back problems.
With That Said
Sleeping on a trampoline can be a fun way to bond with your friends or family. You get the feeling of camping out without actually going too far from your house. And the subtle bounces from the trampoline mat will help you relax and doze off.
Of course, don’t make it a regular thing as it can lead to back pain and overall discomfort. But as a once-a-month party, a trampoline sleepover can be extremely entertaining.
Hopefully, you got the answers to all your questions if you are planning such a party. Good luck!