Timing Of Sleep And Its Effect On Infant Motor Problem Solving

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Timing of Sleep and its Effect on Infant Motor Problem Solving
Sleep is extremely beneficial and plays an important role in every person’s health. Mostly, sleep is a crucial component in an infant’s first year of life, however there is very little research done on sleep and its effect on learning in motor development in infants. Motor development is defined as the ability to move and to develop those movements over time. Even though studies that address how sleep impacts infant’s new motor skills are very few, sleep does play a role in multiple factors during an infant’s development. Blumberg (2015) states that movements during sleep are affecting our motor development. Since infants spend most of their time asleep than awake, it is important to study the effects of sleep on development and to learn more about how infant develop their motor problem-solving skills. However, we cannot assume that infants learn new motor skills the same way adults do because infants are rapidly changing on day to day basis.
El‐Sheikh and Sadeh (2015) believe that sleep is connected to child development in multiple ways, such as brain maturation, learning, memory, academic achievement and physical growth including puberty. Sleep has characteristics that can be divided into parts: duration, quality, brain activity patterns and sleep schedule which impacts infants’ sleep development. For example, the sleep–wake system that each person develops, changes during the first few months of life. The…

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