Daytime nap is not only beneficial for mental health of adults but also for children.
In fact, it helps preschool children up to 5 years of age to improve their reading ability if they are accustomed to sleeping for a while in the afternoon.
This was revealed in a study conducted in Australia .
Not much has been said about the relationship between sleep, memory development and reading abilities in children by the researchers
But preliminary evidence from Macquarie University research suggests that taking a nap can help 5-year-olds understand the pronunciation of words, which can help with later studies.
The study included children who had not yet reached school age and found that a nap would help them learn the pronunciation of words and recognize the published words.
A short nap improves children’s ability to use the details of a new task, the researchers said.
“We discovered that afternoon naps have a positive effect on children’s brain processes in understanding the pronunciation of words and they are able to use this knowledge to read unfamiliar words,” researchers said.
The study involved 32 children aged 3 to 5 years and helped them to get a good night’s sleep.
Each child participated in 7 sessions of 2 to 4 weeks.
Researchers say that if a nap is helpful in understanding the pronunciation of words, then children who take a nap can perform better learning tasks and read unfamiliar words.
He acknowledged that since the study was conducted in a daycare center rather than a laboratory, he could not examine the different effects of sleep.
This will be the subject of further research in the future.
The results of the study were published in the medical journal called Journal of Child Development.