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The siesta: A pleasure and a necessity for children

The siesta: A pleasure and a necessity for children


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We all know that both food and sleep are essential for the correct development of the child. In addition to nighttime sleep, the nap, beyond calming the drowsiness caused by the digestion of food, allows our children to recharge their batteries and relax. In addition, the siesta also allows a little rest for the parents, at noon, after the busy tasks of the day to day.

Sometimes, with the incorporation of our children into fixed school hours or busy family schedules, access to this healthy habit becomes difficult, although both teachers and parents are sensitive to the need that our little schoolboys (from 3 to 5 years) have to enjoy a little evening sleep.

On other occasions, it is the children themselves who rebel and do not want to take a nap because they cannot fall asleep, or it is the parents who consider that the nap can interfere with nighttime sleep and, consequently, prolong waking hours of his son.

All parents know how fundamental it is that magical, almost sacred time of the night in which the children are already in bed and we take the opportunity to do everything we have pending or, simply, to recline on the sofa to talk, read or watch the TV.

Recently, some sleep experts presented a comprehensive study on napping and its results. In this presentation, it was concluded that children who have the habit of napping develop greater psychosocial performance.

The study reveals that children who did not nap after eating had far more symptoms of hyperactivity, anxiety and depression than those who did, even though the total number of hours of sleep in 24 hours was the same. This study confirms the advisability of our preschool children taking naps, continuing the habit that they started when they were babies naturally: taking a nap after eating or after intense activity.

Even if they sleep little or even do not get to sleep, the simple temporary interruption of the tasks of the day is already a beneficial rest for them. This short time that children spend relaxing, reflecting, imagining, being quiet, or looking at a story will be just as helpful.

So, whenever possible, we should encourage our children to practice our 'national sport', that is, a nap after eating. This little time of rest is important to improve children's performance during the day and certainly also a short break from the busy lives of parents.

Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site

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