With three bank holidays this May, the chances are you’ve been doing quite a bit of drinking as you celebrate the long weekends with family or friends. There’s one more bank holiday to go, so if you don’t want to suffer from a horrible hangover on your extra day off work, read our tips.
One of the reasons you wake up with a horrible headache after a night of drinking is because you’re dehydrated.
That is why Drinkaware suggests drinking lots of water in between boozy beverages to avoid getting dehydrated. However, when caught up in the moment, many people forget to drink water or soft drinks, as well as beer, wine, or cocktails.
Taking rehydration tablets helps to counteract this dehydration and replenishes the minerals and salt you have lost. This can get rid of the headache, nausea and groggy feeling most people associate with a hangover. As well as taking the tablets, make sure you drink plenty of water, as this will help rehydrate your body faster.
Eat plenty of carbs
Drinking alcohol is known to reduce blood sugar levels. At the same time, it is easy to forget to eat when you’re drinking, which causes levels to dip even more. That is why you may experience headaches, nausea and fatigue, as your blood sugar is lower than usual.
Therefore, you need to get some food in you as soon as possible in the form of healthy carbohydrates. There is a lot of debate about what is best to eat when suffering with a hangover, as some experts say bland beige food that won’t aggravate the stomach are ideal choices.
Maggie Michalczyk, a food blogger from Chicago, told Everyday Health readers to eat eggs to restore B vitamins, turkey bacon for protein, and a whole-grain English muffin for carbs. She also recommended chicken noodle soup, as it is “hydrating and salty, which will help satisfy that craving”. It also contains plenty of carbs, protein, vitamins and minerals that will provide energy and replenish lost nutrients.
Hit the gym
Working out might feel like the last thing you want to do when you’ve had little sleep, but it could help get rid of your hangover in no time.
This is because it increases oxygen flow to the brain, helps to clear out toxins, and boosts hormones that keeps the body energised.
However, it is wise to avoid high intensity exercise or weight training, as vision, coordination and decision-making will be impaired from all the booze. Instead, focus on low- or moderate-intensity workouts.
Additionally, make sure you drink a greater amount of water than usual when training to avoid losing even more fluid, as the body is already dehydrated.
Sleep it off
On the other hand, if you are too exhausted to workout, then listen to your body and just rest. One of the reasons people feel awful after a night of drinking is because they have come back late and lost out on hours of sleep.
What’s more, alcohol can reduce the quality of sleep, so even if you’re in bed for ages, you might not be getting as much rest as you need.
So, if you can, turn off the alarm and sleep for as long as possible. Alternatively, try to grab a nap later in the day and give your body the rest it needs to recover.