For years, it has been observed (and assumed) that aging causes sleep to worsen; that is, the elderly may spend more time in bed, but they spend more of that time in bed awake compared with younger and busier adults. Many of these studies were conducted in laboratory environments and in age-appropriate animal models. However, a recent study published in SLEEP–the flagship journal of the Sleep Research Society–presents refuting evidence; that elderly individuals (around 80) actually report better sleep than younger adults. I read a press release of this study in The Atlantic before reading the actual study of which I not surprisingly overlooked while browsing through the monthly contents of SLEEP in search of studies on animal models of sleep processes (sorry), but even after reading through the study, I’m still not convinced that this study should be viewed as groundbreaking or game-changing because it is reliant on self-reports. And while, er so I’ve heard from fellow researchers who study subjective measures of sleep in humans, that there is a more rigorous checks and balances system for accurate self-reporting in all areas of research nowadays, we can’t dismiss the fact that there may be a big ol’ whooping confound of aging-related cognitive dissonance in all aging studies. So, to those of you who are more knowledgeable and experienced in human data collection, can these confounds be overlooked and can conclusions be clearly drawn since cognitive decline seem to be inherent of all aging-related studies?