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    A long story short... For health reason, I can't sleep in the house. I would like to sleep in the backyard. In my area, the low at night is about 50. But it seems a lot colder. I have sleeping pad, so my primary concern is temperature.

    Is there a way for me to sleep comfortably and safely in a small tent? I've considered electric blanket, but worry about its health effect.

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    Not sure how an electric blanket would be unhealthy, but my son used to sleep outside in a tent all the time, in weather lots colder than that. With plenty of comforters you should be fine. I'm not a cold weather camper myself so YMMV.
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    Default Re: keep tent warm enough in the backyard

    Lows of 50 should be fine
    i tent in colder temps
    and have camped with my son as low as 40 degree temps since he was 6
    he was fine with a 20 degree bag
    you could get 30-40 degree bags for cheap
    but since its your backyard blankets should be fine
    include an extra blanket below you and proper sleep gear
    based on your name if your near boston this time of year its much colder than 50 degrees at night
    50 lows you should be fine but if your near boston need to go more in depth on cold weather sleeping

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    Default Re: keep tent warm enough in the backyard

    Without knowing what prevents you from sleeping indoors, it's difficult to offer suggestions on keeping a tent warm.

    An electric heater could be the answer unless the heated air is an issue. Since you're concerned with the health effects of an electric blanket, then an electric heater may have the same concern for you.

    Also, rain may be an issue. Will the tent be placed under something or out in the elements.

    Have you considered building a lean-to to provide 3-wall protection from the elements? Then a simple tarp for the fourth wall would give you a more protected shelter while still "open" like a tent. Using an electric heater in there would be pretty simple. You could build a nook for the heater so it is away from your bedding during the night. And you could run the electrical properly through weather-proof conduit.

    For me, the cold would be the easiest thing to handle. The rain and wind would be of bigger concern. Especially since this would be a longterm sleeping system.

    And what happens if you're sick. Will you be able to get up in the night and go inside if you're down with the flu, etc.? I'm thinking of bathroom needs when it is an immediate need and you have to get out of the small tent and through the rain and wind to get to the house.

    Maybe a screened porch off the back of the house would be a better option.
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    This is a weird thread.
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    Yeah, I suspect he isn't coming back. He indicated it was health reasons, but I wonder if it is more mental health reasons. I've heard that a lot of ex-service folks have problems sleeping indoors and/or small enclosed spaces.
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