Written by Sarah Curran
Most of us have had a bit too much of a good time after a night out on the town, and returned home feeling untouchable till the next morning when a hangover hits you like a ton of bricks! Unfortunately there is no magic cure for a hangover, although many people are still out there actively trying to discover one!
Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help prevent or at least reduce the severity of one!
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
This is probably the best advice you can get regarding hangovers. Prevention is most certainly better than cure, especially when science has yet to find one! It sounds simple, but by having an awareness of your limits and not going beyond them, you can avoid having to deal with a hangover in the first place.
Don’t drink alcohol as though it is water. Many people like to have a drink in their hand for the duration of a night out which is fine, but if you are drinking more than you are socialising and constantly refilling your glass every ten minutes, you may be cruising towards a sore head in the morning. Why not consider alternating alcoholic drinks with non alcoholic drinks. This will help you to remain hydrated throughout the day or evening without leaving you empty handed.
Consider Non-Alcoholic Options
There are so many non alcoholic options out there nowadays aside from old school alcohol free beers. If you are up for work the next morning early and want to be fresh as a daisy and avoid alcohol altogether, try sampling some of the many mocktails that are on offer in many bars and restaurants that are delicious, look no different to the real thing and won’t leave you reaching for the snooze button the next morning before an important meeting.
Staying hydrated can make a huge difference to the severity of a hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic, which makes your body lose water and can contribute to dehydration. This can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Although dehydration is not the main reason that hangovers cause such an unpleasant feeling in our bodies when we wake up the following day, it does however make us feel extra tired, thirsty, have a dry mouth and a headache.
As mentioned above, drinking non alcoholic drinks in between alcoholic ones is a great strategy to avoid this happening. Drinking extra alcoholic drinks to avoid dehydration will not work so do not try it!
Eat Before You Party
Have a good hearty meal before you even leave the house when you plan to have a few drinks. This will slow down how fast the alcohol is absorbed into your system thus making you less likely to get drunk rapidly and suffer the effects the morning after. This will not prevent a hangover if you drink an excessive amount of alcohol; however, it will make a big difference to you if you can keep your drinking to a moderate level.
Get Some Shut Eye
The last thing you feel like doing on a night out is going home to bed to sleep, but extra tiredness will not help with a hangover the nest morning. Alcohol can actually impair your sleep, contrary to many people’s belief that it is in fact a sleep aid.try to get to bed at a reasonable hour to give your body a chance to recover after a night on the sauce.
If you can handle it, a good breakfast may help ease an unruly hangover the next day. This will help to settle a ropey stomach but also to rebalance your blood sugar levels. Food may help reduce the feeling of weakness some people suffer from the morning after a hangover.
These tips are all effective for reducing the effects of a hangover the next day after a good night out, even if you may have enjoyed yourself a little too much. There is no formal cure discovered by science just yet for a hangover, which means that if you do not want to suffer the next morning after a good time, you are better off following prevention is better than cure strategy!
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