Midday naps can lead to good grades, study reveals

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Growing up in a Filipino household, you probably experienced sneaking out of the house to avoid the ‘imposed’ midday nap by our elders.

It’s the day’s most dreaded “activity” for many children; mainly because it was never easy to get away from it. Ever.

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You may be able to avoid it once but your quick parents or guardians are always a step ahead to prevent you from skipping it.

We hated it back then because it prevented us from play outside and maybe because we never believed that it was actually good for us. Our parents would always feed us with the belief that it will make us grow faster.

Now, its benefits were finally revealed and it is supported by a research.

A new research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, which was published in the online journal of SLEEP, showed that midday napping can result to “greater happiness, self-control, grit, fewer behavioral problems, and higher IQ.”

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A report emphasized that the “strongest findings were associated with academic achievement.”

“Children who napped three or more times per week benefit from a 7.6% increase in academic performance in Grade 6,” said Penn neurocriminologist Adrian Raine; a co-author on the paper.

The researchers involved nearly 3,000 students ages 10 to 12 in China, where napping is a part of their daily life.

According to a report, the researchers collected the data on each child’s napping frequency and duration once they hit grades 4 through 6, as well as their psychological and physical measures.

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The researchers also got the cooperation of the children’s teachers to provide information on the academic and behavioral standing of each student.

The researchers hope that through their study, “it can inform future interventional work that targets adolescent sleepiness.”