Does sleep improve language learning in infants?

Mis à jour : 25 Jan 2018

Source: BOLD, Blog on Language Learning and Development

November 27, 2017

Today, little is known about the relationship between infants’ language experiences when they are awake and the length and frequency of periods of sleep. But recent research in adults suggests that the amount of sleep at an early age is directly related to infants’ language development.

Around the time of their first birthday, infants sleep an average of 14 hours per day, taking one or two daytime naps as well as sleeping at night. During their waking hours, they are exposed to large amounts of new information, which provides the foundation for cognitive and language development. Every day, infants hear a large number of words as they encounter new objects or events, and they learn to associate these words with their meanings as well as to vocalize them. Read more...>>>