We have all been there – the night was flowing wild with all the booze and partying all night allowed us to have a real blast while taking the edge off! But then… The next morning came. And morning brought us that grey feeling inside, those insane headaches, dry mouth, slow-depressed mind space, and complete tiredness… It’s a hangover and now you have to deal with it. Let’s run through some of the best ways to deal with a hangover!
Hydrate Above Your Average
Most of us know very good, that excess amounts of substances like alcohol or coffee will “dry us out” – the best way to fight back is to drink water. Good! But in the case of partying and making sure your next morning is as pleasant as possible… You have to drink that water the night before.
It takes our bodies some time to absorb and “shuffle around” all the H2O needed for all the biological processes to run smoothly, so just having an enormous amount of water in the morning won’t cut it. Because the damage has been already done! Drinking excess of water in the hangover morning will help you to feel better in the evening, but not right away.
The smartest thing you can do to fight dehydration is to know that you are pushing your body’s limits and start hydrating before dehydration actually happens. Consider having a full glass of water after each alcoholic drink you had. It might make it weird, to have a beer, then drink a full glass of water, then another beer and follow it up with more water… But this way you won’t wake up dehydrated. Especially if you will follow it up with 2 glasses of water just right before you go to bed.
If you had plenty of water last night (at least the same amount as the alcohol you had) – starting your morning with some freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juices, and following it up with a decent glass of water can be all you need to don’t even feel any morning hangover symptoms. If you feel that way – just don’t forget that you most likely will feel more tired when the evening comes.
Sweat It Out With Excercise
The less exercise you do on a constant basis – the more this tip is important to you. First of all, if you exercise daily with a quite intensive regime followed up with a great diet… And if you don’t drink too often. Chances are, your morning hangover symptoms will be very mild when compared with those who don’t exercise at all.
Whether you exercise daily or not – having a morning run first thing (second thing – first you drink plenty of water) in the morning can be the gamechanger for the rest of your day. Like with everything in life – the more something can help you, the more difficult it is to start.
Just the sheer thought of putting on sneakers and running while your hearth is palpitating, head feels like an explosion, and every inch of your body hurts can be daunting. Good! This means it will help you the most. Fight that “homeostasis seeking” voice in your head back by simply asking – where this voice was yesterday when we had to do all that crazy partying, huh? Start running, run for as much as you can, and have a nice shower, followed up with a nice breakfast. Most of the hangover symptoms will be gone by now!
Don’t Drink Coffee
Most of us can’t go a day without coffee. We just can’t! But if it’s your day after some serious partying, you have no choice but just not to drink any coffee at all. Coffee is just as aggressive in dehydrating our bodies as alcohol, and the only way to make your morning even worse – would be to allow yourself to drink some coffee.
But there is a flip side here – if morning coffee is so important to you that you just can’t imagine a morning without a fresh brew… You can learn to prepare your body to be able to ingest that coffee – on the night before. Yes! Not only you will have to drink an insane amount of water (the amount you drink over the night, has to annoy you horribly), you also should take a couple of pills of vitamin C throughout the night or towards the end of it.
This way, not only you will have fewer symptoms the next morning, but you will also be able to have that coffee knowing that that extra layer of dehydration you are putting yourself through now can still be handled by your body. While drinking coffee while dehydrated just worsens some other symptoms and makes them stay longer, it is known that yes – coffee most likely will help you cure that headache faster.
Vitamin C It Up
Most people accommodate juice with the best drink for the next morning after drinking. And most of us know that Vitamin C has something to do with this. While both of these statements might be right for various reasons, there is a more proper way to use Vitamin C to your advantage.
Reality is harsh – if Vitamin C can help you, but it can only help when taken before you start drinking or immediately after (together) with alcohol. So if you combine drinking water and taking Vitamin C every one or two drinks – there is a big chance, your next day will feel better. Be reasonable with how much of Vitamin C you take, but don’t be scared to take more than needed – your body doesn’t store ascorbic acid, so it will be flushed out easily.
No More Alcohol
This one is kind of obvious, but even though starting your next day with a drink will make you feel better instantly – while simply pushing your hangover symptoms further ahead. Raised alcohol levels in your bloodstream will not fix the fact that your kidney has some serious work to do and you are on a somewhat alcohol withdrawal, combined massive dehydration.
But the reason why you want to start your day with another drink shows us an underlying psychological concern… You might easily be an alcoholic. Having way too much to drink doesn’t make you an alcoholic, but drinking on the next day (even in the evening) – does. If you notice such behaviors from yourself, we recommend seeking professional advice in spite of the fact whether you believe you are an alcoholic or no. A second opinion is always a good start!
Don’t Take Pain Killers
Even though taking aspirin or ibuprofen will definitely help you get rid of your headache and/or some other tensions in your body – they all have some side effects that are actually amplified while alcohol is in your system. So you would just be doing your body big harm in the long run, while seeking a short term relief.
Just the as the exercise first thing in the morning, so as a real cold stream of water waking your body up will help you get over your hangover much faster. Just don’t overdo it, especially if you are not used to cold showers in general. Try switching between cold and warm water, just make sure that this “cold sensation” gets a second to run through all of your body. You will feel way much better after this is over!
Understand How Hangover Works
There are thousands of tips, tricks, hacks, and cheats when it comes to curing your hangover. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to understanding what actually is happening in your system while/after you are drinking and how to prepared yourself beforehand, to lower the side effects tomorrow.
First – alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more fluid than you are actually drinking. Yes. That’s why when you go to pee for the first time on the night, you can’t stop going again and again. This means your kidneys are failing to reabsorb water and kidneys are constantly just flushing all the excess of water from your system.
Also, while alcohol is present in your system – some of the antioxidant systems in your body that are solely responsible for fighting against inflammation are being shut down (thus the weird, swollen face you have in the morning!).
And lastly, being intoxicated with alcohol doesn’t allow you to have any REM sleep during the night. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep is where most of your dreaming happens and processes that happen during REM sleep are mostly responsible for you feeling well-rested when you wake up. The more alcohol you consumed, the worse your sleep will be – the more tired you will feel the next day.
Fun fact – REM sleep is also responsible for moving your short term memories into a long term memory part of your brain. This explains why we fail to remember what we did on the night before if we have been drinking.
All these factors come together to produce hangover symptoms we all know – nausea, headaches, tiredness, muscle aches, anxiety, depression, and, of course – dry mouth.
So with all these factors in mind – it is clear that the best defense is offense (in hungover case).
You have to change the way you think about a night out and take countermeasures on the night before, not the next morning after the damage has been done.
Booze up responsibly! 🧐