Reading to children at bedtime is part of the nightly routine in many households, but what if there were a book that could actually make children fall asleep?
The latest book to top the Amazon bestsellers chart may be one of these miracle books, promising to help induce sleep in children by using psychological relaxation techniques.
The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, created by Swedish behavioural psychologist and linguist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, is a tale about a rabbit called Roger who is very tired but finds it difficult to fall asleep.
The book uses positive reinforcement to encourage sleep, and instructs parents to emphasis certain words, speak slowly and yawn throughout the story. Children are instructed to just listen to the story rather than read along.
Forssen Ehrlin told a reporter for the Telegraph: “I had written books before about leadership and personal development using these techniques but I got the idea for a children’s book while I was driving on a long journey with my mother and she fell asleep and I got the idea of how I could use my methods to help children relax.
“When we stopped I wrote it all down on a napkin but it took another three and a half years to come up with the perfect story so that all the techniques were used in the correct order.
“It helps the child to focus and makes them a part of the story so that they fall asleep along with the rabbit. They meet characters like Uncle Yawn and the Heavy-Eyed Owl.”
While it is hard not to be sceptical about the author’s claims, the book has received many rave reviews online, as well as those who said it didn’t work for them.
One reader said: “I bought this for my 3 year old daughter last week as getting her to sleep was a nightly struggle!! She’s now falling asleep within minutes.”
Another commented: “Really impressed with this book, I have an 8 year old that struggles to switch off at night and this has really helped her to settle.”
Forssen Ehrlin is now planning a follow up which aims to help with potty training.
“I am amazed how successful it has been,” Forssen Ehrlin added. “My inbox is full of parents who say it has really helped their children to relax and fall asleep.”
The 26 page paperback is the first self-published book to have topped the Amazon charts and it has already been translated into seven languages since its publication last year.
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Source: Sarah Knapton/Telegraph