A new study of 3 to 5 years old children suggests that taking a nap is a very important tool for preschoolers to help in learning better.
Research included 40 children, who were shown a picture on a card in the morning, then the card was flipped over and children were asked to remember the card location on a grid.
Children then continued with their daily routine. At around 2 p.m., half children were told to take a nap and half were kept awake by involving them in different activities.
The researchers repeated the same process the next morning. The researchers found out that the children that took a nap did better on tests of recall and show higher results as compared to children who were kept awake. They also did better the next day.
The research is published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.