DENVER (CBS4) – Most caregivers know that an hour nap means a happier child, but a new study shows another benefit to a midday rest.
Children at the Bright Horizons Preschool in Manhattan, N.Y. go down for a nap every afternoon. The new study shows napping can help improve learning.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts tested the memory skills of 40 preschoolers — once after the children napped and once after they skipped the midday rest.
“We found the kids who stayed awake forgot 15 percent of the information they learned in the morning, whereas when the kids took a nap during nap time they remembered everything they had learned in the morning,” Professor Rebecca Spencer with UMass Amherst said.
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