Don’t forget to nap!

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Learning tons of information… having energetic recesses… it takes a toll on children! Nap time rests their body and boosts memory.

Ahhh, remember those days in preschool when you’d walk into the classroom after a hot sweaty recess and knock out for about an hour? Those were the most relaxing 60 minutes of sleep ever, in my honest opinion. Well, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the nap is not only refreshing, but also a great memory boost for preschool kids!

Ha, memory boost? Students are learning their ABCs and 123s, there’s hardly anything to remember! Actually, it may seem that way to us, but for young school children, their tiny brains can feel weighed down by all the stuff they’re learning. There’s a lot of material to keep track of, and apparently, sleeping is the perfect way to recall lessons. According to the study, preschoolers who got some extra snooze time performed much better on tests than the poor kids who weren’t allowed to sleep. Additionally, kids who took a nap during the day remembered 10% more information than their tired peers.

Okay, so they had an easier time with their preschool-level work. Big deal! Actually, it is, because doing well in preschool is one of the best ways to predict a successful life in the future. Wow, that is pretty serious. How much sleep should they be getting then? “To be at their most alert toddlers need about 11-13 hours of sleep a day, giving their active minds a chance to wind down and re-charge, ready for the day ahead,” said Dr. Robert Scott-Jupp, of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. “We now know that a daytime sleep could be as important as a nighttime one. Without it, they would be tired, grumpy, forgetful and would struggle to concentrate.”

Hey, focus is important for any student, am I right? So, even if you aren’t in preschool, sneaking a nap into your busy schedule is good for your brain! I’m sure a lot of college students today would love to get at least 20 minutes of rest every day, trust me, so take advantage while you have the time.

Featured image courtesy of Taber Andrew Bain on Flickr. Image of boy playing tetherball courtesy of A. M. Images on Flickr.