It’s time for another round of “Which Is Worse?" - where we compare two things that impact our health and see which we should skip.

  • Which is worse: Driving barefoot or driving with flip flops on? You might be surprised to hear that wearing flip flops is worse. Dr. William Van Tassel is a driver training manager for AAA, and he says flip flops are really dangerous driving shoes. That’s because they can slip and get trapped underneath the pedals while your foot is still on top, making it hard to stop or accelerate. Plus trying to free your flip flop if it does get trapped can be a hazard in itself. It’s better to drive barefoot, which actually gives you a good sense of how much pressure you’re putting on the pedals. 

  • Next, which is worse: Popping a zit or trying to cover it with makeup so it doesn’t show? Dermatologist, Dr. Francesca Fusco says: Don’t pop your pimples. That’s worse. Because you force the bacteria deeper into your skin, and it’ll look even bigger and more inflamed and last longer. Popping a pimple could even lead to an infection. It’s better to just cover it up with makeup that’s made for acne-prone skin. Almay and Neutrogena make concealers that contain skin-clearing medications, like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. 

  • One last “which is worse” problem: Going to bed hungry or going to bed full? It’s worse to go to bed full. Lying down with a full stomach can push stomach acid up into your esophagus causing acid reflux and disrupting your sleep. Eating at night also messes with our body's circadian rhythm and alters hormones that control appetite making us hungrier the next day. Of course, going to bed starving isn’t great either because hunger can signal the brain to stay awake. So limit a bedtime snack to 200 calories made up of carbs and protein. That combination triggers the brain to produce calming hormones, which help us drift off.