There is nothing worse than waking up after a big night out with a pounding headache and the sudden urge to throw up. Talking yourself into having “just one more” at the club may have seemed like a good idea at the time but now all that you’re left with are feelings of regret and self-pity.
Although there is no scientifically proven cure for hangovers, there are a few ways to make the morning after just a little more bearable.
Rehydrating after a night out is extremely important in order to replace fluids lost by heaving drinking. In order to feel a little more human during a hangover, getting enough H2O is essential. However, don’t assume that only chugging down the next morning is going to save you. Keep hydrated throughout the night by drinking one glass of water between every alcoholic beverage and place a bottle near your bed before falling asleep.
Eat a greasy meal
The thought of putting anything near your mouth during a hangover can be unsettling and you start to question whether that egg and bacon McMuffin from Maccas will actually make you feel better. The best time to eat a greasy meal is before you start drinking to help line the walls of your stomach and slow down the rate of alcohol absorption. Drinking on an empty stomach is a big no-no anyway if you want to potentially avoid a nasty hangover in the morning.
Get some fresh air
When you’re dealing with a hangover usually the last thing you want to do is get out of bed, but stepping out for some fresh air can make you feel a whole lot better. Oxygen increases the rate at which toxins from alcohol are broken down in the body and helps to stimulate your brain functions. So even if it’s just for a few minutes, you’ll be doing yourself a favour by going outside.
Sleep it off
Sleep is one of the best ways to get rid of a hangover. If you wake up feeling like you can barely function, take the day off work. Speaking from my own personal experiences, I can tell you know that showing up to work when dealing with a hangover is the absolute worst. Taking a ‘sick’ day will help to repair your body of the damages caused from excess drinking and will overall make you feel a lot better. So crawl back into bed, wrap yourself in your cuddliest blanket and get some much needed zzz’s.
Know your limits
Knowing when you’ve had enough is probably one of the biggest factors when it comes to avoiding a hangover. Trying to keep up with friends by ordering round after round of shots can be disastrous if you’re drinking outside of your comfort zone. While drinking, it is important to pace yourself by not having everything at once. Alcohol effects everyone differently so if you’ve reached a point where you think you’ve had enough, you should probably stop.
Whatever you do, do not start drinking again. Forget hair of the dog! Drinking more will ease your pain for a few hours but will make your hangover even worse later on.
A nasty hangover can make you feel like you never want to drink again and trust me I’ve been there. I’ve had hangovers so bad that even the thought of alcohol makes me feel queasy. Thankfully there are a few simple things that you can do to make yourself feel even just the slightest bit better. If all else fails, just remember it will be over eventually!