"I Don't Wanna Nap!"

The Upside of Downtime

Don't underestimate the importance of sleep: Research shows that children who don't log enough zzz's in a 24-hour period often struggle in these areas.

Learning. Sleep helps kids convert recent experiences into long-term memories. Tired kids may also have decreased verbal skills, attention troubles, and poor abstract reasoning.

Mood. You've probably seen the evidence for yourself: Poor sleep often leads to irritability, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, and impulsive behavior.

Health. Researchers suspect that inadequate sleep is linked to everything from decreased immunity to an increase in accidental injuries.

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