Are you getting enough sleep?

How many hours do you sleep every night? If it’s less than seven, health experts say you may not be getting as much shuteye as you need to be at maximal health.

A recent study from the a sleep research organization found that more than half of those aged 65 and over were sleeping the ideal amounts, and that they were typically sleeping through the night.

As reported by, the NIA’s study surprised some researchers, who expected to see data showing that seniors and retirees went to bed early in the evening, and had difficulty maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.

“Our findings suggest that in matters regarding sleep and sleepiness, as in many other aspects of life, most seniors today are doing better than is generally thought,” one of the study’s authors, Professor Timothy H. Monk of the University of Pittsburgh’s Sleep and Chronobiology Cente, told the news source.

The study, which took five years to complete and interviewed more than a thousand seniors over the telephone in western Pennsylvania, and was published in the scholarly journal Healthy Aging and Clinical Care in the Elderly.

Do you sleep well at night, whether you live in a house or an assisted living community? If not, why not? Tell us about it in the comment section below.