Study Shows that Dehydration Can Lead to Cognitive Mistakes


August 02, 2018

Results Recently Released From Study Show that Dehydration Can Lead to Cognitive Mistakes

BIRMINGHAM, AL- A new study conducted by Georgia Institute of Technology shows that working in hot conditions can make someone accident-prone. The researchers concluded that simply working in your backyard for two hours on a hot day can lead to numerous physical problems as well as cognitive difficulties including an impaired judgment, WBRC.com reported.*

We have all suffered to some degree in this hot and seemingly unrelenting summer heat. People who work outside, especially in sweltering conditions like on road paving crews, have a greater risk of falling victim to the heat than others. Even being "parched," that is suffering from a dry throat and an unquenchable thirst, can be dangerous and cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke. The Georgia Tech study proves a lack of water will cause lapses in judgment as well.

The Georgia Tech researchers showed that test subjects' attention spans dwindled as they lost more and more water from their bodies caused by rising temperatures. The test subjects lost focus on some of the more monotonous tasks. 

To demonstrate, the researchers asked the subjects to perform simple, yet repetitive calculations for a long time. The subjects made substantially more errors as they became increasingly more dehydrated. The researchers reasoned that a dehydrated person would have a hard time paying attention to boring, repetitive jobs like driving. 

People who work outside in the heat should be aware that water loss adds up quickly. Losing 2% of your weight in water due to sweat can happen in no time. The person will start to feel miserable because their bodies are not retaining fluid when the weight loss hits between 4 and 5% of their body mass. However, cognitive deficits appear before the person starts to physically manifest signs of dehydration. Researchers called that stage the "parched" stage. 

The Georgia Tech researchers also cautioned that drinking too much water can also be hazardous and cause a rare but possibly life-threatening brain condition called hyponatremia. Hyponatremia is a dilution of the blood from excessive water consumption resulting in brain swelling. The researchers suggested that some people would benefit from taking electrolytes to aid in water Accident News is an archive of select Georgia car crashes, designed to alert and educate drivers, to help them avoid the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes.  If you or a family member are injured in an accident, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.  For more information about Montlick & Associates’ award-winning public service programs click here.  

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