Hangovers seem to be the body’s way of reminding us about the hazards of overindulgence. After an evening of drinking alcohol, you may find yourself waking up to a throbbing headache, unbearable nausea, excessive thirst, and extreme fatigue. The body absorbs a fixed amount of alcohol per hour. That amount varies widely depending on numerous factors, body mass, and how heavily the individual drinks. But what if you want to enjoy a few cocktails or maybe more and not feel terrible the following day? Now I’m going to present to you the 5 best remedies for a hangover.
1. Drinking water to prevent dehydration
If you know you’ll be drinking that night, stay well-hydrated throughout the day and have plenty to drink before heading to bed. The amount of water that you take in should equal that amount you lose, and alcohol can upset this balance. That desert-level thirst that wakes you up in the wee hours of the morning is a signal that you’re well on the way too hungover.
2. Eat Nutrient-Rich Food Before and After Drinking
To prevent a hangover, pairing alcohol with food can help your body more efficiently metabolize the alcohol. A good meal can help maintain your blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar could contribute to some hangover symptoms, such as nausea, fatigue, and weakness. In addition to helping reduce certain hangover symptoms, eating a healthy breakfast can provide important vitamins and minerals, which may become depleted with excessive alcohol intake.
3. Get plenty of sleep
Alcohol can cause sleep disturbances and may be associated with decreased sleep quality and duration for some individuals. A lack of sleep does not cause a hangover, but it can make it worse. Rest is your best friend at this point because your body needs an opportunity to recover. It is best to simply stay in bed as long as you can.
4. Take a shower
Once you have slept as much as possible, take a cold shower. This will not only clean you up but freshen and wake up your senses as well. Some people like to switch between cold and hot water in the shower and that’s not a bad idea. Don’t take this to an extreme as the shock could do even more damage to your system. Warm water would be a perfect balance if you don’t like cold showers.
5. Have a drink the next morning
While the popular phrase “hair of the dog that bit you” may sound logical when a shot of whiskey is still in the bottle next to your bed, it will only provide temporary relief. Using alcohol to cure the pains created by alcohol is not the best idea because it will only prolong your recovery. If you drank the last of the vodka last night, make a virgin Mary, the tequila-based bloody Maria, or go with the original bloody Mary base of gin. Any of them will do the trick.
And, with that, it’s time for you to head to the kitchen for a glass of water then wander back to bed. The best way to feel better sooner? Hydrate and hit the snooze button.