Betsy Faen, Counsellor, Sydney

Napping has only become a regular part of my life in the last few years since coming across NapNow. Prior to that I had been afraid to nap, because I have always had trouble sleeping at night, and I didn’t want to do anything that might jeopardise that.

As well, I have never been that great at relaxing, and my childhood conditioning certainly didn’t encourage taking time out to do nothing.

I used to get very tired after lunch and would try to fight it with a cup of tea or sugar. I think I had an earlier experience of napping that left me feeling groggy afterward because I slept too long, so that put me off too.

Then I learnt through NapNow, the importance of keeping daytime naps short, so thought I would give it a try. I experimented with it and now it’s part of my routine. I lie down for 30 minutes as often as I can after lunch, daily if possible. If I can’t, I find I miss it now!

I fall asleep about half the time, and when I do feel proud of myself! I come out feeling much better and refreshed and it doesn’t affect my sleep at night.

Even if I don’t fall asleep, it’s a time for me to relax.

It’s been a big change for me. I am still getting comfortable coming out as a napper, but definitely encourage other people with insomnia to give it a go.