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Why do children need naps more than adults and elderly or misconception ?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Growing Brains: Children need more sleep than adults. Their bodies and brains are growing. Sleep is essential to growth. This is a key time that specific hormones are created that play into growth and development.
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Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Brains: are developing and using a lot of energy to do so. The processes involved in development of the central nervous system, for example, require a good deal of energy . Sleep helps the child to organize the experiences of the day into meaningful changes in the brain structure. In contrast to popular belief, this type of process can also occur in adults and the elderly and we would all benefit from a daily nap.
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