Growth and Development

Science Daily: Nighttime sleep found beneficial to infant’s skills (2010)

“Young children who get most of their sleep at night perform better in executive functioning than children who don’t sleep as much at night, a new study finds. The study of 60 Canadian children aged 1, 1 ½, and 2, examined the children’s sleep habits and executive functioning skills, including impulse control and mental flexibility. The researchers found that children who sleep mostly at night did better on executive function tasks, especially those involving impulse control. At ages 1 and 1 ½, children who get most of their sleep at night (as opposed to during the day) do better in a variety of skill areas than children who don’t sleep as much at night.”

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