6 Tips for How To Get Over a Hangover
June 30, 2022
That night of drinking was fun, but the next morning not so much. A pounding headache, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration are just some symptoms of a hangover. Having a hangover makes it hard to go about your day normally, and can take a while to go away if not treated properly.
Dehydration is one of the main reasons hangovers are so uncomfortable. Without adequate hydration in your body, all of your system’s processes have to work harder to circulate nutrients to your organs. While the only real hangover cure is time, this article offers some helpful tips for getting through those morning-after blues.
What Is a Hangover?
If you've woken up with a hangover after a night spent drinking alcohol, you’ve probably wanted it to disappear instantly. We get it: there’s nothing enjoyable about being hungover and waking up to a pounding headache. Not to mention, not knowing how long it will last.
Heavy drinking and too little water are a terrible combination. Your body will feel side effects like dry mouth or stomach pain the morning after. Since alcohol is a diuretic, it can increase your need to go to the bathroom.
If you don’t replenish the amount of fluids your body is losing, you’ll get dehydrated. What comes with that dehydration? Typically a headache, nausea, and even the shakes. That’s why it’s a good idea to sip on a glass of water. Keep reading for helpful hangover remedies to get over your alcohol withdrawal.
Tip #1: Monitor Your Drinking the Night Before
Before the hangover even begins, the best way to prevent a hangover is to monitor your alcohol consumption. Make sure that if you are drinking, you are consuming at least as much, if not more, water than alcohol. Again, since alcohol is a diuretic, it will cause you to urinate more. That fluid loss can have consequences if you don’t hydrate.
So monitor how much alcohol you are consuming. Try to spread your drinks out throughout the night, and consume water in-between every alcoholic drink.
Tip #2: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Hydration is key when it comes to avoiding a hangover – and the need to rehydrate is the answer to getting over one. As previously mentioned, your body is dehydrated is the number one reason why you’re likely to get a hangover.
Think about the symptoms of dehydration: head and neck tension, dizziness, and nausea. These symptoms are all part of a hangover, and can be easily avoided if you not only monitor your alcohol intake in the first place but prioritize staying as hydrated as possible.
If, however, you already have a hangover, hydration is even more critical. Once you’re at the point of experiencing the symptoms of a hangover, you’ll want to prioritize hydration. Drink water to replenish your dehydrated body, and include electrolyte-enhanced beverages if possible.
Try to stay away from sugar-packed beverages (as a lot of sports drinks or electrolyte-enhanced beverages have) to avoid further affecting your blood sugar levels with your already-depleted system.
Tip #3: Can’t Keep Fluids Down? Try Intravenous Hydration
At The I.V. Doc, we offer a number of intravenous fluid relief options that could help you feel better. If you are unable to keep fluids down, we suggest one of our hangover therapies.
Our Rescue therapy is a luxury treatment that is delivered to you in the comfort of your home, office, or hotel room. Also known as the “Deathbed Treatment,” this therapy is packed with anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory, and anti-heartburn relief that helps relieve your upset stomach, and pounding headache, all while hydrating you.
There’s no reason why you should be stuck in bed all day with a hangover, when you can schedule an IV therapy to rehydrate from the comfort of your own home. Do more with your day with a quick, discrete, and high-impact hydration.
Tip #4: Nourish Your Body
Though the multi-course brunch with bottomless mimosas or a shot of tequila might seem tempting after a night out, the “hair of the dog” treatment has been disproven as an effective way to cure a hangover. Adding more alcohol to your system makes little sense if you’re trying to replenish lost nutrients in your body.
While a breakfast sandwich might also seem appealing, high levels of sugar and salt can do more harm than good when you’re trying to recover. Instead, opt for high-protein options that can keep you feeling full, while not overwhelming your system.
If you’re feeling too nauseous to eat, try some toast or pretzels that are sure to be light on your stomach, while still getting some nutrition into your body. It may be tempting to take something to relieve a pain reliever, but in order to do so, you should put some food in your body first.
Tip #5: Take It Easy
While this may seem like an obvious tip, resting after a big night out cannot be understated. Depending on the severity of hangovers, rest might be all you can do, though others might be tempted to join friends for brunch or head to the beach for an afternoon.
However, you want to prioritize getting – and staying – hydrated, and exercise or sun exposure can easily dehydrate your body.
Take it easy, rest in bed, and get in some light exercise when you are feeling better. The most important factor in treating a hangover is time. But instead of just waiting it out and feeling awful, prioritize hydrating effectively and resting.
With The I.V. Doc’s services delivered to your home, you don’t have to worry about your rest being disrupted. Our team of medical professionals will discretely arrive at your home or office, provide medical advice and treatment, and let you continue on with your day.
Resting after excessive alcohol use – even after hydrating and eating – is key, as your body is trying to recalibrate back to wellness.
Tip #6: Eat Foods That Can Help
Some people believe that ginger can help with nausea, so if you’re feeling queasy, try drinking some ginger tea. Again, you’ll want to keep it light on how much sugar and salt you consume, but if you’re unable to find fresh ginger, some people say that chewing on some ginger candies is a good substitute.
If you’re still craving a breakfast sandwich, try some eggs on a slice of whole-grain toast. Eggs are rich in magnesium and L-cysteine, which is a protein that breaks down a byproduct of alcohol produced when metabolized by your body.
By getting some protein and carbohydrates into your system, your body will regain some of the nourishment that it’s lacking.
Lastly, smoothies are always a great option, particularly if you’re having a hard time consuming solid carb-filled foods. Fresh fruits and veggies can be whirled together with hydrating coconut water or protein-rich almond milk for a beverage that will help your body regain strength.
The Bottom Line
Hangovers aren’t an enjoyable experience, but they don’t have to last all day. With adequate hydration, and replenishing lost nutrients in your body, your hangover symptoms will eventually subside. If you’re experiencing a terrible hangover, or aren’t able to keep food down due to nausea, The I.V. Doc has you covered.
With discrete luxury service delivered by a team of medical professionals, you can receive intravenous therapy from the privacy of your home. It’s a simple way to get back on the road to wellness.