Dr Oz: Should You Wake A Sleepwalker?
Dr Oz brought in a whole team of experts to bust popular body myths. He then turned to Dr Michael Breus to find tackle the myth that you shouldn’t wake someone if they’re sleepwalking. According to Dr Oz, there are over 8 million sleepwalkers in America so there’s a good chance you have one in your household. He shared the video of one sleepwalker who strolled into the kitchen, got a bowl out of the cabinet, and then poured milk straight into the sink before putting it back in the fridge.
Should his family members have woken him up?
Dr Oz: Is It Dangerous To Wake A Sleepwalker?
According to Dr Michael Breus, it’s okay to wake up the person who is sleepwalking, as long as you do it the right way. He explained that the person may become frightened so you’ll want to gently wake them, guide them back to bed. You can rest assured that doing so wouldn’t be dangerous to their health.
Next, one emergency medicine doctor tackled two popular alcohol myths.
Dr Oz: Does Alcohol Increase Your Body Temperature?
Dr William Goldberg first wanted to tackle the myth that alcohol warms you up. He actually stood in a meat locker for about 10 minutes to get a baseline temperature. Then he drank four ounces of tequila before going back into the freezer. His baseline temperature was 82 degrees Fahrenheit and after drinking the alcohol and going back into the freezer, his temperature was 83 degrees. Dr Goldberg explained that alcohol actually makes your blood vessels dilate so at first you feel warmer, but it ruins your ability to retain heat. So you shouldn’t drink to stay warm.
Next, Dr Goldberg studied whether coffee can sober you up.
Dr Oz: Can Coffee Help Sober You Up?
To find out if coffee can help sober you up after drinking, Dr Goldberg had his blood-alcohol content measured. Thanks to the two tequila shots he blew a .109 which is above the legal limit to drive. Then, he drank a cup of coffee and thirty minutes later he had his blood alcohol concentration measured again. He blew a .107 which had him still above the legal limit.
Dr Goldberg explained that all the coffee in the world won’t help because coffee is a stimulant and alcohol is in the bloodstream. Coffee may make you feel more alert, but it’s not going to help you metabolize alcohol.
Finally, does swallowed gum really stay in your digestive system for seven years?
Dr Oz: Does Chewing Gum Stay In Your Stomach For 7 Years?
Does chewing gum really stay in your stomach for seven years? It turns out that’s actually a rumor likely created by parents and teachers to discourage kids from chewing gum at all. To find out what happens when you swallow gum, Rhenotha first swallowed her chewing gum, then swallowed a camera to literally chase it through her digestive system. Turns out it will likely “exit” 24-48 hours after being swallowed.