I get asked a lot “How important is it if my child misses a nap?”. Many parents just “don’t do naps” when it gets hard and they just do not realize the importance and necessity of naps. If this sounds like you, this post is for YOU.

Naps are not just important for their restorative value, although that is their most obvious benefit. Here are some of the other advantages to napping: screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-8-41-47-pm

• Adequate sleep is important in brain development. Some research has shown that daytime napping may help move new information into a more permanent place in a child’s memory.

• Napping can affect nighttime sleep. A child who needs a nap but does not get one can become overtired and have trouble falling asleep at night.

• Studies have shown that children who nap have longer attention spans and are less fussy than those who do not nap.

• A child’s biology dictates that a nap is necessary after midday, when energy levels tend to drop. (Adults feel the same way, but sleep is not usually an option for them.)

• Sleep releases stress-fighting hormones.

• Napping can help a child catch up on sleep if their previous night’s sleep was disrupted.

Naps are not only beneficial for your children, If you can nap, NAP! Studies have shown that napping improve cognitive function, improve memory and creativity. Napping is still a normal thing to do in China, India and Spain. Many Chinese workers lay there head down on their desks for an hour after lunch. As a sleep expert I have found that daytime naps can improve many things: increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, stamina, motor skills, and accuracy, enhance your sex life, aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attack, brighten your mood and boost memory. If you can find just 10-20 whole minutes to sleep you are going to be benefiting your body. Naps can be tricky though, you don’t want to sleep more than 20 minutes or you’ll enter the sleep inertia phase. Basically you’re going to wake up groggy and cranky. If you want a long nap then get through a full sleep cycle and nap for 90 minutes to wake up feeling well rested.

If you are struggling with your Lil’Beans nap contact Nicole at nicole@bellytobean.com.