I just woke up and I’m hungover. Now what? There has to be something I can do! After waking up, there are many things you can and should do to begin the hangover recovery process. Here are 10 tips to get you feeling better soon:
These first 5 suggestions for hangover recovery are recommended immediately after getting out of bed:
1) Rehydrate your body with plenty of fluids. Drink plenty of purified or spring water immediately after waking up and continue throughout the morning. Tomato juice (such as V8) and other fresh fruit juices are also very effective liquids. Sports drinks, such as Gatorade or Powerade, often speed up the body’s replenishment process by including electrolytes and other essential vitamins. Herbal teas like ginger tea, peppermint tea, and chamomile tea can work wonders for a hangover-laden stomach.
2) Make sure you eat a decent breakfast, especially if your stomach is relatively empty from the night before. Avoid foods with a lot of starch, animal fats, or fats. A greasy hot dog in the morning can make hangover symptoms psychologically or physically worse! Lying down briefly after eating breakfast can help calm your stomach and speed up the hangover healing process.
3) With your breakfast, be sure to take vitamins, minerals, and herbal remedies. Panax Ginseng can enhance mental alertness (and physical stamina). Milk thistle root and dandelion herbs can detoxify your liver. The minerals Magnesium and Calcium can replace nutrients lost due to alcohol consumption. Finally, all the B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Acidophilus can speed up the healing process.
4) Try not to go overboard with aspirin, ibuprofen, etc. It’s easy to think that you need more than what is prescribed on the bottle, but often only a small amount will suffice. Try to avoid stronger prescription pain relievers, as they can be more addictive and have unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness. NOTE: Acetaminophen, a pain reliever, has been linked to liver damage, so drinkers should avoid this drug.
5) Just ‘sleep’ (if you can). After being awake and suffering for a while, consider going back to sleep (if you don’t have any unfinished business). A good nap after breakfast, an aspirin, some water, etc. sometimes speeds up the healing process. Just an hour or two back in bed may be what the doctor ordered. Consider using an alternative sleep aid, such as soft music, to help you get more rest. Also, always have an eye mask on hand to block out unwanted light.
Here are 3 less conventional, but possibly effective solutions to your hangover dilemma:
1) “Will” to exercise. This can be very difficult in the midst of feeling ‘bored’, but if you can get past your feelings and lack of morning motivation, try exercising in any way you can. Getting your body moving ultimately energizes your spirit and mental alertness and possibly helps your body eliminate excess alcohol and toxins more quickly. An easy way to invigorate your body and mind is to take a brisk walk around the block.
2) Consider chewing gum aggressively, but don’t overdo it. By chewing quick gum or chewing multiple pieces at once, you may be temporarily more alert by increasing blood flow around your head and brain area. Obviously, don’t chew if you have dental problems. Also, avoid chewing for too long – your jaw muscles can get tired or sore, possibly leading to another headache.
3) Fill your sink with ice and water and keep dipping your head in and out until you’ve had enough. It is sure to revitalize your senses! An icy shower can also have similar effects.
1) If you have a nasty headache, try using an ice pack on your forehead. Not only can this help with your headache, but the chill could actually help shake your overall system into overdrive. If you don’t have an ice pack, please do so by filling a resealable plastic bag with ice.
2) Just give it time. One of the best remedies is to give your hangover time to heal. The severity or duration of a hangover varies based on a number of intangibles, such as exactly how much, what, and how fast you drank your alcoholic beverage, the amount of time you slept the night before, and the amount of food you mixed with your beverage. Generally, your hangover will peak within the first 2 hours after waking up and will improve steadily throughout the day. The average person will be free of most hangover symptoms by mid-afternoon or early evening.
As you can see, there are many ways to recover fairly quickly from terrible morning hangovers, ranging from scientifically proven common sense to the most radical wisdom. The biggest obstacle is having the “will” to overcome what ails you. With these tips, you can easily reduce your recovery time by 50 percent or more.