This Bedtime Book Can Make Your Kids Fall Asleep

Posted: Oct 12 2015, 8:39am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 12 2015, 4:52pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


This Book Can Make Your Kids Fall Asleep
Courtesy of Penguin Random House

The story's language pattern and sentence structure is based on psychological techniques which will help children focus on relaxation. The book cover reads 'I can make anyone fall asleep'

Getting your children into bed and putting them to sleep is a universal problem faced by parents.

But, a new storybook claims that it can end all sleep-time battles and can make kids and even adults fall asleep in no time. The book is titled “The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep” and is written by Swedish motivational speaker and behavioral scientist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin. 

The book tells the story of a rabbit called Roger or Rooo-geeer (pronunciation as suggested by the author), who has not been able to shut his eyes. The rabbit meets many characters in the story like Sleepy Snail and wise Heavy-Eyed Owl, who give him advice on how to fall asleep faster.

The key here is the story’s language and the structure of sentences. According to Ehrlin's website, “The book is written with a specific language pattern based on psychological techniques that will help your child to relax and fall asleep.”

The first page of the book contains comprehensive instructions on how this book should be read. 

For instance, Roger could play in the park all day long until he fell asleep on the swings.” (read in calm, slow voice) Now. It allows him to swing back and forward, back and forward, slowly and relaxing.”

Parents are instructed to read italicized words in slow, calm voice and emphasize the bold words. Those places are also mentioned where a yawn is to be inserted and the name of the child whom you are telling the story is required to be called out. The book has illustrations in it but it is recommended that the child should not look at the pictures while lying down to sleep. A warning says to not read it aloud near someone who is driving.

Ehrlin claims that the book doesn’t work 100% for all the children but relaxation and psychological techniques can help lure kids to sleep. 

“Try your best and read it a few times so the kids feel comfortable with the book, and the parents too.”

The book was originally self-published in Swedish in 2001 but after its massive success, Penguin Random House acquired its rights. The book has been adapted into 40 languages and a new print edition was published on October 2.

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