PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's a bedtime story that says it's designed to lull your kids right to sleep. The book uses psychological techniques including the power of suggestion.
It's called 'The Rabbit who wants to fall asleep' and FOX 10 took it to a valley family to see if the book really works for kids.
A 3-years-old Jameson has become pretty good at negotiating his bedtime.
"What time is it?" asked Jameson.
"2:37. He likes to ask what time it is, and for some reason he likes to think he doesn't need to go to bed until 9 or 10 o'clock," said Cindy Bauer.
On the other hand, 2-year-old Isabella prefers to avoid sleep.
"Mommy I'm not tired, Mommy I'm not tired, I don't want to go to sleep. I don't want to go to bed. I want to play, I'm not tired," as Bonnie Baker describes her daughter Isabella.
Bonnie Baker's says Isabella's sister Madelyn is however, happy to be tucked in.
"She's usually pretty tired, she goes to school between 5-6 p.m., so she's just exhausted by the time she comes home, sometimes at dinner time she says 'Mom I'm tired' and she's ready for bedtime," said Bakers.
Three children, all with different personalities and different routines at bedtime.
What if turning the lights out was simple? What if the power of suggestion can lull any kid right to sleep?
The book's author says his book uses sophisticated psychological techniques to help the child relax, fall asleep faster, and sleep calmer every night.
"This uses the power of suggestion, and it's kind of like hypnotising the child to fall asleep," said Dr. Rupali Drewek.
Dr. Drewek is the Director of the Sleep Disorders Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital. The clinic runs five nights a week and conducts about 20 sleep studies during that span of time.
After reading over the sleep book, Dr. Drewer thought the concept was really interesting.
"Hypnosis, in general, is suggesting anything, in terms of treating a chronic medical problem, or helping a child fall asleep it is controversial. I think the psychiatric world hypnosis is not used commonly, and the percentage of children in which this may work is hard to say, but I think it's definitely gotten the attention of a lot of mothers," said Dr. Drewek.
"The book was mentioned by another mom as very helpful for having her children fall asleep, and from there a slew of hundreds of comments poured out," said Bauer.
Bauer first heard about the book on a physicians Facebook page, then received it as a gift from her sister and read it to Jameson immediately.
"He knew it was a new book. I have to say he didn't mind it. He did pay attention, but I was slightly bored," said Bauer.
We asked Baker to try the book on her girls.
"I read it for the first time with them so it was an experience for both of us together," said Baker.
So does the power of suggestions really work, does it make kids feel sleepy?
"He's never fallen asleep to a book, and he did not fall asleep to this book, but he did wind down potentially out of boredom from the book," said Bauer.
"She kept going ohhhh, and she was getting Bonnie so tired, and she was trying to fight it, and she was doing that over and over again," said Baker.
5-year-old Madelyn was in dream land in no time.
"It was hypnosis, and yeah it was totally working," said Baker.
2-year-old was more easily distracted than both Baker and Bauer, who regularly read to their kids at bedtime. Age matters according to the sleep book, older kids seem to understand more and, therefore, the book is more effective, but everyone agrees the concept is clever and helpful.
"Moms are willing to try just about anything," said Dr. Drewek.
The publisher says thousands of copies have been published, and the book is growing in popularity daily.