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Armando @armando_bastida

Children, from birth, sleep both day and night. Little by little, as they grow older, they eliminate daytime sleep until they do one or no naps.

It has been said for some time how beneficial it can be to nap for children. A new study comes to corroborate this, since it concludes that for children of 4 to 5 years, napping during the day could help them reduce hyperactivity, anxiety and depression.

To reach these conclusions, they conducted a study with 62 children who classified into two groups, those who did nap (77% of children) and those who did not (23% of children) and found that those who did not sleep They had higher levels of anxiety, hyperactivity and depression.Before this data, Brian Crosby, the study's lead author, advises parents to "include a period of 'rest' in their daily schedule that will allow the child to nap in case be necessary". The children who napped did it an average of 3.4 days a week, that is, they do not sleep every day.

In my case, with a 3 and a half year old child, I can not conclude whether napping is better or worse. I do not doubt the benefits of the siesta, but as my son wakes up when he sleeps, crying and without wanting to know anything about anyone for at least half an hour, I prefer that he does not do it.

Maybe when she is 4 or 5 years old, her nap will be lighter and her arousals more acceptable, but we should also think that many children who nap later go to bed later.

Via | MedlineFoto | Flickr (Tina Keller) In Babies and more | Napping is healthy, Does not want to nap, How babies should nap

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