Positive attitudes increased
A change in a child’s attitude is often one of the first signs that they are tired. Grumpy Children are often tired children. Also, children fight when they are sleepy. Educators will check to see if these children have trouble concentrating on and understanding new knowledge. Children with a positive attitude, on the other hand, are much more likely to try new things and acquire new skills.
Improved memory performance
Several studies have found that regular naps improve memory performance. According to a University of Arizona study, preschoolers who napped regularly performed better in language development. For example, those who took a nap learned new words and understood their meaning. In addition, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studied the effects of napping on preschoolers by having them play the game of memory. They discovered that “skipping naps resulted in a 10 percent decrease in children’s accuracy in the memory game.”
Improve your stress responsiveness
Regular naps can also help children deal with stress. The cortisol wake-up response is induced by a nap, according to sleep research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. “They showed that infants elicit this response after short morning and afternoon naps, but not in the evening,” adds Perri Klass, MD, “and it may be adaptive to help the adolescent adjust to the pressures of the day.” .”
Improved cognitive performance
Studies in adults have found that sleep is critical to improving cognitive performance, and the same is true for children. Our brain processes memories while we sleep. Additionally, people who don’t get enough sleep have difficulty with other cognitive tasks. “Concentration, working memory, computing power, and reasoning are all areas of cognitive performance that are affected by sleep deprivation,” according to Harvard Medical School’s Department of Sleep Medicine.
While it’s obvious that regular sleep helps children learn, it can be difficult to encourage your child to continue resting once they’ve given up their nap. What matters most is the total amount of sleep your child gets in 24 hours; So if your preschooler sleeps 10-12 hours a night, don’t worry.