The "hypnotic" book that will help you get your child to sleep.

Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin has penned a sequel to his hit children’s book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep which became world-famous for helping children to get to sleep.

Ehrlin has put his sleep-science magic in a new tale, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep.

“This book have been called hypnotic by some parents,” says the author.

“The way I see it, it is more like meditation for kids, that I help them to direct their focus on relaxation,” he adds.

Ehrlin has four pages of instructions at the back of the book for readers, which include tips on how to prepare for children for bedtime and what words to emphasise in the story.

The story, which follows an Elephant named Ellen on her journey to sleep, opens with a warning that the story “may cause drowsiness”.

“I help the child focus on relaxation and going to sleep by using words that are related to going to sleep and techniques that helps the child to have a good night’s sleep,” says Ehrlin.

“I also suggest a goal for them, which is falling asleep and then do my best to help the child achieve that,” he adds.


An image from The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep. Image supplied.

His first book, with the same techniques, sold over 1.5 million copies globally.

"I have received letters from parents saying it used to take several hours to get their children to go to sleep every evening; then they tried some of my bedtime stories and the child learned how to relax and fell asleep in a few minutes instead, amazing," he says.

The author, who has a background in psychology, communication and education, says scientists are now studying his work.

"As a father I know how frustrating it can be when it for some reason is hard for the child to relax and fall asleep. I hope I can help the parents and children with a tool to be able to relax, fall asleep and have sweet dreams."

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