The researchers at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia claim that an afternoon nap may affect your toddler's overall sleep quality.
The researches wanted to find out what impact napping has on young children's night-time sleep quality, behaviour, cognition and physical health. They were studying the impact of night sleep on children's development and health. Napping beyond the age of two lengthens the amount of time it takes for a child to fall asleep (sleep onset) and shortens the overall amount of night-time sleep he or she has.
They reviewed napping in children up to the age of 5 years, and found 26 relevant studies out of a total of 781. They pooled the data and synthesised the findings. They found consistent, if not particularly high quality, evidence indicating that napping affects night time sleep of kids beyond the age two.
The links between napping and any detrimental impact on behaviour, development, and overall health, however, were not conclusive. The study appeared in online in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.
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