News ID: 207381
Published: 0732 GMT January 02, 2018

Change your mind about kid’s nap time

Change your mind about kid’s nap time
mirror.co.uk

Anyone with a toddler will know that nap time is a blissfully quiet time.

The wash is finally on, dinner is made, the TV comes on and you can actually take a breather.

For others it's a battle to wrestle your little one into bed, mirror.co.uk wrote.

Well, there's research that may change your mind about nap time.

Apparently napping after the age of two could impact the quality of sleep your kids get at night.

It, in turn, impacts on behavior, cognitions and physical health   — all negatively.

So should you give up on trying to get then to nap?

Scientists say to give up on the nap time when your kid is aged two.

The National Sleep Foundation suggested toddlers from three to five need between 10 to 13 hours a day.

But does it really matter when they sleep?

Children start to get the most sleep they need at night by the age of two.

The research claims that the daytime nap may cause poorer sleep quality for young kids.

Scientists then looked at the difference, and found it was linked to developmental delays, obesity, an emotional issues.

What's the difference between day and night naps?

The research team at the Queensland University of Technology looked into nap routines at childcare centers and whether kids actually need them.

Professor Karen Thorpe also said from the age of two onwards children can self-regulate their sleep, and forcing them to nap in the day could affect valuable night time sleep.

“Parents should not assume that day sleep and night sleep are the same and therefore by giving them a nap they’re getting more sleep, because that doesn’t happen,” Thorpe said.

“Once they no longer biologically need sleep during the day all you’re doing by making them nap is subtracting from night sleep because you disrupt it.”

   
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