Could This Be The Answer to Your Bedtime Challenges?

posted: 08/20/15
by: Courtney Reimer
baby asleep on dad's chest

Sleep consultants who charge upwards of $250 a session may have some serious competition. A new book called "The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep" is all the rage among bedtime-frustrated parents around the world. It's currently the #1 top-selling book on Amazon across all categories, has been translated into seven languages, and if you haven't yet had a parent in your Facebook stream extolling its virtues, we guarantee you will soon.

The book's premise is relatively simple, if a bit questionable at first. Through the repetition of words and phrases, through which parents are instructed to yawn frequently, read calmly, quietly and slowly, the child is lulled to sleep. The book is self-published by Swedish behavioral psychologist and linguist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin and employs storytelling techniques he told The Telegraph he perfected over three years. The techniques include getting the child to relax, focus and then head into sleepytown.

For better or worse, the method seems to have proven effective on children and parents alike. Many of the commenters on Amazon and Facebook have said they've had both child and parent fall asleep just a few pages into the story, which involves characters like Heavy-Eyed Owl and Uncle Yawn. We're getting sleepy just thinking about it, so pardon us while we sneak away for a quick nap.