Raise your hand if you want your offspring to grow up to be grumpy! No? None of you? Thought not. This is a sentiment that no parent of sound mind would strive for, and for the sake of argument I’m assuming you are in that group. A new study says that there is one big thing you can do to keep your child from growing up to be surly and sour…make sure they nap.
The study – according to the Telegraph – was done at the University of Colorado Boulder where they measured the sleep patterns of toddlers. And they found some disturbing evidence in regards to those little ones who didn’t get enough rest warning that it “taxes the way toddlers express different feelings,” adding that it can to “lifelong, mood-related problems.”
The results were published in the Journal of Sleep Research and stated that, “Many young children today are not getting enough sleep, and for toddlers, daytime naps are one way of making sure their ‘sleep tanks’ are set to full each day.”
The continued saying that, “this study shows insufficient sleep in the form of missing a nap taxes the way toddlers express different feelings, and, over time, may shape their developing emotional brains and put them at risk for lifelong, mood-related problems.”
They stress that sleep should be held in high regard along side other things we do to maintain healthy kids. “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.”
A sleepy child, as many a parent can attest, demonstrates that, “their coping skills decrease and they may be more prone to tantrums or frustration, which would affect how other children and adults interact with them.” Adding that, “This study shows that missing even a single nap causes them to be less positive, more negative and have decreased cognitive engagement.”
Do you notice a big difference if your child misses a nap?