Mandatory naps may decrease young children’s nighttime sleep

April 22, 2015 4:47 PM

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(Reuters Health) - For children four to seven years old, a required daily nap of more than an hour at school or daycare may lastingly reduce sleep time at night, according to a new study in Australia.

Kids in childcare settings with mandatory nap times of 60 minutes or more slept less at night than other children, and their sleep time remained reduced even after they graduated to classes without nap time.

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