I was intrigued by the offer of a
book to review that is pitched as a new way of getting children to sleep. As you can imagine with my blog being called
Missing Sleep lack of sleep has been a challenging issue for us over the years,
so I was especially eager to try anything that promised to get the children off
to the nod of land quicker and give us some much needed peace and quiet!
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on Oct 15, 2015 at 11:35am PDT
I made a mistake though youngest overheard me telling
hubbie it was a magical book that can help children go to sleep, so when I read
it to him later he said quite resolutely “no book will ever control me…” he is
quite a determined little character at six, so despite yawning more than normal
he made a point of staying awake throughout the book. “I can make anyone fall asleep” a sign in the book says – well
youngest likes a challenge so for him he will do the exact opposite just to
prove a point! I on the other hand was
only JUST managing to keep my eyes open and continue reading; all that yawning
on cue when required by the book was certainly making me more sleepy than
usual. I can see why the book has been
so successful helping adults sleep.
Despite not managing to fall
asleep during the book, my youngest did go to sleep quicker than usual, once
the lights were turned out and the book put away he was fast to settle down to
sleep. So I do think we had a certain
degree of success, we probably would have been more triumphant if I had just
kept the concept of the book to myself, but you live and learn!
Personally I do love the idea
behind the book and think it is very cleverly executed, but it is a completely
different type of bedtime story so takes some getting used to. It’s very repetitive with lots of signals to
go to sleep, it’s almost like your trying to hypnotise your child to
sleep. The pictures are quite bland
probably so as not to over stimulate the child and the passages of text are very
Getting through the book took
quite a while, especially with me following the suggested techniques so plenty
of yawns including two every time I said the main characters name. But it was very effective, my fake yawns
soon turned into real yawns.
I think The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a wonderful inexpensive gift
(only £3.99 on Amazon at the moment, usually £7.99), it might work for all the
sleep deprived parents out there, its certainly worth a try, it won’t break the
bank and you might just find it works for you.