No-one likes a hangover do they? And try as we might it’s so darn hard to get rid of the silent killers, that have us head in hands on tube or downing coffee like it’s about to sell out. They’re the product of an “out, outtt” night and the product of a “let’s just got for one drink” kinda night, but whether it’s one drink or ten, they always find some way of beating us black and blue come the morning. So we thought why not round up some ideas that’ll help the sore heads to turn into happy ones.
Staying hydrated is extremely key to ridding yourself of the hangover blues. Ever heard the old wives tale that drinking a glass of water in-between drinks is a great idea? Turns out it was far from a tale! We agree, it’s pretty hard to remember mid grinding to Nelly, Mojito in hand. However, if you do find some clarity in the club, take yourself off to the bar and grab a glass…of water, you cheeky thing. Also down some water before and after the night. It might mean a few mad rushes to the toilet mid-sleep, but we’d take that alternative over a beating head any day.
We Recommend: Sipping water all day. There’s no specific recommendation when it comes to how much water you should drink to get rid of a hangover, but keeping hydrated is a great idea. Juice, herbal tea, milk, vegetable broth, sparkling water or soft drinks are also fine. If you need to perk up, drinking caffeinated beverages like coffee or black tea can work a treat!
How easy is it to hit the snooze button after a night out? This is why it’s best not to drink on school night’s kids. Sleep is super important to help get rid of a hangover and getting those eight hours in is highly recommended. Whilst you might think sleeping through your alarm only to be the one running into the office in last night’s clothes with greasy hair, several American’s and sunglasses, we’ve all been there therefore you’re very likely going to be caught out. Tut, tut. Whilst it is good to get up (at some point) and face last night’s debauchery head on, it’s equally as important to get that sleep in, so if you think you’re going to struggle in the morning, do a good old Irish goodbye and hit the sack at a decent hour.
We Recommend: Put your phone on the other side of the room and force yourself to get out of bed, your head might be banging to the same tune as last night’s club, but fix up, look sharp and you’ll be feeling less sorry for yourself in no time.
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Granted there were a few grimaces around the office upon trying it, but boy did we feel good after – posing the question of whether we were all hungover…Ingredients include pure Canadian maple syrup, Vitamin C, Electrolytes, Milk Thistle, Nopal Cactus and… yes, sounds pretty unique right?
We Recommend: Drink as soon as you wake up, don’t waste any time!!
Put your hands up if you’ve woken up mid-way through a night out and found a greasy plate of who even knows accompanied by a half eaten kebab with mayo and salad pouring out the sides? Eating is a crucial part of your night because alcohol seeps through our tummy walls super fast, so the less that is in there the faster it will enter your bloodstream. Basically, if you’ve ever had two drinks and wondered why you can’t walk straight you haven’t eaten enough. So what do we suggest?
Before: Whilst food for some seems like effort during a night out – yes we have heard the phrase “eating is cheating” – it’s a great idea to grab a snack at the pub; from olives to camembert or anything else light but food related, eating will aid your functioning the next day.
During: Chicken will give your liver a good supply of amino acids that are used to metabolise and remove alcohol, so this might be a better incentive than opting for the kebab. Nando’s fans rejoice!
After: It’s at this point that you’re probably going to punt for the most random items in your cupboard and make them into some form of meal. However, if you have a little more sense then a pint of water and a pinch of salt is the real winner!
We Recommend: Avoid greasy food like chips and kebabs on a night out, because they tend to weigh you down the following day, making you feel worse as opposed to better (plus they expand your waistline so it’s a win, win).
Dragging yourself to the gym can actually work wonders on a hangover. It sounds super hard, and the thought of actually getting there might make your head pound even more. However, exercise can help you to (slightly) sweat out a hangover. Doing something gentle can make you feel a little better, but it’s also encouraged to not push it too hard – firstly because you’re likely to be dehydrated already without making it worse and secondly because a hangover makes you a lot more clumsy. So, if you don’t want to drop the weights on your foot, something gentle might be just what you need to feel a little better, once your stomach has settled down. Stick with lighter workouts like stretching or yoga and replace the nutrients in your body too. Even if you’re there for five mins, you lazy thing, you’ll feel better than having done nothing – or so we hope!
We Recommend: Here is the hangover work out you need to be doing
5. Pain Medification
When all else fails, self medication comes into play. Painkillers can help with headaches and muscle cramps so that’s Ibuprofen, Paracetamol and Aspirin but find more information here.
We Recommend: Sugary foods make you feel less trembly or Bouillon soup, a thin vegetable-based broth, is a good source of vitamins and minerals, which can top up depleted resources.