Ever Lose your cool with your partner or kids?
How often do we push ourselves to keep running on fumes- forgetting to eat, not getting enough sleep, not exercising….and then we snap at our partner, our kids or even at a client and really regret it.
Running on fumes results in you…FUMING!
In the article referenced below- a study found that low blood sugar- “feeling HANGRY” was the cause of spouses lashing out at each other.
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Couples and “HANGRY UPSETS”
In a 21-day study, researchers found that levels of blood glucose in married people, measured each night, predicted how angry they would be with their spouse that evening.
At the end of the 21 days, people who had generally lower levels of glucose were willing to blast their spouses with unpleasant noises at a higher volume and for a longer time than those who had higher glucose levels.
The study shows how one simple, often overlooked factor — hunger caused by low levels of blood glucose — may play a role in marital arguments, confrontations and possibly even some domestic violence, said Brad Bushman, lead author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University.
Blood glucose levels can be brought up most quickly by eating carbohydrates or sugary foods.
“People can relate to this idea that when they get hungry, they get cranky,” Bushman said.
It even has a slang term: “hangry” (hungry + angry).
“We found that being hangry can affect our behavior in a bad way, even in our most intimate relationships,” he said.
So, next time you are ticked off by your partner's socks on the floor, check in with yourself and ask "Am I actually angry, or am I just hangry?"