Sleep is a huge part of life for everyone, but especially for children. Much of our mental and physical development takes place during childhood, and proper amounts of sleep allow the brain the resting time it needs to maintain this development.
Because there are only so many hours in a day, naps are sometimes a necessary activity for kids of various ages. They’re part of the daily schedule at Smart Kids Development Center, and should be a mainstay at all child care, day care and after school programs.
What are some of the facts and benefits associated with naps? Here’s a quick look.
There are a few specific, observable benefits of regularly giving your children naps. A few of the main ones:
Every child is different, as are their sleep patterns, but there are some general guidelines for how much sleep kids within given age groups should be getting in a 24-hour period. If your child is coming in well below these numbers, regular naps might be recommended.
You can do your best to track your child’s sleep, but it’s tough to always know for sure exactly how long they’re asleep or awake at night. In these cases, you can use a few common signs of sleep deprivation:
At Smart Kids Development Center, our professional staff is trained to recognize signs of tiredness and react appropriately. We’re well aware of how vital sleep can be for your children, and we’ll work with you to ensure they’re getting healthy enough amounts.
To learn more about this and all our other child care services, contact us today.