Being ‘hangry’ is this a common term these days which you would be forgiven for thinking that it’s been a proven fact that anger and hunger go hand in hand. It turns out that it’s never been proven – till now.
Scientists have begun answering the questions. It is about time.
Science buff Simon Oxenham took to writing in the New Scientist to eventually confirm what we’ve all been hashtagging for several years. He wrote: “The main reason we become more irritable when hungry is because our blood glucose level drops.
“This will make it hard for all of us to focus and more inclined to snap at those around us.
“Low blood sugar also activates the release of stress-related hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, in addition to a compound called neuropeptide Y, which has been proven to make people act more aggressively towards those around them.”
He continued that this can have an ‘alarming’ influence on the way you feel about other men and women.
“A classic analysis of married couples asked them to stick pins into ‘voodoo dolls’ which represented their nearest and dearest, to signify how angry they felt towards them. The volunteers then competed against their partner in a game, where the winner could burst loud noise throughout the failure’s headphones,” he continued.
“The researchers tracked the participants’ blood glucose levels throughout. They found that when people had reduced sugar levels, the more the blasts of unpleasant noise they exposed their partner to, and the more pins they stuck in their dolls.”
Bloody hell, that’s pretty damning.
He goes on to state that there was a study that asserted judges are less inclined to give sentences the closer it gets to dinner. This means that if you are facing a sentencing prior to their sandwiches, you are likely going to find a sentence. Yikes.
But he reckons that this is bollocks since the research’s findings haven’t been replicated. Simon explained: “Harsher sentences may in fact be more inclined towards the close of the morning because judges program easier cases for this particular moment. More complex, longer instances carry a risk of running over in their lunch break.”
Oh well then that’s fair.
Unless study goes into it, then we will not know how much us affect. Simon ends his piece by stating that huge decisions shouldn’t be faced on an empty belly. Pizza, anyone?