Hunger is a signal that your body fuel store is depleted. In this context, fuel means food. If you have skipped your breakfast, then having a hunger pang is normal.
But if you have eaten a meal and you feel unnecessarily hungry before your next meal, then something could be wrong somewhere.
For a health-conscious person, hunger could be your worst enemy.
There could be some medical reasons why you have that hunger feeling always. In such cases, you will need an immediate solution to prevent more serious health consequences.
Here are 10 reasons why you are always hungry and how to fix it.
1. Poor Sleep Quality
If you are a restless sleeper or you always having difficulty getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily, you might feel hungry all the time.
A night of poor sleep can seriously affect two hormones linked to appetite.
It can cause a sudden surge in the level of Ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, as well as decrease the level of Leptin, a hormone that causes feelings of fullness.
Along with feeling hungry, other noticeable symptoms of sleep deprivation includes; mood change, weight gain, clumsiness, decreased level of concentration to a task, increase in accidents, etc.
To fix this problem, aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night. By so doing, you will get your energy level and hunger hormones back on track.
2. Excessive exposure to Stressors
When you undergo excess stress, your body’s stress hormones Cortisol rises. This hormone stimulates your body to eat more food. This hormone increases your sugar and high-fat foods craving.
In fact, eating more during stress does not reduce negative emotions or anxieties, rather it triggers the need to eat more leading to weight gain and more health issues.
A report published in Psychoneuroendocrinology shows that a psycho-physiological response to stress may influence subsequent eating behavior. Over time, these alterations could have serious impact on both weight and health.
Other stress-related symptoms include anger, fatigue, sleep problems, headaches etc.
To fix this, you need to exercise and meditate. Listening to music can also help control your stress level.
3. Low Blood Sugar
Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia simply means the level of glucose in your blood is very low. This condition can make you unnecessarily hungry.
The brain cells need adequate energy to function properly and glucose is the primary source of energy for the brain. So when your blood sugar goes down, so does your brainpower. The brain will then send signals that your body needs fuel, hence the feeling of hunger begins.
Apart from hunger, other symptoms of hypoglycemia include pale skin, anxiety, headache, tingling sensation around the mouth, sweating and a general feeling of unwell.
Hypoglycemia is, however, a common concern for people with diabetes, but people with other health problems like hepatitis, kidney disorders, and problems with pituitary and adrenal glands can also experience this problem.