Until recently, the connection between naps and children’s learning has been largely unexplored, but new research suggests that naps may play a valuable role. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that babies who nap within four hours of learning something new are more likely to remember what they learned than children who didn’t nap in that timeframe. The study concluded that sleep may play a role in forming long term memories. Another study published in Psychological Science concluded that, “Naps appear to promote a qualitative change in memory, one involving greater flexibility in learning.”
So while more research is needed, it is possible that naps may help your children learn better. And since naptime is a great time to get things done, you may be glad for naptime, too.