Study: Seniors Sleep Better Than Once Thought

While upwards of 20% of the population is sleep deprived, a new study indicates that most seniors sleep pretty well.

The research was conducted via telephone poll in western Pennsylvania by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.  Nearly 1,200 retired people, aged 65 and older, were asked how well they slept and for how long.  More than half of the respondents said they slept at least 7.5 hours a night and slept between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

About 75 percent of the seniors said they slept an average of more than 6.75 hours per night. The other quarter said they slept fewer than 6.7 hours per night and had sleeping difficulties and daytime sleepiness.

Researchers say that, at least according to their data, the stereotype of older individuals going to bed very early, not sleeping well, and being tired most of the time, is not correct.  They say, however, that sleeping patterns among seniors are extremely variable, and have much to do with the individual’s health.

Source: US News & World Report