Children who take naps become smarter, have less behavior problems

(Darwin Malicdem/ Medical Daily) — Parents, give your kids more time to nap. A new study offers new information on how taking naps could really improve the mood and performance of children.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine found that midday napping could promote greater happiness and self-control and enhance a kid’s IQ and behavior. The findings, published in the journal SLEEP, come from the analysis of data from nearly 3,000 children, ages 10 to 12.

“Children who napped three or more times per week benefit from a 7.6 percent increase in academic performance in Grade 6,” Adrian Raine, co-author of the study and a Penn neurocriminologist, said in a statement.

For the study, Raine and his team collected data from the China Jintan Cohort Study, which started in 2004 and followed children from toddlerhood through adolescence. The researchers opt for China since the country is known to promote napping to kids as well as adults. (…)

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