Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Don't Wait. Find That Rest Stop NOW

Okay, the question of the day is; can 'holding it' be as bad as drinking and driving? Yes, I'm talking about having to urinate but waiting because you're driving. What did you think I was talking about?

A new study says that waiting too long to pee isn't only bad for your health, but bad for your driving as well. A research team found that when you’re faced with a strong urge to urinate, your cognitive functions are impaired similarly to what you would experience after drinking alcohol or being sleep deprived.

So while the implications of this are obvious (drinking and driving or driving sleep deprived are bad- therefore driving with a full bladder is bad), there are also serious implications for seniors, who are more prone to overactive bladders. Here's more from AARP.

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