Monday, June 10, 2013

Repost: Breaking news: Small kids need naps

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.

Jan. 11, 2012

Every now and then, academia sets out to confirm something so obvious that it almost makes me wonder why researchers spend time and money working on the subject.

It's happened again, this time at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where researchers in the integrative physiology department have proved that toddlers need naps.

Yes, really.

According to Science Daily, a team led by Prof. Monique LeBourgeois found that toddlers who don't get enough sleep are more anxious and respond to frustrations more negatively than kids of the same age who get their naps.

"Just like good nutrition, adequate sleep is a basic need that gives children the best chance of getting what is most important from the people and things they experience each day," LeBourgeois said, according to the report.

Can you imagine what science will confirm for us next? I'm looking forward to the study proving that having kids can be tiring and the one showing that children enjoy playing with toys.

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