By Sophal Sok
Naps provide time for children’s bodies and minds to rest and recharge as they grow and develop. Furthermore, when children are overtired, it is more difficult for them to fall asleep quickly at night. There are three important benefits of napping for children.
Naps help children learn. A study of preschoolers discovered that napping helped them perform better in a memory game. In fact, when confronted with the puzzle, the nap-deprived children displayed more negative emotions such as sadness, concern, and anger than the rested children. Those that developed a habit of sleeping every day reaped the biggest benefits from the nap.
Naps help children stay fit. Obesity rates are higher in children who don’t get enough sleep or who have inconsistent sleep patterns, according to research. It’s possible that part of the reason has to do with how they eat when they’re sleepy. According to several research, children who do not get adequate sleep eat more. They also have a proclivity for eating unhealthy meals. Furthermore, when children are weary, they will lack the stamina to be active and obtain enough exercise, which is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy weight.
More sleep, better mood. Parents are well aware that napless days can result in tantrums and tears. One study indicated that 2-year-olds who skipped naps were less happy, more apprehensive, and had a worse reaction to frustrating situations. Sleep and mood are closely connected; poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, whereas adequate sleep can improve well-being.