Study: Seniors Report Sleeping Better Than Younger Adults
The older you get, the better you sleep? Perhaps, suggests a new study that found older adults report sleeping better than their younger counterparts. The research is based on self-reports from 155,877 adults; findings were published today in the journal Sleep. Compared to other age groups, people in their 70s and 80s had the fewest complaints about sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue. In fact, save for a bump in middle age, sleep appears to improve steadily over the course of a lifetime. There are numerous explanations for the discrepancy, study author Michael Grandner, a research associate at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania, told ABC News. “Perhaps with other pain or health issues going on, older people don’t really see their sleep as a problem, compared to everything else,” Grandner said. “They might also have attitudes and beliefs about sleep that don’t place much importance on getting a good night’s sleep. After all, we live in a ‘sleep when I’m dead’ society that seems to think that sleep is for sissies.”
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By ANGELA HAUPT for US News
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