Generally, infants of up to 1 year of age requires up to 15 hours of sleep every day. Then, at the age of four years, 50 percent of children will still have a routine habit of napping in the afternoons. At the age of more than 5 years, children will gradually stop this habit. Exploring their environment will seem more interesting to them compared to afternoon naps. However, afternoon naps have various benefits.
According to Kim West, MD, author of The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight, a child will recapture all of the things they have learned when sleeping. This will make it easier for them to access that memory again when they wake up. The growth and development of a child will be maximized if they are accustomed to taking afternoon naps and sleeping soundly throughout the night.
Curious about other benefits of afternoon naps? Some are mentioned in the following points:
The duration of afternoon naps does not need to be long, and one hour is enough to increase the brain performance of the Little One. Afternoon naps can help their memory formation and learning process. According to research, the visuospatial abilities of the Little One will also increase following afternoon naps.
A Little One who routinely and adequately naps in the afternoon has a more stable mental status. They are calmer, less irritable, more cheerful, and more capable to solve problems well.
During sleep, the release of growth hormone occurs. This makes Little Ones who take routine afternoon naps have a more optimal body growth compared to those who do not.
With afternoon naps, the organs of the body – both internal and external – can rest after the Little One has participated in activities for half a day.
Seeing the various benefits of afternoon naps for the growth and development process of the Little One, experts recommend that children aged three to five years should have a routine schedule for afternoon naps.
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