Childhood classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis has been hailed as the children’s book the nation's grown-ups most want to read again.
The classic fantasy novel, which was first published in 1950, beat tough competition from another widely-held children’s favourite – Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.
Hope Bastine, psychologist for sleep technology brand, Simba , who commissioned the study, said: “Children’s classics like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe play a fantastic role in transporting us back to a magical part of our youth and could play more of a role in helping us to sleep than many of us realise. “Our research shows that 10.7 million of us in the UK believe tuning into nostalgic memories helps us to unwind. “Revisiting favourite books from our childhood not only reminds us of an early brain-encoded bedtime habit, they also help to ignite our imagination. With one in seven of us believing that tapping into our imagination before bed helps us to sleep, perhaps insomnia's aid may not be found at the bottom of a bottle, but rather between the pages of a storybook.” Simba commissioned the study in support of their Snore & Roar event in Central London with actor, Bill Nighy - the first in a series of bedtime story sleepovers designed to fuel our imaginations and help us sleep better.
The evening hosted at Gladstone Library celebrated the launch of the new Simba Motion Base, saw Nighy read an extract of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis to 32 lucky adults.
Whilst resident sleep psychologist for, Simba, Hope Bastine, discussed why it’s time for adults to reclaim the bedtime story to relieve stress and restore calm. The study also revealed there are certain types of fiction which are more effective at relaxing Brits than others, and nearly one in five would reach for a fantasy if they needed to nod off.
Three in five have wanted to revisit or re-read a book that they enjoyed from their childhood, and one in ten believe that children’s books settle their mind best before bed. “The evocative journey literature takes us on serves many purposes for adults and children alike. “Embedding listening and reading