A night out is all fun and games until you wake up the next morning with a splitting headache. You’re dehydrated, you’ve got a headache and on top of it, you’re nauseous. All any hungover person wants is a quick fix to feel better immediately.
Everyone will tell you something different to kick a hangover. The truth is, most of the suggestions out there can make your symptoms worse. So, let’s go over what NOT to do when you’re hungover.
Sweating it Out
You’ve likely been told by several people that you should head to the gym to get rid of your hangover. The last thing anyone wants to do with an upset stomach is hopping on a treadmill. Not to mention you’re likely extremely dehydrated.
According to research, 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration as it is. Since alcohol is a diuretic, you will be urinating often and losing more fluids. So, exercising when you’re hungover can make matters worse and you’ll prolong the dehydration.
Laying Lifeless on the Couch
After a long night of drinking, laying on the couch sounds like a dream. Well, the trust is that it can prolong your hangover. Try to eat something, drink some water and take a walk. As we mentioned, take it easy and don’t turn it into a workout. Just get moving enough to energize yourself for the day.
When you have an upset stomach, eating is probably the last thing on your mind. You should avoid certain things like greasy cheeseburgers, but it’s important to get nutrients into your body. Eating will help to reduce how fast your body is absorbing and breaking down alcohol which is causing your hangover. Even if eating sounds horrible, it will do you good in the long run.
Staying Up to Wait Out the Drunk
When you’re really drunk, it might seem like a good idea to stay up until you sober up. This is going to make things much worse, and you won’t avoid a hangover. Doing this could make your hangover even worse because you’re depriving your body of sleep. When you’re tired, let your body rest.
Taking Too Many Painkillers
Tylenol and Ibuprofen are great painkillers. However, Acetaminophen is metabolized by the liver which can add pressure on your liver while Ibuprofen reduces your stomach’s protective mucous lining. It’s not to say you definitely shouldn’t take any painkillers, but to be aware of side effects. Time and rehydration are your best line of defense when you’re hungover.
Other Things to Consider
The best way to prevent a hangover is to drink less alcohol and also to slow down how fast you are drinking so your liver has a chance to metabolize the alcohol in your system. You could also consider trying natural hangover supplements that are designed to support recovery. But whatever you try, it’s important to realize that there is no real cure for a hangover!
To sum it up, avoiding a hangover can be inevitable. Once you have one, you can avoid making things worse by eating a healthy meal, moving around, and starting your day. Laying there like a lump, or trying to sweat it out at the gym will do you know good.
Always drink responsibly. And if you have bad hangovers, set a limit of drinks and stick to it!