When my mom told me about some new book she had read about that was “guaranteed” to put your child to sleep before you finished reading it, I won’t lie I was sceptical.
I regularly spend anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour and a half putting my eldest son to bed. Sometimes it’s merely a matter of singing him a song and other times he just struggles to fall asleep. He’s not being naughty, sleep just eludes him. Sure, you can tell me that at 4 years old I should just be able to put him to bed and walk out, but the reality is that this just doesn’t happen.
So I investigated The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep. It’s written by a psychologist – Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin – and is apparently designed specifically to put your child to sleep before they finish the end of the book, which sounds like it’s one those great ideas that doesn’t really work out so well in practice. After Googling it I also discovered that sure, you can buy the paperback for around R340 however you can actually download the free ebook directly from the author’s website. This is great if you’re wanting to try before you buy or if you’re like me and have a lot of ebooks on your phone and tablet.
I won’t lie, if this was a book I picked up in a book store and didn’t know anything about it, I would think this was the most boring book on the planet. That said, amazingly my son was asleep 13 pages into the 22 page book. That’s about 7 minutes. For real.
I’m curious as to whether this was a fluke or if this is something sustainable however after the initial results I’m certainly willing to give it another try.
In essence you emphasise certain words and phrases as you read, subconsciously telling your child that they’re tired and want to go to sleep. The story isn’t very engaging (at least for the adult reading it) and so has a soporific effect but it follows the tale of Roger the Rabbit who can’t fall asleep and so, at the suggestion of his mother, goes to visit Uncle Yawn in an effort to see if he can help him to sleep.
I’ll be honest I stopped reading as soon as my son fell asleep but I might go and see how the end of it plays out. Or I might just go to sleep myself.
You can download the book for free here. If you have a child that you spend hours putting to sleep every night, it’s definitely worth a shot.