The purpose of a bedtime story in the eyes of adults is to get children to fall asleep, or at least to ready them for sleep. Children may have a different view of things, but in one new children’s book the hero’s goal is to find sleep and the author says children find it by the end, too.
Using hypnotic language and psychological techniques, “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” makes children connect with rabbit in his quest. The 26-page book has illustrations, but the author Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin says the kids shouldn’t view them when trying to sleep. The Amazon ad boasts the book as “a quick and guaranteed way to help your child relax in the evening or during a nap.”
Psychological Techniques to Get Your Child to Sleep
Ehrlin received a bachelor of psychology and currently teaches body language skills at the University of Jönköping in Sweden. He is also the father of a 23-month-old boy. Though he doesn’t refer to any psychology research as the basis for his book, he does say it is based on “the basics of how we communicate.”
The book deploys several techniques such as intentional yawning and asks the reader to insert the child’s name in several places throughout. Bold type indicates phrases the reader needs to emphasize and italicized phrases need to be read calmly. All of which are supposed to spell “lights out” for the little one being read to.
Borrowing from hypnosis techniques, the author claims it is entirely safe. A warning label states “even if this book is harmless to use, the author and the publisher take no responsibility for the outcome.” People are also advised not to read the book near anyone driving a vehicle.
Helping Your Child get Quality Sleep
This book’s popularity is incredibly recent. It is the only self-published book to ever become an Amazon bestseller. Mothers and fathers around the world are putting it to the test. It has already been translated into seven languages and is receiving great reviews.
Aside from employing psychology-based bedtime stories to get your child to sleep, you can do many other things. Good sleep requires a few conditions.
Getting a quality mattress is one of the best places to start. It’s generally recommended that young children sleep on firmer beds, though as they get older different preferences may emerge. Growth spurts and weight changes can also impact how comfortable a mattress feels. If the bed is older, the child tosses or turns, or if they complain of aches at night or in the morning, it may be time for a new mattress.
Make sure your child’s bedroom gets nice and dark. Use a nightlight with little or no blue light, which can decrease sleep quality. If sounds of other people being awake keep them up, a sound conditioner or white noise could be soothing. Getting plenty of exercise during the day is a good way to ensure your child is tired enough to sleep. And, sticking to a consistent pre-bed routine and bedtime are seen as some of the most important habits to instill for better sleep in kids.
This sleepy bedtime story could be a great tool for getting children to sleep, but reading in general tends to do the trick. By reading a well-worn story or doing some other calming ritual regularly, your child’s body will learn to recognize this is bedtime and react accordingly.
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