Naps have many benefits for kids

June 8, 2009 A new study finds, for children ages 4 to 5, taking a nap during the day may help reduce hyperactivity, anxiety and depression.

In the study by Pennsylvania State University, researchers found that those who didn't take daytime naps were at higher risk for those problems.

Researchers say there is a lot of individual variability in when children are ready to give up naps. They encourage parents to include a quiet rest time in their daily schedule that would allow children to nap if necessary.

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