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    That 'Head Cold' Feeling

    I was reminded last night about sleeping out in the cold..
    Ground dwelling, hammock .. it seems to be the same.

    It was around 0 Celcius (Freezing) and Im toasty warm in my setup but
    in the morning I feel like I am getting a head cold. I'm sure it's from breathing
    in the cool air all night through my nose.

    Does anyone else get this?
    Not sure If I will get a cold or not, I will know by tonight.

    How to prevent it.
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    I have found a covered hammock really helps keep the air I breath warmer also wearing a buff has helped me.

    I don't think you can get sick from breathing cold air. Getting sick usually involves exposure to germs.
    Breathing cold air might give you a sore throat.
    O&B
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    I was curious if cooling the fluid in the lungs could cause issues. I'll use the bug net and my buff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firesong View Post
    I was curious if cooling the fluid in the lungs could cause issues. I'll use the bug net and my buff
    It might.
    I'm sure the bugnet helps some but a breathable top cover slightly vented really makes a difference when I winter hang.
    I have measured 10-15F difference between outside air temps and inside and of course there is no wind or breeze inside.

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    I am a hammock sock fan - more flexibility as I can always leave it unzipped to look out - on one side anyway. But when it is gets to be "cold" - then I at least bring a balaclava hat in the hammock so I can use it if I need to. Gives the coverage options you want - will cover mouth and nose if necessary. Hum, maybe I'm a sock fan because I can't stake out a tarp in my hang location outside the house.

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    I wear a beanie or a hoodie when the temps are even in the 60's. Maybe its the moisture in south La that I don't like. But I will wake up with a cold feeling if I don't keep the head covered.

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    I like to sleep in a balaclava. Pulled u over my nose, I can breath in slightly warmer air. I did this even when I slept on the ground. I also like to pull my top quilt over my mouth and nose to create a little warm pocket, but I mostly rely on the balaclava. You can also wrap a scarf around your face over your mouth and nose. This will als help create a warm pocket for breating.I think your body gets used to indoor climate control and the head cold feeling is just because your not used to sleeping outside in the cold.

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    This is my head on a minus 40 hammock trip last year. My balaclava is pulled up over my mouth under the fleece face mask. Two BlackRock down beanies and adown hood. My head was good and warm believe it or not.
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    I really like hats that I can pull over my eyes and ears. This also helps if the moon is obnoxiously bright, or my tarp is making too much noise.

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    The drier cold air might be drying out your sinus and respiratory mucosa. That could cause a bit of mucosal inflammation and some increase in mucus production as a protective mechanism. That might give you some congestion, etc.

    -just a thought--

    Now if you can tell me why the edge of my eyelids get so cold and uncomfortable...........

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