The nap during childhood is fundamental, especially in the first three years of a child. In this period, the child acquires information that facilitates proper learning of a new knowledge and to relate to the world around him. When regular nap is done, this helps the brain to retain information. Moreover, this article will describe the benefits of nap time and how it helps a child ones to regain their strength. There are also some tips that will be provided to help your child nap to become a routine.
Neurocognitive benefits of napping
Aside from reviving your energy, nap facilitates the storage of short-term memory and leaves room for new information. For children of one to three years, a nap during the day increases the chances of reaching an advanced level to learn more relevant things for their life. This is one of the studies of an American health journal. The researchers analyzed the responses on a learned sentences or phrases (through facial expressions) of 1-year-old children of both sexes, whether or not they slept for a few hours.
The children who took a nap learned a sentence or the relationships between different phrases. On the contrary, those who did not did not recognize the phrases they had heard before. The little ones who slept were able to generalize their knowledge on the structure of the sentence and predict a new phrase. This suggests that napping favors abstract learning. This is the ability to detect the general pattern of new information.
While the importance of encouraging infants and young children through napping is well known, it is also convenient to communicate and expose them to a wide range of words. Researchers concluded on that children need sleep to transform knowledge into abstract thoughts, just as adults do.