Study: Naptime plays big role in infant learning

February 24, 2010 2:09:05 PM PST
There is good reason to make sure your baby gets a good nap.

A new study finds naptime plays an important role in infant learning. It helps children's developing brains retain information.

Researchers found infants who have daytime naps are more likely to exhibit an advanced level of learning called abstraction. That's the ability to detect a general pattern contained in new information.

Scientists reporting in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting says, while mental stimulation is important, it's also crucial to include adequate sleep.