Research is to be carried out to establish how sleep helps
four and five-year-olds with their memory, behaviour and
Rebecca Spencer of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is to
look at the connection between sleep, physical activity and children's behaviour.
She feels that some teachers may wrongly think that naps are not
beneficial for kids and it is something they simply have to get
"There's some evidence in young adults and in older children that
naps are beneficial. We need to know whether keeping naps in the
school day is important," Ms Spencer stated.
Around 480 preschoolers between three and five years old will be
asked to complete a series of fact-based and emotional memory
studies, with and without additional sleep.
Ms Spencer will then look at how classroom experiences differ for
little ones when they have not gone to bed for a short period in the
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes