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Afternoon sleep improves mood and cognitive function in children.
- June 7, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
It is no secret that healthy sleep is in many ways the basis of a healthy and long life – however, few people guess what other additional positive factors in themselves hide an afternoon nap, for example. A new study by specialists from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on patterns of sleep, behavior and mood of more than 3,000 children from China, has shown that a relatively short format afternoon nap can play a key role in improving the mood and behavior of adult children – and it indicates that these positive factors can be obtained even if you do not practice an afternoon nap every day.
According to the results of a new study by specialists from Pennsylvania in the United States, systematic afternoon nap, practiced at least three times a week, can be an excellent opportunity to resolve problematic behavior and emotional outbursts of a child, up to the age of 13 years. The study itself took as its basis the medical data of more than 3,000 children from China, aged 10 to 12 years, some of whom practiced an afternoon nap in the indicated minimal dynamics.
As it turned out, these children increase the general level of cognitive and emotional performance 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 – experts also want to test some additional theories related to sleep and cognitive regulation.
It becomes clear that the topic of an afternoon nap and its connection with potential improvement of cognitive functions is indeed 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.