USA: Napping associated with a host of benefits for older children

05 July 2019

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found a connection between midday naps in older children and greater happiness, self-control, academic achievement and fewer behavioural problems.


A study of 3819 children aged 10 to 12 in China linked midday napping of between 30 minutes and an hour with a host of positive outcomes. The most robust findings, published in the journal Sleep, were associated with academic achievement, says co-author Adrian Raine: ‘Children who napped three or more times per week benefit from a 7.6% increase in academic performance.’

The researchers collected data about napping frequency and duration for children in Grades 4 to 6, as well as outcome data when they reached Grade 6, including psychological measures like grit and happiness, and physical measures such as body mass index and glucose levels.

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