If you’re the kind of person who hits the bottle a little too hard on New Year’s Eve, chances are you’ll be feeling a little worse for wear when New Year’s Day rolls around.
Or perhaps you’re the sensible person in your family who doesn’t drink, but has to deal with your loved ones and their sore heads.
While many people around the country turn to booze to ring in the new year, it can also mean that 2018 is off to a rough start for many.
Thankfully, there is an array of tips that many people swear by when it comes to curing a hangover. While there is no “one size fits all”, these tips are widely acknowledged for getting people back to good health.
One of the most obvious and most effective ways to prevent a hangover is to limit your alcohol intake. While this advice may be a little too late if you’ve already consumed large amount of grog, it is something important to remember for next time!
The side effects associated with a hangover increase with the more alcohol you consume, so pacing yourself and cutting back is a sure-fire way of reducing the after-effects.
Of course, factors such as age, weight and the kind of alcohol you consume will also impact how your body reacts to alcohol. If unsure, be sure to drink plenty of water in between drinks to ensure you remain hydrated.
Despite its liquid form, alcohol is known to cause dehydration. Furthermore, if you’re sweating or vomiting, your body is losing even more fluid and electrolytes, causing your body to go into shutdown and resulting in painful headaches and other symptoms associated with a hangover.
If you haven’t drunk water between alcoholic beverages, it’s vital to drink water the next morning. Water is going to be the quickest way to prevent dehydration and keep your fluids up. When possible, try and avoid sugary drinks.
If you’ve been told to wake up early and to try and power through the day after indulging in alcohol, this advice may not be entirely true. By avoiding sleep, you could actually be making the symptoms of your hangover worse.
If you’re experiencing a headache or you’re feeling irritated, try and rest it off or have a sleep. It’s also important to be well-rested before consuming large amounts of alcohol, just to ensure your body is well-prepared when your sleep is disrupted, which can often happen when drinking.
This is one of the more well-known cures of a hangover, but it’s one that actually works.
While it can be hard to stomach a delicious meal when you’re feeling under the weather, it’s important to do so to maintain your blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar is too low, you may experience things like weakness or that awful nauseas feeling.
When you drink, you’re effectively messing with the balance of the levels, which is what results in vomiting or feeling run down.
By eating a nutritious meal, you’re filling your body with good things like vitamins and minerals so it can get back to working normal after a big night.
While getting rest is important, staying active and getting fresh air is another way to beat a hangover. You don’t have to do anything too extreme, but going for a walk or taking a dip in the pool could do the trick.
There’s a myth that drinking more alcohol the next day is going to make you feel better, but this simply isn’t the case. Rather than fuelling your body with what it needs to feel better, you’re simply giving your body a temporary-fix and contributing to the problem that will make you feel worse later.