Do you have a little one who won’t sleep at bedtime? Carl-Johan Forrsen Ehrlin has discovered the secret that parents have been searching for since the dawn of time: how to get their children to go to sleep and stay asleep in a timely fashion—that doesn’t end in tears and smashing things.
His self-published book, “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” has climbed to the top of the charts on Amazon. Ehrlin, a Swedish psychologist, found that he encountered the same question over and over: why won’t kids sleep? Using specifically developed techniques, Ehrlin wrote, illustrated, and came up with instructions on how to read the book for maximum results.
The story is simple. Roger the Rabbit is having trouble sleeping so he visits his owl friend, Dr. Yawn, to get some grade-A sleeping advice. Sounds normal, right? Yes and no. See, “The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” was structured around the use of certain psychological techniques that haven’t exactly been verified by anyone other than Ehrlin himself.
Here’s the recommended approach: read the words slowly and calmly, integrate your child’s name into the story, and simulate actual yawns while reading. If all goes well, your kid will likely be asleep before you finish the twenty-six-page tale.
Ehrlin has spent years studying different ways to help children relax and found that his secret formula worked when he used it on his mother on a long road trip. It’s the first self-published book to hit number one and number five respectively on the Amazon U.S. and U.K. charts.
However, fame doesn’t come without criticism even if it’s a book about an insomniac rabbit. It seems some parents are disturbed by the illustrations and thought they were too scary for kids. Evidently, these are parents who never read “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.” Another concern was that the book is essentially hypnotizing your child to fall asleep, and some parents found that to be a big no-no.
But the fact is, an overwhelming amount of positive reviews have been formulated around this book. Children are going to sleep, getting the rest they need, and making their parents’ lives a lot easier at bedtime. Ehrlin seems to genuinely want to help in-need parents everywhere; you can buy a hard copy or download a digital version, but you can also visit his website and download a free audio version.
Personally, we don’t find the illustrations to be all that terrifying, and kids are hypnotized by glowing screens all day long anyway, so maybe that’s not such a big problem either. We do wonder how effective a book like this would be on adults who suffer from insomnia—does it work if you read it to yourself?