Friday, September 2, 2016

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead: a psychological visualization to help children fall asleep

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead by Dr. Daniel G. Amen and illustrated by Gail Yerrill is a children’s book designed to help children fall asleep. In the preface, the book was designed as a “sophisticated psychological visualization” and a warning is given that the book is not to be read while in the car as it may have a drowsy effect of the driver. The story is a Mama Bear getting Little Bear ready for bed. She has him imagine a great, fund day at the beach with all his friends. When they get home, they have a nice soothing bath and a warm dinner. Little Bear cuddles up in bed and begins to drift off the dream.


Time for Bed, Sleepyhead is a wonderful story to help children relax in order to fall asleep. The story also has directions for the parents to yawn in order to elicit a yawn from the child. The pictures are beautifully illustrated with soft, muted colors. I read the book with my four year old daughter. She eagerly listened to the story and while the she didn’t fall asleep by the end, I can see that with time and multiple readings, she would. I recommend Time for Bed, Sleepyhead for any family’s bedtime routine.

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead
will be available
on September 6, 2016
in hardcover and Kindle/ebook

at major booksellers