…for infants, not adults. *sigh*

A new study has found that frequent daytime naps for infants are positively associated with language development.

It found that more frequent daytime napping was positively associated with the rate of both predicted receptive and expressive vocabulary development.

Interestingly, those who slept LESS during the night (i.e. total hours sleep) exhibited a larger rate of predicted expressive vocabulary growth.

Recent studies have have shown that a daytime nap helps to consolidate new word forms. The current study is suggesting that the quantity of naps in the day is more important than the length of the nap. More frequent naps are needed to efficiently consolidate new information.

Find the full article over at the Wiley Online Library entitled ‘Frequent daytime naps predict vocabulary growth in early childhood’. Sept 2016