Hanna Marton is a woman who, like many of us, suffers from what I refer to as “The Childlike Syndrome”. You know how, as a child, we’d hate going to bed, almost as if we thought we were going to miss out on something once we did?

Hanna Marton is no different. The difference between her and many others who have trouble sleeping is that she approached the problem with a solution. The solution was to set a bed time for herself and vow to stick to the schedule on a daily basis. Fortunately, her husband motivates her to get to bed at a decent time, but when he wasn’t around (out of town) she had no luck in stopping herself from fighting her body’s call to stay up late.

Hanna is a mom of two children who values her me time. Unfortunately, the me time for her only comes after the children are down for the night. Instead of going to sleep along with the kids, it’s as if she subconsciously stays awake to take advantage of her me time.

Unbeknownst to many of us, depriving one’s self of sleep makes us feel less full. You know what that means? If you guessed that it maximizes our feeling hungry…you’re absolutely correct.

She sought out advice from Dr. Carmel Harrighton, an author and researcher. Hanna  quickly was taught that bright lights such as sunlight give signals to her brain to halt melatonin, a hormone that makes her feel as if she wants to sleep. Furthermore, it makes all the sense in the world to not watch anything with a bright screen near the time she sets for herself to go to sleep.

“Owls tend to like nightlife and not mornings.  “Larks” like the sunrise and are tired by 9 pm.  You may be one type and living with someone who is the other.

Key Points:

  • 1Lack of needed sleep is a main factor to weight gain.
  • 2When your eye detects light, such as sunlight, it signals to the brain to stop producing melatonin, the hormone that makes us sleepy.
  • 3Magnesium helps you nervous system and muscles to relax. You can get magnesium from leafy green veggies, nuts and seeds.


Sleep keeps your weight in check. Swedish researchers found that a lack of ZZZs interferes with the hormones that make you feel full, while boosting the hormone that promotes hunger.

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