Daytime naps can lead to poorer sleep quality in young children.
The study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, found that toddlers over the age of two who napped during the day often suffered poorer sleep quality later on.
Professor Karen Thorpe from Queensland University of Technology agreed that children over the age of two could be sleeping too much if they have a nap in the middle of the day.
“Parents should not assume that day sleep and night sleep are the same,” she said. “And therefore by giving them a nap, they’re getting more sleep, because that doesn’t happen.
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“Once they no longer biologically need sleep during the day all you’re doing by making them nap is subtracting from night sleep because you disrupt it.”
According to guidelines released by the National Sleep Foundation, toddlers need at least 10 to 13 hours of sleep each day.
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