Don’t be too quick to stop naps: Ngala

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

LO­CAL child health re­searchers have warned par­ents against fol­low­ing ad­vice from re­ports that sug­gested day­time naps were not needed.

While a re­cent US study found a day­time nap for tod­dlers older than two years was not nec­es­sary, Ngala child health re­searchers have warned against ig­nor­ing your child’s cues.

The study said the day­time naps might cause poorer sleep qual­ity, and a Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy pro­fes­sor agreed the day sleep could af­fect the qual­ity of slum­ber at night.

But Ngala re­search and de­vel­op­ment unit prac­tice con­sul­tant ed­u­ca­tor Kim John­son said there were al­ways in­di­vid­ual fac­tors to con­sider such as how many hours, and how many times chil­dren needed to sleep over a 24-hour pe­riod.

“Sleep re­searchers be­lieve there is no one magic num­ber for ‘sleep need’ and there are a lot of in­di­vid­ual dif­fer­ences in what chil­dren need to sleep to be at their best,” Ms John­son said.

“You need to be aware of the signs of fa­tigue in this tod­dler age group dur­ing the day, such as hy­per­ac­tiv­ity, clum­si­ness, act­ing out and ir­ri­tabil­ity.

“Most tod­dlers need down-time dur­ing the day.”

Looks like some­one needs a nap.

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