Every parent wants a quick and painless bedtime: No tantrums, no screaming and no nonsense. To help parents get their children to fall asleep faster, Swedish behavioral psychologist and linguist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin has written this storybook and, surprisingly, many parents are saying it actually works!
Ehrlin's self-published book, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, is actually beating Dr. Seuss’ What Pet Should I Get and Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman on Amazon US and UK bestseller list.
It's 26 pages-long and is about a rabbit named Roger who’s having trouble falling asleep. Here to help him is his mother and other characters like Uncle Yawn and Sleepy Snail whom he meets as the story progresses.
So, what makes it so effective that parents are clamoring for it? It’s the sentence structure for one. The sentence structure is a bit odd but that’s what makes it effective. The book is written with a specific language pattern based on psychological techniques that help children relax and fall asleep, according to Ehrlin.
It’s also in the way the parents are supposed to read the story. The book comes with simple instructions for parents to emphasize certain words, slow down in some parts and even yawn on cue. Children are supposed to simply listen while their parents read.
“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,” he told CBS News.
Ehrlin spent 3 years writing his book, according to Fatherly. It has now been translated to 7 languages and, in addition to paperback, is also available as an audiobook. It sells on Amazon for $12 (or 540php).
Though it’s had a lot of positive reviews online, it’s also had a handful of negative ones. Most one-star reviews on Amazon comment that the story drags, that the photos are too few, and that it’s too repetitive. There’s even the occasional “the text and illustrations are creepy.” But mostly, parents are just pleased how fast their children fell asleep to this hypnotizing storybook.
Unfortunately, the book isn’t available in Philippine bookstores yet. Ehrlin’s website does say, however, that they’re currently working on getting it in stores around the world. Keep your fingers crossed!
Sources: Aug. 19, 2015. "There's A Book By A Behavioral Psychologist Designed To Make Kids Fall Asleep — And It Works". fatherly.com Aug. 21, 2015. "Bedtime story uses psychological tricks to get kids to sleep faster". cbsnews.com