“This study shows insufficient sleep in the form of missing a nap taxes the way toddlers express different feelings, and, over time, may shape their developing emotional brains and put them at risk for lifelong, mood-related problems,” explained study leader Monique LeBourgeois.This study made me laugh a little because my first thought was, doesn’t the child miss naps because of a mood disorder. It’s the whole “what comes first, the chicken or the egg?” I tend to think that if a child missed their naps, it was because they couldn’t sleep. There aren’t many moms that would purposely deprive their child of naps, I mean let’s be serious, in motherhood, the nap is the golden hour. But if your child has mood issues, this hour can be robbed by your child’s inability to sleep.
When I think back to when my son was a toddler, I have unpleasant memories of trying to get him to take a nap. The challenge went on for hours sometimes. I would try different techniques, different times of day, you name it, we tried it and still couldn’t get my son to nap.
But I don’t think his missed naps caused the mood disorder, instead I believe that the mood issues were already underway in his brain making napping difficult for him.
It wasn’t until I had a second child that I found out that toddlers really do nap and it isn’t always such a monumental task.
What about your child, did they have trouble napping as a toddler?
Missed Naps Could Put Toddlers at Risk for Mood Disorders:
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U.S. News Health
Consulted: January 8, 2012