It's Official: This Is the Best Temperature for Sleep, According to an Expert

Audrey Noble

Waking up in middle of the night and not knowing why, tossing and turning for hours, sleeping with one leg inside the comforter and the other hanging out—we all know the struggle of not feeling comfortable temperature-wise when it's time for bed. But what might seem like just a little inconvenience actually impacts your overall sleeping pattern. Even more interesting, being warm and cozy might not be the best idea if you really want to get a good night's rest.

"When you near bedtime, your body begins to cool down by about one to two degrees to get into sleep mode," says Adam Tishman, Helix co-founder and sleep expert. "In general, sleeping in a cool environment will help you maintain this lower body temperature, which in turn will help lull you into a longer, deeper sleep."

According to Tishman, the ideal temperature to fall asleep in is between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. He explains that this room temperature will help the body maintain a temperature slightly lower than 98.6 degrees and is the best range to get a restful night's sleep.

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