If you ever heard someone use being 'hangry' as an excuse for their behaviour they may not be making it up!
The word, which is a combination of the words 'hungry' and angry' describes the irritability someone feels when they get extremely hungry. The word has long been used in a lighthearted way, but now scientists confirm it is a real thing!
“We’ve long recognised that hunger leads to irritability in science,” an expert told Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.
“But the wonderful world of social media has merged the two words for us and now we know it as ‘hanger’.
“When our blood sugars drop, cortisol and adrenaline rise up in our bodies - our fight or flight hormones.”
They added that when we get hungry our glucose levels drop which makes it much harder for us to focus and even gives us less control over our emotions.
“So that’s why you get that same sort of response.”
“This lack of concentration can affect everything we do, causing silly mistakes that we’d never normally make,”