Preschool Naps May Boost Learning
The afternoon nap is a sacred rite of preschool, but little is known about what benefits, if any, the snooze may have for developing young minds. Now, a study has found that classroom naps may boost learning. The morning of the study, 77 children between the ages of 3 and 5 from six preschool classes briefly viewed a grid of pictures including umbrellas and cats. On a day when the kids had an afternoon nap, they recalled 10 percent more of the object locations in the grid after the nap than on a day when they spent the same period of time awake.
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online Sept. 23, 2013