An Australian mother is now the founder of a $ 4 million company after inventing a special lamp to help restless children sleep.
Cara Benau, 43, from Melbourne is the founder of Glow Dreaming – a sleeping aid that she developed four years ago.
She has sold the $ 130 lamp, which combines light therapy, aromatherapy, pink noise and a humidifier, which has been around the world since 2016 and the product has become a lifesaver by parents around the world struggling with the same problem.
Mrs. Benau said she had no intention of inventing a product that would change lives, more she wanted to help her stepdaughter who had stopped sleeping after she had suffered a loss.
& # 39; This death had a profound impact on Nevoh, who was then eight years old, she developed a very deep fear of dying in her sleep & # 39 ;, she told FEMAIL.
Cara Benau (pictured on the right with her husband, pictured on the left) came up with the idea for Glow Dreaming as a way to make her stepdaughter sleep again
& # 39; For a period of six to eight months, her anxiety continued to grow and get worse and he came to the point where Nevoh could no longer sleep at our house.
& # 39; Previously, as part of a divorced family, we had always had 50/50 shared care and this had a devastating effect on my husband and our relationship. & # 39;
In an effort to find a solution to her stepdaughter's sleeping problem, the couple began to see both psychologists and doctors who are very happy to prescribe different medications & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We decided not to take the medical route because we wanted a long-term solution, not a temporary medical child who still had an underlying issue. & # 39;
The Glow Dreaming lamp, priced at $ 130, combines light therapy, aromatherapy, pink noise and a humidifier (photo)
Mrs. Benau said the problem got worse over the course of a year – and eventually her daughter had stopped sleeping.
& # 39; We would still see her twice a week and enjoy her company during the day, but when evening fell, her fears would escalate.
& # 39; She started to lose weight, stopped the happy, funny girl she was and her school started to suffer.
& # 39; She was always such a hard-working and successful student, but her mind couldn't stay focused without the sleep she needed. & # 39;
Finding a solution for her stepdaughter's sleeping problems led Mrs. Benau (photo on the right, with her stepdaughter, shown on the left) to make a much-requested sleeping lamp
How does the Glow Dreaming lamp work?
* The humidifier does not use heat or moisture. Instead, it uses ultrasonic waves to create humidity and it also features a timer that can be set for two or four hours
* The aromatherapy element helps the mind relax through the use of specially formulated essential oils
* It comes with a series of interchangeable sleeves, including foxes, mermaids or robots (without sleeves, it's just white)
* The sounds are a combination of frequencies that are often heard in waterfalls, rain and thunder.
* The red light stimulates the production of melatonin, the hormone that indicates it is time to sleep.
Finding a solution to help their child get a good night's sleep became an all-consuming project.
& # 39; We considered moving to a new house to solve the problem. As an interim step, we decided to redecorate her entire room, & Mrs. Benau said.
& # 39; It helped, but she was left only once a week and became & # 39; often awake at night.
Desperation saw Mrs. Benau, a former office administrator, and her husband spent hours researching online everything that could break Nevoh's insomnia cycle.
& # 39; We started with a humidifier and used the best possible organic oil. This helped her relax, calm her and make her breathe easier while sleeping.
Although these techniques helped, their child was still awake at night, so a red LED night light was added to help her reset her internal clock.
The unique lamp is a combination of devices that work together to promote a restful night's sleep
& # 39; When they & # 39; woke up at night, it eased her fears. I also used my phone to download white noise and play in the background while she slept. & # 39;
To the surprise of the family, the unusual combination of devices worked and within a week their girls slept through the night.
& # 39; We were all ready to celebrate. It was such a victory, not just for me but for my little girl.
& # 39; This was the turning point and it wasn't long before my stepdaughter returned home and spent half of her time with us. & # 39;
Mrs. Benau said she was struck by the idea that her idea could help others after a friend told her how she had struggled with a sleepless child
This success was the seed of an idea that Mrs. Benau saw the opportunity to make a product to help others.
& # 39; I was in a cafe with a cup of coffee with some friends and one of them started telling us about her child's sleeping problems.
& # 39; I told her about the setup we used with Nevoh and it also worked for her! At that moment I thought to myself: "What if I could help others?"
Fed by the real possibility that she had come up with a solution, Mrs. Benau outlined her idea and had a blueprint for the manufacturers within two weeks.
After searching for a company that could create its vision, it was decided & # 39; after a restless night of & # 39; do we have to take a dive or not?
& # 39; We had sent us one prototype and after testing overnight we ordered our first 1000 units.
& # 39; My husband built a WIX website from a template himself and we waited for the stock to arrive. The initial investment to get started is $ 30,000. & # 39;
In the beginning the company had a few ads on Facebook, but it was a word of mouth that boosted demand for the product
Generating device sales caused the couple to look up Facebook where they were distributing ads, but Ms. Benau said the company's growth was good and & # 39; really word of mouth & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Glow Dreaming spread like wildfire through word of mouth. One mother would use it, have great success and tell all other mothers in the mother group.
& # 39; Every family will go through a phase of sleeping problems at a certain stage, so that every mother and father can agree on this topic.
& # 39; They understand the suffering and they really want to help each other. & # 39;
& # 39; One mother would use it, be immensely successful and tell all other mothers in the mother group & # 39 ;, Mrs. Benau said.
Fast forward only four short years and the company will have its best year so far with a forecasted turnover of $ 4 million.
& # 39; If you had asked me when we started that we would have 10 employees and would transfer this kind of sales, I would have said you were angry!
& # 39; It was such an overwhelming whirlwind of an experience.
& # 39; We have grown so quickly and have helped so many people along the way and are constantly reinventing and improving our product. & # 39;
Mrs. Benau (photo center, with her stepdaughter, left and stepson, right) said she made many sacrifices along the way to ensure the success of the company
The success of the company has come with many sacrifices – but Mrs. Benau said that every lawsuit she has endured along the way has been worth it.
& # 39; This company has tested me like nothing else in my life. It has taken a toll on my mental health, my marriage, my friendships and my time. & # 39;
For those who are nervous about following their dreams by making a business idea a reality, her words of advice are really believing in what you do.
& # 39; Finally I went through the success stories.
& # 39; I still get goose bumps every time I read one. Every time the answers come through, I realize that I am making people's lives better. & # 39;
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