Book aims to help chil­dren sleep bet­ter

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NIGHT­MARES, dis­turbed sleep and dis­rup­tive bed­times could be a thing of the past thanks to a Widnes au­thor.

Pri­mary school teacher and au­thor, Gemma May Evans has used over a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with chil­dren and young peo­ple to cre­ate In your dreams which was launched on Ama­zon last month.

Gemma, from Widnes, has worked to cre­ate a rhyming story us­ing pos­i­tive and imag­i­na­tive word­ing along­side spe­cially com­mis­sioned il­lus­tra­tions from pop­u­lar artist, Rachel Baines.

Now a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs teacher in St He­lens, Gemma once worked in chil­dren’s homes and saw first-hand, the im­pact of how good bed­time rou­tines and pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive thoughts can set­tle chil­dren’s minds and im­prove sleep.

She has also seen how poor sleep can af­fect chil­dren’s per­for­mance and at­ten­tion at school and wanted to set about chang­ing that for good.

Mum-of-one Gemma said: “Sleep is so im­por­tant for chil­dren, but also for par­ents; no one wants their child dis­tressed at night. Set­ting the right cog­ni­tive thoughts and pos­i­tive emo­tions, just be­fore your lit­tle ones close their eyes is so im­por­tant and that’s ex­actly why In Your dreams was brought to life. ● Au­thor Gemma May Evans with her new book. (Pic: Chris No­ble Pho­tog­ra­phy)

“The rep­e­ti­tion of read­ing it as part of a ‘bath, book and bed’ every night is great for set­ting that all im­por­tant rou­tine and giv­ing chil­dren and par­ents a good nights sleep.

“The com­bi­na­tion of words, im­agery and colours re­ally help to bring the story to life and set the right tone.”

Since its launch on Ama­zon it has risen to the top 200 nurs­ery rhyme books and is win­ning ap­plause from par­ents, teacher and car­ers alike.

Chil­dren are also en­cour­aged to use the draw­ing pages in­cluded at the back of the book to il­lus­trate their own dreams too.

Gemma added: “Par­ents tell me they love the thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tion at the end and en­joy shar­ing a spe­cial con­ver­sa­tion with their chil­dren just be­fore sleep.

“I re­ally want this book makes a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives and that even­tu­ally, the word will spread far enough that night­mares for chil­dren across the coun­try (and the world) will be a thing of the past.”

In your dreams can be foundo on Ama­zon or at Avon­dale Store, on Sun­ning­dale Av­enue, Widnes or Olivia & Smith, on Faulkner Street, Hoole.

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