Are You Feeling Worse For Wear After A Night Out On The Town? Follow These Tips To Beat That Hangover
We’ve all been there. Having enjoyed ourselves a little bit too much on a night out we wake up the next morning with the hangover from hell.
The severity of your hangover is closely linked to how much alcohol you have consumed, how much water you drank and whether you had enough sleep. The less sleep the worse the hangover.
Contrary to popular belief a ‘hair of the dog’ is not a good cure for getting rid of a hangover. This is a myth and will likely just prolong the symptoms.
So what are the best cures? Just read on. Below are four tried and tested ways to help a hangover.
1.Drink Plenty Of Water
We all know that a hangover (in part) is caused by dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic and naturally dehydrates the body.
Water is the best fluid to drink, so make sure you drink several glasses of water throughout the day.
A good trick is to drink a couple of glasses as soon as you wake up, this will help to kick-start your body and get the repair process in motion.
One way of avoiding that hangover completely is to drink a glass of water at regular intervals during your night out. Prevention is better than cure – so water between each glass of your favourite tipple will definitely help to keep it at bay.
2. Take A Painkiller
A couple of painkillers will help get rid of that headache.
Take a couple in the morning upon waking, with food. Painkillers on an empty stomach is not good for your gut.
Stick to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. The wrong painkillers can cause liver damage – especially when your livers working overtime to metabolise the alcohol.
If you are not sure what painkillers to choose, ask a qualified pharmacist or healthcare professional.
3. Eat A Nutritious Breakfast
A greasy breakfast is not the answer. There is no scientific evidence that suggests greasy food will ease your hangover anguish. It will probably just give you heartburn.
Instead, stick with easy to digest foods such as toast or cereal. A good serving of carbs will help to bring your blood sugar levels back up.
When blood sugar levels dip your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbs. But if you’ve been drinking too much, your liver is busy metabolising the alcohol and can’t handle the extra work, so your blood sugar levels stay down. This can make you feel irritable and tired.
Consider including some asparagus in your post-hangover breakfast.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Food Science found the amino acids in asparagus improves the speed of how human cells break down alcohol.
4. Go Back To Sleep
Once you’ve done all of the above it’s a good idea to go back to bed for a couple more hours.
A lack of sleep can be a contributing factor towards the severity of your hangover. Alcohol will put you to sleep quickly but when it begins to wear off the withdrawal your body feels can disrupt sleep and jolt you awake.
Getting your head down for a couple more hours will help you to recover faster. Make sure you have some water by your bed and sip on it every time you wake up.
Of course, the best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink at all. But if you do decide to drink you can follow these three steps to help ensure a hangover doesn’t rear it’s ugly head in the morning:
- Drink more slowly and limit how much you drink in a single session.
- Drink with food. Drinking on an empty stomach is only going to make matters worse.
- Alternate with water or non-alcoholic drinks to keep your fluid levels up.
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