The Effects of Music on Children’s Sleep Patterns at Naptime in an Infant/Toddler Classroom

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




This mixed method study investigates the effects of type and timing of music on children’s sleep latency and duration at naptime in an infant/toddler classroom. Sleep is critical in the early years of life to ensure healthy growth and development and music has been known to promote relaxation and the preconditions for sleep. Data was collected in one infant/toddler classroom at an Early Head Start site in the Northeast. The type and timing of music exposure prior to naptime were varied for six weeks. Children’s length of time it took to fall asleep, how long they slept for, and notes about other factors that may have influenced sleep patterns were recorded. Results showed that type and timing of music did not have a significant effect on children’s sleep latency or duration. The findings provide evidence that there are numerous factors influencing sleep at naptime and that any soothing music can be beneficial.


Affiliation: Educare Central Maine