How mid-day naps boost learning in preschoolers
Some publicly funded preschoolers are under pressure to drop nap time in exchange for more curriculum-focused time.
But a new study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that daytime naps are significant in early learning as they help with memory consolidation.
And no, you can't just get a good night's sleep to recover memory consolidation time if a kid is nap deprived. It's especially helpful if the nap is taken soon after something important is learned.
Another study from 2012 indicated that toddlers who chronically miss naps are at greater risk for mood-related problems later in life.
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