Being hungry can make people grumpy, which could lead them to taking it out on other people, including their spouses. The Ohio State University reported the latest research in Lashing Out at Your Spouse? Check Your Blood Sugar.
Study finds that ‘hangry’ husbands and wives get more aggressiveKeep yourselves well-nourished and your marriages may be happier. I'm going to take this advice and eat lunch.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lower levels of blood sugar may make married people angrier at their spouses and even more likely to lash out aggressively, new research reveals.
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.