Hanger – the term invented to explain why people get angry when they get hungry.
New research has revealed that some people suffer from hanger worse than others and there are two main aspects at play; blood sugar levels and good old genetics.
As you eat, your food digests it into your bloodstream as glucose – better known as simple sugar – but as time passes, the level of sugar begins to drop.
As this happens, your brain perceives the dropping levels as ‘life threatening’ because the brain is dependent on glucose to function – but it’s nothing to worry about, you won’t actually die, you just need to eat.
Because of this, every day tasks become difficult, making it harder to have concise thoughts, making you tired and therefore shortening your temper – all classic symptoms of hanger.
The second reason you could be hangry is down to genetics.
Neuropeptide Y is a natural brain chemical that acts to control hunger but also happens to work in part to regulate anger and aggression.
So those with naturally high levels of Neuropeptide Y tend to have higher levels of impulse anger – meaning if they’re hungry then they’re more likely to snap.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry as there is a solution that doesn’t just include eating.
When your energy levels dip, the natural reaction is to grab a sweet snack – however avoiding them all together can actually help.
Never choose easy or convenient snacks as they are stuffed with sugar, which leads to a quick energy high but eventually ends in a crash, starting the hanger cycle all over again.
The best thing to eat is slow release energy foods such as fruit, veg, pulses, dairy and meat.