According to researchers in the UK, the cognitive function of a “significant” number of hospital nurses may be impaired because they are turning up for work dehydrated or not drinking enough fluids during shifts.

Authors of the study noted that dehydration of as little as 2% of your total body weight may impair physical and cognitive performance.

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Their study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, was to investigate the prevalence of dehydration at the start and end of shifts in nurses and doctors on-call.

The research involved 88 nurses and doctors working on medical and surgical admissions wards at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Participants arrived on the ward approximately 20 minutes before their shift and were asked to provide a urine sample. Height and weight were then measured.

Cognitive function was assessed using a series of computer-based tests including the Stroop Colour Naming Interference Test and Sternberg Memory Paradigm.

Participants then worked normally, but were asked to keep a fluid diary for the duration of their shift and the fluid balance was estimated. The tests were then repeated at the end of the shift.

The researchers found that 36% of participants were dehydrated at the start of the shift and 45% were dehydrated at the end of their shift.

They also found that single number and five-letter Sternberg short-term memory tests were significantly impaired in the dehydrated participants.

“This study highlights that a significant proportion of nurses and doctors were dehydrated at the start and end of medical and surgical shifts,” said the researchers in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

The study authors who were led by Mr. Ahmed El-Sharkawy from Nottingham University concluded that dehydration was associated with some impairment of cognitive function and that their performance was definitely affected.

 

5 Easy Make-At-Home Infused Waters for Nurses

You know you should drink more water, Granted, shifts are busy, and not everyone enjoys drinking water. Many find it bland, and uninteresting and those sugary drinks all aglow in the vending machine at 3 AM sure is tempting. Break the unhealthy spell for good this year by arming yourself with any of these clever water concoctions—we promise they’re as good to your taste buds as they are to your body.

To help you drink it all in (pun intended), we’ve gathered our top five easy, make-at-home infused waters, perfect for busy nurses who have decided to make 2018 their healthiest year yet.

Just throw one of these mixes together in the evening (or in the morning—if you are a night shifter), let it marinate overnight and then pour the finished product into a few grab-and-go bottles for a healthy, hydrating treat that you can look forward to at work. We have a hunch that you’ll be glowing (and considerably less munch-y) in no time at all. Water is known to help lessen the snack cravings too.

  1. “WELL” WATER
  • ½ gallon water
  • ½ grapefruit, sliced
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • ½ lime, sliced
  • A dash of mint leaves
  1. WATER ON THE ROCKS
  • ½ gallon water
  • 1 or 2 apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Generous helping of ice
  1. COLOR-FULL(ER) WATER
  • 1-gallon water
  • Handful of raspberries
  • ½ grapefruit, sliced
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  1. CINNA-YUM WATER
  • 12 ounces water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ apple, sliced
  • A dash of sweetener (optional)

For this one, you’ll want to blend all the ingredients except the apple for 10 seconds. Pour the blend over the sliced apples.

  1. THE GINGER SPICE
  • 12 ounces water (room temperature)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ knob fresh ginger root, grated

You can purchase one of the Infusion bottles below which are made especially for these refreshing infused water combinations.

1. Infuser Water Bottle Sports Flip-top BPA-Free Tritan 25 Oz (Multiple Infused Water Color Options)

BPA Free and leak-proof.

  • EASY INFUSING: We find that a 1/2 filled sleeve will last for 2-3 infuse refills. Enough to meet your daily hydration needs. With the exclusive dual strainer and sleeve, you can put fruit on the outside of the diffuser for more fresh flavors. Add lemon, blueberry, cucumber, raspberry, watermelon, ginger, grapefruit, melon, strawberry or mint to your beverage infusions.

Click here to get this Infusion bottle.

2. Hydracy Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

ENJOY DRINKING HEALTHY: large 1 Litre capacity and full-length infuser basket for increased flavor till the last drop, drinking water has never been so tempting! With your delicious infusion packed with vitamins and nutrients next to you, you will easily adopt a healthy hydration habit proven to increase your energy level, facilitate weight loss, detox and feeling rejuvenated!

Ready to make infused water? Then you need this. Click here.

3. Infusion Pro Water Infuser – 24 oz Fruit Infused Water Bottle

  • Bottom-Infusing Design with Strainer: Extra-large infuser basket holds more fruit at the bottom of the infuser water bottle, allowing water to acquire a more taste. The unique strainer prevents seeds, pulp or ice from clogging the drinking spout.
  • Premium Quality: Your leak-proof infusion pro water bottle comes in 100% Eastman TRITAN plastic, famous for durability & BPA-FREE safety. Enjoy with complete peace of mind! Locking flip top spout on fruit infuser water bottle for quick on the go drinking.

Infused water bottle available here.

Have any refreshing recipes of your own? How do you remind yourself to stay hydrated on the job? Share your tips in the comments section below!

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