We have good news and bad news: according to a recent study, sleep improves as you get older. However, if you’re a fan of PrimeParentsClub.com, you’re probably the exception because the study excludes ages 40 to 59 in that.
The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 155,877 adults about sleep quality. The Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, then analyzed the results.
Those polled were asked a variety of sleep issue questions and also reported income, education, depressed mood, general health and medical visits.
According to Time Healthland, elderly individuals, especially those over 80, reported better sleep than younger individuals. Sleep seemed to improve steadily with age, except for the age ranges of 40 to 59. Experts believed that menopause, the stress of raising children, depression, and work-related stressors were factors for this age range and sleep disruption.
However, researchers are skeptical if sleep actually does get better with age.
“Even if sleep is actually worse in the elderly than young people, their perceptions of it might be different. As you get older, you may have other things going on, other health problems, and you may not consider a little sleep disruption to be something that really bothers you,” Michael Grandner, a research associate on the study, told Time.