Psychological Bedtime Book Puts Kids to Sleep Nationwide
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, a self-published bedtime story for children, has yawned its way to the top of Amazon’s bestsellers list and into parents’ hearts, reports CBS News.
The book, written by Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, uses psychological tactics and positive reinforcement to induce sleep and relaxation in children. The cover boldly claims “I can make anyone fall asleep,” and thus far that guarantee seems to hold up, as sales figures have swept past even the likes of Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss.
The storyline stars Roger the Rabbit and his mother as they embark on a journey to find sleep. Ehrlin claims the key to success involves the story’s language pattern and sentence structure. “The entire story is focused on getting the child involved and to get the child to identify with Roger who will fall asleep in the end,” he stated. “The main goal is to keep the child focused on the goal of relaxation. One could say that this story is the verbal equivalent of rocking the baby to sleep.”
Over the course of the story, parents are able to personalize the adventure with their own child’s name, and are given instructions that increase the book’s effectiveness, such as yawning at certain times during the narrative.
Reviews for the children’s book have been mostly positive, with tons of pleased parents weighing in on how well the techniques have worked. The Director of Sleep Laboratories at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Umakanth Khatwa, has described the story as “gentle hypnosis.”
Ehrlin, meanwhile, is ecstatic about his success, and may have plans for future books that employ the same methods for other daunting tasks of parenthood, like potty training.
Anything to help with the insurmountable task of getting kiddos to sleep sounds like a win to me! What do you think?
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