Do You Suffer from Slanger?
Have you ever found yourself getting easily annoyed at the slightest opportunity after a poor night’s sleep? You might very well be suffering from ‘slanger’ – anger which is the result of your body not receiving enough sleep!
Scientists in the US have found that slanger is the sleep equivalent of the condition ‘hanger’ – rage driven by lack of food – and disproportionately affects women, as they are more likely to suffer from sleep deprivation and become more hostile and angry than man.
We all accept that sleep is essential for our health – it makes us look better, feel better, perform better, think better and behave better. We also understand a lack of sleep can result in us feeling grumpy and irritable, we suffer from mood swings as well as having a detrimental impact on concentration and memory. While many of us can handle a night of unrest, there are many who can’t.
A recent study shows that receiving too little sleep at night can harm the brain’s ability to control emotions and cope with anxiety. Sleep deprivation raises average daily blood pressure and your heart rate and can affect the body’s immune system the way physical stress does. Lack of sleep can affect the ability to metabolise serotonin – a chemical in the brain that regulates mood and energy – and when it’s disrupted we experience symptoms of anxiety, depression and lethargy.
A third of Brits receive less than seven hours sleep a night, does this, therefore, mean ‘slanger’ is on the rise?
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee a good night’s rest, it is a personal decision to control ‘slanger’ by ensuring a regular sleep routine is met. Patrick Fuller, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, has a seven-step guide on how he ensures a perfect night’s sleep.