Just about every parent dreads the day their child stops napping. As much as we love our children and the joy they bring to our lives, there’s no denying that we need a break from each other every now and then. And it’s not just the parents that need the break, but so do the children. For me, when my preschooler doesn’t nap, the witching hour, which begins around 4 PM in my house, tends to be way worse when a nap is not had thus making it tough for both my daughter and I. Suffice it to say, I do all I can to make sure she gets a nap in, though it doesn’t always happen despite my best efforts.
New research suggests, though, that naps for preschoolers are more than just to help quell all the moodiness, but rather regular napping helps these preschool aged children learn better. It’s not just about being well-rested to deal with the day’s tasks, but rather getting enough slumber actually helps preschoolers to absorb more information as their day progresses.