I have been told that it’s a well-known fact that children need to take a nap for their health.
“The impact of night sleep on children’s development and health is increasingly documented, but to date there is not sufficient evidence to indicate the value of prolonging napping, whether at home or in childcare contexts, once sleep has consolidated into night,” write the researchers.
The idea that naps are good for two-year-olds is not supported by science. However there is some incomplete evidence that napping may negatively affect overall sleep quality.
Things my nana said are being proven by science again. If you take a nap now, you won’t sleep later.
The researchers used activity monitors to record a week’s worth of babies’ daytime naps, nighttime sleep and activity patterns. The results, published June 9, 2016, in Scientific Reports, showed a trade-off between naps and night sleep. Naps came at the expense of night sleep: The longer the nap, the shorter the night sleep, the researchers found. And naps that stretched late into the afternoon seemed to push back bedtime.
“Right now, there’s nothing to support teachers who feel that naps can really help young children, there’s no concrete science behind that,” the neuroscientist says.
There is no evidence that children need naps.