What can make children happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems? Taking naps?

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Oh, those little school naps as a kid. Heads on the table, the soothing voice of my preschool teacher,… Ok, time to wake up, there is some research news on school naps: “Children who nap 30 to 60 minutes midday at least three times a week are happier, have more self-control and grit, and showcase fewer behavioral problems, according to new research. These children also have higher IQs and excel academically.” Wait this sounds too good to be true? Yeah, a bit. It’s another correlation rather than a causal relationship.

From the press release (italics by me):

A study of nearly 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders ages 10-12 revealed a connection between midday napping and greater happiness, self-control, and grit; fewer behavioral problems; and higher IQ, the latter particularly for the sixth graders. The most robust findings were associated with academic achievement, says Penn neurocriminologist Adrian Raine, a co-author…

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