Having a big night out with your friends? Don’t want to spend the next day in bed with a crippling headache and unbearable stomach pains? These hangover prevention tips should do the trick…
You’ve woken up from a heavy night out. Not only do you have your phone blowing up with messages from your friends about what happened, but you also have the worst hangover known to man. On top of all this, you promised yourself you’d have a productive day and go to all your lectures. It’s easy to just keep the curtains drawn and hibernate under your duvet for the next 24 hours, but I have some tips to make the hangover just a little bit more bearable. You never know, you could make that 1 pm lecture feeling as good as new.
I know you’ve probably heard this many times before, but hydration is the key to curing a hangover (or at least reducing it). Try to remember to drink at least a pint of water before you go to sleep after your night out. If you’ve forgotten to do this, keep a refillable water bottle with you throughout the day and drink up to re-hydrate and get rid of all the toxins in your body.
Water alone, however, isn’t always enough – the alcohol you have consumed has led to the depletion of the important vitamins and minerals in your body. Sports drinks or fruit juices should do the trick.
This seems obvious, but eating will dramatically ease the symptoms of your hangover, and breakfast being the ‘most important meal of the day’ is crucial when it comes to hangovers. I am sure many of you are under the impression that a full English breakfast is satisfactory, but this has been proven to be a bit of a myth. As I said earlier, your body is lacking vitamins and minerals, so it is advised to eat nutrient-rich foods, such as fruit, cereal and toast .
It pains me to say this, but time is also the best healer when it comes to hangovers. In order to speed this up, having a few power naps throughout the day will enable your body to regenerate, as your body will struggle to fight off the hangover if you’ve only had 3 hours sleep.
This is always a last resort for me, but if the above tips don’t seem to be working, then paracetamol or ibuprofen will ease the symptoms and hopefully get rid of that unbearable headache you think will never end.
Hair of the dog is a myth…
It has been commonly suggested to just keep drinking alcohol the next day to get rid of your hangover, and while this might be a short-term fix, it will only delay the symptoms to perhaps the next day and most of the time make them worse than they initially would be. So, in my opinion, treat your body to hydration and nutrition to ease the pain.