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Submission + - Naps Nurture Growing Brains (

sciencehabit writes: Few features of child-rearing occupy as much parental brain space as sleep, and with it the timeless question: Is my child getting enough? Despite the craving among many parents for more sleep in their offspring (and, by extension, themselves), the purpose that sleep serves in young kids remains something of a mystery—especially when it comes to daytime naps. Do they help children retain information, as overnight sleep has been found to do in adults? A new study provides the first evidence that daytime sleep is in fact critical for effective learning in young children.

Comment Re:unilkely (Score 1) 560

I still travel without that. I just bring a couple of books, and try to sleep through most of the flight. Most people do, really... walk up the aisle sometime when you're traveling (if you can tear yourself away from your laptop long enough) and look at all the people in the plane. When I flew earlier this year, I'd say less than 10% had laptops or DVD players with them. Quite a few had iPods, but I doubt being unable to bring them would be a deal-breaker on travel for most people.

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