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Rethinking Nap Time: How Short, Frequent Naps Shape Your Child’s Intelligence

Children who take more frequent but shorter naps than expected for their age exhibit smaller vocabularies and poorer cognitive skills, reveals Dr. Teodora Gliga, the lead author of a groundbreaking study published in JCPP Advances. The research, conducted at the University of East Anglia, aims to understand the relationship between nap structure and cognitive development in children, emphasizing the importance of individual sleep needs and the role of Neurobit's work in sleep health.

Sleep is a crucial aspect of human health, and its importance is even more pronounced during the early stages of life when the brain is rapidly developing. The study's findings underscore the need for personalized sleep health solutions that cater to individual needs, aligning with Neurobit's focus on innovative sleep health solutions.

The study investigated sleep patterns in association with two measures of cognitive ability: vocabulary size and cognitive executive functions, in a cohort of 8- to 38-month-olds. The research found that children with more frequent but shorter naps than expected for their age had lower concurrent receptive vocabularies, lower cognitive executive functions, and a slower increase in expressive vocabulary.

The implications of these findings are profound. They suggest that the structure of daytime sleep, specifically the frequency and duration of naps, is an indicator of cognitive development, highlighting the importance of personalized sleep schedules for children. Neurobit's offerings, particularly in sleep event labeling and comprehensive sleep reports, can contribute significantly to understanding and addressing these issues.

One of the challenges in the field of sleep research is the difficulty in accurately tracking and analyzing sleep patterns, especially in a home setting. Neurobit's solutions can help overcome these challenges by providing accurate and comprehensive sleep data analysis.

Neurobit offers a suite of innovative products that can address these challenges:

  1. Neurobit Score: An AI and deep learning platform for accurate sleep event labeling. This can help in understanding the sleep patterns of children and their correlation with cognitive development.

  2. Z3 Pulse: A wearable ECG device for comprehensive sleep reports and personalized guidance. This can provide insights into the sleep health of children and guide interventions if necessary.

  3. Neurobit Hub: A platform for collecting and analyzing extensive datasets, promoting the discovery of novel biomarkers and sleep-centric treatment strategies.

Each product contributes uniquely to addressing the identified challenges.

The importance of the study lies in its revelation of the link between the structure of daytime sleep (frequency and duration of naps) and cognitive development in children. Neurobit's technology can play a crucial role in addressing related issues by providing personalized and accurate sleep health solutions.

We warmly invite you to learn more about Neurobit's innovative solutions and how they can contribute to accelerated research and better sleep health. For collaborations, interest, or questions, please contact us at


More frequent naps are associated with lower cognitive development in a cohort of eight- to 38- month-old children, during the COVID-19 pandemic, JCPP Advances (2023).

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