Do you sometimes feel the irresistible urge to munch anything and everything that comes your way, especially the sugary treats full of carbohydrates? The hunger would simply just not go. It doesn’t happen for no reason. Check out the seven reasons, listed by Daily Mail that may make your appetite soar.
1. You are tired or sleep deprived
According to a study by researchers at Columbia University in the US, those who are sleep-deprived eat almost 300 calories a day more than those who get enough sleep. This happens because levels of the hormone ghrelin, which tells the brain we need to eat, increase when we don’t get enough sleep. Professor Russell Foster, director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at Oxford University tells Daily Mail that body craves more carbohydrates and sugar when it is sleep deprived or tired as these are the energy giving foods.
2. You are going through Menopause
The hormonal fluctuations during this time can make women more hungry. Levels of progesterone vary in the perimenopause – the two to five years leading up to the menopause – and this seems to affect appetite, Leila Hannah, a gynaecologist at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup tells Daily Mail.
3. You are pregnant
You feel unusually hungry during pregnancy as it is the time when tissues are being laid down for the growth of the embryo, explains Manchester GP Dr Jude Gunasekera to Daily Mail. This uses up a lot of energy, which is why women who are pregnant may feel so hungry.
4. You are on anti-depressants
People who are going through depression may lose interest in everything around them including food. But once they start their medication, because of the drug called mirtazapine, they feel more hungry.
“Antidepressants disturb the function of the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls and regulates appetite, and this is why appetite can increase when people take them,” explains consultant psychiatrist Professor Jonathan Chick, medical director of the Castle Craig rehabilitation clinic in Peeblesshire, Scotland.
5. You saw some bad news report last night
Hearing about economic hardship or any kind of hardship on news makes us want to eat more, according to scientists at the University of Miami. It’s thought that hearing about troubled times causes a survival instinct to kick in, which leads to cravings for high-calorie snacks such as chocolate.
6. You are feeling guilty about pleasurable food
“If we consider something a naughty pleasure, it can psychologically drive the appetite and the guilt may make you want to eat more,” says Cary Cooper, professor of psychology and health at the University of Lancaster.
7. Your mobile is the culprit
The bright blue light emitted by devices such as smartphones and tablets may give an unwelcome boost to your appetite. Research says that exposure to the light increases hunger levels for several hours – even if you have just eaten. It may be because the bright blue light at night confuses our body clock, which has a role in controlling when we feel the need to eat. Natural light is made up of different colours, including blue light, and it is this type that sends the strongest signal to the brain to let it know whether it is day or night.