Feeling Cranky? Have a Snack

If you feel more irritable when you’re hungry, hormones may be to blame.

Levels of serotonin—a hormone that helps regulate behavior—fluctuate when people are stressed or haven’t eaten, finds a new study from the University of Cambridge. And when levels are low, researchers say, communication between certain parts of the brain is weaker than normal, which may make it harder for the brain to control emotional responses to anger.

Wait a minute. This could explain why some morning drivers are so aggressive: They skipped breakfast! So let’s just think of this study as another reason to eat healthy meals…and snacks in between.

What about you? Do you ever feel more angry when you haven’t eaten?

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2 Responses to Feeling Cranky? Have a Snack

  1. Ameena says:

    Oh yes I feel angry when I haven’t eaten. I am even more impatient than normal too…Ramadan was a tough month for me for sure. 🙂

    • Leslie Quander Wooldridge says:

      Aha, I believe it. And I’ll second feeling impatient. At least we know what to expect. 😉

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