I tent camped in college and survived with a self inflating pad supplemented by a closed cell foam pad and a sleeping bag. Got married some years after college and stopped camping completely. Had a kid, joined scouts and jumped back in. Ever since I have been slowly tweaking my sleep system to be comfortable in a tent. I am a firm believer that sleep, food and shelter are equally important and required for a good outing. When I first got back in I used an air mattress which was ditched after the first couple trips. Moved to Cabela's thermarest clone pads and cots when we got a tent large enough to use them. Joined boy scouts and went smaller. Picked up a number of lightweight cots which all helped, and tried a bunch of different pads and mattress toppers. Got stuff at thrift stores, estate/yard sales, clearance and REI garage sales. I tried pads with horizontal baffles, vertical baffles and different foam ones. My last campout a week ago seems to have hit the bullseye. I overslept, did not wake up with a sore back or hips, no neck pain and no headache. The key was a sea to summit comfort deluxe pad. It has two bladders and a gazillion individual air cells so I could inflate the bottom to firm and the top to less firm. That was coupled with a big agnes sleeping giant foam pad sleeve (that is a tad too small to work as a sleeve with this new pad) and a Nemo pillow top foam topper that is stuffed into the sleeve and is just placed on top of the pad. Tying it all together is an Rei kingdom sleep system I got for cheap at a garage sale. It includes a quilted bottom sheet with a small amount of insulation and elastic ends so it stays in place. I also have another elastic sheet that has a more cotton feel that I prefer that goes over it all. Depending on the tent I either take a regular camp cot or my helinox light weight cot which takes up much less room, but is only a couple inches high. Best of all for those trips were I may need to go lighter weight and backpack I can just take the pad and a foam under pad for additional protection and I should be fine. Only took me 8 or 9 years of experimentation and constant searching for deals on different gear to try!