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Animals Sleeping app

A page from the children's book app, I See the Animals Sleeping: A Bedtime Story.

I See the Animals Sleeping • The American Academy of Sleep Medicine launched two free interactive apps, giving parents new ammunition to convince their children about the value of sleep.

I See the Animals Sleeping: A Bedtime Story is an app adapted from a children’s book that explains how animals sleep standing up, lying down, in trees and on water. The animals featured include a tiger, fox, sloth and platypus.

The Animals Sleep: A Bedtime Book of Biomes app explores the oceans, deserts and woodlands using poetic narration and colorful illustrations. The book highlights the sleep behavior of beavers, zebras and humpback whales among others.

The apps use interactive storytelling (ever wonder what a sleeping lion sounds like?) and activities to explain animal sleep patterns, environment and adaptations. The apps, which are based on two educational children’s picture books, will help kids understand the need for a soothing sleep environment and the importance of developing healthy sleep habits.

The books explain how sleep refuels the body, helps it grow and makes us smarter to show kids why it’s biologically important — not just because their parents say so.

Both apps are free for iPad and available for download from the Apple store.

—Debra D. Bass