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Afternoon sleep can defeat depression
- January 27, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
It is no secret that a healthy sleep is in many respects the basis of a healthy and long life – however, few people realize what additional positive factors are hidden in the afternoon dream, for example. Here's a new study by specialists from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the study of sleep patterns, behavior and moods of more than 3,000 children from China, showed that relatively short-format afternoon sleep can play a key role in improving the mood and behavior of adult children – and it indicates that you can get these positive factors even if you do not practice afternoon nap every day.
According to a new study by specialists from Pennsylvania in the United States, a systematic afternoon nap, practiced at least three times a week, can be a great opportunity to resolve the child’s problematic behavior and emotional outbursts, up to older children about 13 years old. The study itself took as a basis the medical data of more than 3,000 children from China, aged 10 to 12 years, some of whom practiced afternoon nap in the specified minimum dynamics.
As it turned out, in such children the overall level of cognitive and emotional performance rises by about 7.2%, which entails not only an improvement in mood and behavior in general, but, in particular, an improvement in school performance and in extracurricular activities. Thus, an afternoon nap can actually be one of the basic features of a healthy and long-term lifestyle with a constant increase in cognitive functions – specialists also want to test some additional theories related to sleep and cognitive regulation.
It becomes clear that the topic of afternoon sleep and its connection with potential improvement in cognitive functions is really unusual and promising – however, experts also want to conduct some additional research related to the disclosure of additional factors that may occur in the context of improving cognitive abilities.