There's a new weapon in the war on bedtime that might finally give parents the definitive advantage over their kids. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a new children's book written using specific psychological techniques that help kids relax and quickly doze off.
Self-published by a Swedish behavioural psychologist and linguist named Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, the 26-page book instructs parents to frequently yawn, emphasise certain words, and read with a very calm and slow voice for anything in italics. The book also features characters like Uncle Yawn and the Heavy-Eyed Owl to help subliminally plant and reinforce the idea of drifting off to sleep.
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep does feature accompanying illustrations, but parents are encouraged to have their kids just listen to the story and the words if they want them to fall asleep as quickly as possible.
It took Carl-Johan about three-and-a-half years to turn his original idea for the book into a story that included all of the required psychological techniques in the correct order for them to work properly, while still being interesting enough to hold a child's attention. The book is already a best seller, and as a result Forssen Ehrlin is currently planning a follow-up that will hopefully make potty-training just as easy. [Amazon via Cool Hunting via The Telegraph]