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UMass Study Shows Naps Benefit Preschoolers


AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Parents know nap-time can keep preschoolers from becoming cranky, but a new study suggests daily naps may also help young children learn.

Researchers at UMass Amherst say the results of their study show naps should be encouraged in preschool, in favor of squeezing in more learning activities.

Cognitive neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer studied 40 children ages 3 to 5. She found a midday nap helped the children recall the locations of pictures in a grid they had seen earlier.

On average, children who napped performed 15 percent better than their peers who skipped a midday snooze.

Spencer also found the length of the nap had no impact on the child’s performance, as long as their nap schedule was consistent.