Study: Naps Plus Overnight Sleep Benefit Early Childhood Memory

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Good news if your kid likes to nap, as long as they're also getting a good night of sleep.

A sleep study by neuroscientists at UMass Amherst discovered that naps and overnight sleep may work in tandem to benefit early childhood memory and emotional processing. The study's lead author, Dr. Laura Kurdziel, spoke to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 about the findings.

"The big take-home message from this that was really exciting is that naps are really important for emotional memory processing--but only when in conjunction with overnight sleep," she said. "So the nap alone isn't enough, and the overnight sleep isn't enough--you really need a good quality nap and a good quality overnight sleep to really support emotional processing."

Click here to read the study

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Mike Macklin reports

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