Baby sleep: regular naps key to learning and memory development
Ever wondered why our babies spend a
large proportion of their first year asleep? A study has revealed
that those regular naps are the key to helping babies learn and
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The findings come from a research team at the
University of Sheffield, which studied 216 babies up to 12 months
old, to see if there was a direct link between sleep and a baby's
ability to retain facts, knowledge and events.
The study indicated that babies who
took regular naps were more likely to remember skills they had
learnt the day before, opposed to the babies that didn't sleep, or
slept for less than half an hour.
Maybe it's high time we learnt a
thing or two from our very own little bundles of joy and consider
an afternoon nap or to.
Our very own sleep expert Dr Nerina
Ramlakhan is a huge advocate of napping. Learn how to nap better
with Dr Nerina's sleep tool