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Posted on 07/27/2018 · Posted in Health Information from Affiliated Dentists

Naps and Their Benefits

Sleep is extremely important to physical and mental health, for people of all ages, children to adults. We all need it, we all benefit from it. Sleep can improve memory and keep your attention sharp. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, and lower your stress. It can even help with chronic pain as well as inflammation. Simply, getting enough sleep makes you feel better, something just as important for children as it is for adults.

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Why Do Children Need Naps?

Children often do not sleep through the night, especially infants and toddlers, so for them to get enough sleep, daytime naps are crucial.

Some kids need more sleep than others, but regardless of age, all children should be taking naps to recharge their bodies and minds. There are many different websites that give conflicting advice on how long your child’s naps should be. Doctors and even friends and family may even put in their two cents, but at the end of the day, only you know your child and their needs when it comes to their health. One child may sleep through the night and only take a half hour nap in the day, whereas another may only get four to five hours of shuteye at night and take two hour naps in the afternoons. Make sure you monitor your child’s sleep patterns to ensure they are getting enough sleep and taking adequate naps.

Nap Benefits

It is widely known that sleep is imperative not only to our health, but our moods as well.

A lack of sleep affects:

  • concentration
  • movement
  • judgment
  • perception
  • memory
  • healing
  • attention

When children are deprived of proper sleep, they become irritable, difficult to communicate with, and easily lose their focus. It is imperative to ensure your child is getting the right amount of sleep their bodies need.

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Sleep Helps Adults, Too!

It is very easy to get wrapped up in social media or games while tucked under the covers, but it’s been proven that the later you focus on electronic devices, the more active your brain will be once you finally shut them down, meaning the later you will fall asleep. It also causes your sleep to be more fitful and restless. Adults and children alike should ensure they put down distractions such as iPads, video games, television shows, and cell phones to get to bed at a reasonable time to ensure the best night’s sleep for you and your children.