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Can Afternoon Naps Help Preschoolers Learn Better?

October 03, 2013

In an era when the average preschool day is filled with must-do curriculum, a new study has found that afternoon naps are not a waste of time. Instead, taking an afternoon snooze may actually improve a child's ability to learn by improving memory, a small study suggests. In a typical day, preschoolers pack information gleaned from a day of ABCs, shape sorting and social interactions into the short-term storage areas of their brains, said Rebecca Spencer, lead study author and a neuroscientist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. "A nap allows information to move from temporary storage to more permanent storage, from the hippocampus to the cortical areas of the brain," she said. "You've heard the phrase, 'You should sleep on it.' Well, that's what we're talking about: Children need to process some of the input from the day." To read more, click here

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