A couple years ago, I had the privilege of spending two and a half months in India. I also had the privilege of sleeping with aggressive mosquitoes over half that time :-), and I learned a thing or two about getting proper rest even in the presence of mosquito swarms.
In this article, I will share what I learned about sleeping in the presence of mosquitoes, and will provide other useful references as well.
Tips to Sleeping with Mosquitoes
The first obvious solution is to get a mosquito net and set it up properly. So long as you have something to attach it to, and you don’t rip it anywhere, you are golden. And even so, there is still a chance that one or two pesky mosquitoes find their way under it when you are diving into your bed. Just do your best to not let this happen lol.
When I was in India, I did not always have the chance to set up a mosquito net. In the instance you are not able to, I found the following steps helpful.
First, set up your sleeping quarters. Whether it is a bed, a mat, or the floor, have one blanket ready which is on top of everything else. The blanket should not be too thick or too thin, somewhere in between if possible; it should also be large enough to cover at least your neck to your toes. Next, take a cold bucket shower (or regular shower) and lower your body temperature as much as possible. I am making the assumption that if you are sleeping with mosquitoes, it is likely in a hot, moist environment where they tend to thrive, and overheating will definitely keep you from sleeping. So, cool off first before jumping into bed. After cooling off, dress yourself in long sleeves and pajamas – they should be light, but not skin-tight as mosquitoes have no mercy and will penetrate your clothing if its too close to your skin. If you wear clothing that is too thick, the heat may prevent you from falling asleep. You may also want to wear breatheable socks/gloves. The idea is to cover as much of your skin as possible; fortunately, mosquitoes never touched my face, but if they do yours, you may want to invest in a mesh head-covering. Now that you are clothed, the next step is vital to a successful nights rest. You must quickly grab the blanket and wrap yourself as tight as you can in it. Make yourself as comfortable as possible in this position, and begin deep-breathing exercises, allowing each breath to calm and relax your body. If all goes according to plan, you should be asleep within several minutes. And if you unravel during the night, which is likely, your clothes should keep most of the mosquitoes at bay.
I’ve also used this natural insect repellant for many years; it is very effective, but only for about two hours. If you solely rely on this for getting a good night’s rest, I would say it is unlikely to be effective. This article contains further information about preventing mosquito bites with natural sources.
Let me know if you have any tips as well!