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Older Adults Do Get a Good Night's Rest, Survey Finds
Date:3/1/2012

heir radar. "Somebody who's much younger [might have] a much higher expectation of how they're going to sleep," he said.

It could also be that people in poor health -- who are more likely to have sleep problems -- are less likely to survive to older ages, he said.

For his part, Vitiello said, "If you're healthy, you're probably sleeping quite well, even into your 80s. So, if you see an older person who is having a lot of problems staying awake during the day, you shouldn't just excuse that as, 'Oh, that's just an old-people thing.' "

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The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more on getting a good night's sleep.

SOURCES: Michael Grandner, Ph.D., research associate, Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Michael Vitiello, Ph.D., professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington, Seattle; March 2012, Sleep


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