For most people, the normal number of times to urinate per day for a healthy individual is between 4 – 10 times in a 24 hour period
The average trucker on the other hand, is quite another story
One of the facts of life for today’s truck drivers is having to wait up to hours between bathroom breaks. Many of those drivers pride themselves on having “bladders of steel”, but is it really healthy to wait long periods between bathroom breaks?!
Here’s what you need to know about “waiting to go”
1. You can lose the ability to know WHEN it is time to go.
When you hold your urine in for too long, it will stretch the walls of your bladder. Soon your bladder can stretch to the point that it will become harder for your body to sense that “nature is calling”.
2. Your bladder probably is bigger than a “normal” persons.
A study was conducted with nurses and it was revealed that those who have few chances to get bathroom breaks, like truckers, really do develop slightly bigger bladders!
3. It’s alleged that a “normally” hydrated person can hold their bladder for up to 9 to 10 hours at a time!
I don’t know about you, but when I gotta go, I gotta go
4. Doctors do say that it is possible for your bladder to burst when trying to hold it for long periods of time!
This instance is said to usually occur only with someone who’s had bladder surgery. For most people, you would most definitely urinate long before your bladder got to the point of bursting!
5. By waiting too long to go, you can become ill.
Waiting too long between bathroom breaks will allow bacteria to multiply within your bladder. If this continues, it can lead to bladder infections, urinary tract infections, and possibly even kidney infections. Left alone, these ailments can land you in the hospital. If you notice pain while peeing, or blood in your urine, or feel the need to go more than usual, make sure to see a doctor.
6. If you are able to go all day without a bathroom break, then you most probably are dehydrated. If you think you might be dehydrated, the best way to check for sure it to check your urine.
Virtually clear urine means you are drinking too much, while very dark urine means you are not getting enough fluids.
Studies have shown that driving a vehicle while dehydrated is more dangerous than driving a vehicle intoxicated. So to be safe, ensure you are drinking plenty of fluids to stay alert and safe on the roads! And take that extra break or two – your bladder will thank you!
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- Trevor Snook