Hangovers are the body's way of reminding people about the hazards of overindulgence last night. From pounding headaches to stomach pain, fatigue, drowsiness and irritability, many of us are all too familiar with the long list of hangover symptoms that often follow after a night of heavy drinking. Fortunately, there are several ways to relieve symptoms of a hangover, as well as steps you can take to prevent or limit it without hindering your drinking plans. Here are a few evidence backed ways to prevent or relieve your next hangover.
Ways To Prevent And Treat Hangover
1. Stay hydrated
Drinking alcohol leads to dehydration. However, dehydration is not the only cause of a hangover but it also contributes to many common hangover symptoms, such as increased thirst, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. Therefore, increasing your water intake may alleviate a few symptoms of hangover and potentially prevent them as well. It is also suggested that you stay hydrated throughout the next day.
2. Adequate sleep
Alcohol tends to cause disturbances to your sleep and sleeping patterns. The quality and duration of sleep seemingly decreases if you are an avid drinker. Lack of sleep does not cause hangovers, but it can make them worse. Symptoms like headache, fatigue and irritability become worse as a result of inadequate sleep. Therefore, getting a good night's sleep allows the body and mind to rejuvenate thereby making hangovers bearable.
3. Wholesome breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we all know that. However, after a heavy night of drinking, breakfast becomes an essential. A wholesome breakfast helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels of the body thereby making it one of the best and easiest remedies for a hangover. A NCBI study also suggest that maintaining adequate blood sugar levels could mitigate some of the bodily changes that occur with alcohol consumption, including the buildup of acid in the blood. Eating more zinc-rich food items such as nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy products, and whole grains are associated with decreased hangover severity.
There are many well-known hangover cures, a few of them also are backed by science. However, there are several evidence-based ways as well to avoid and limit the unpleasant symptoms that typically follow a night of drinking. Therefore, strategies like staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, eating a good wholesome breakfast, drinking in moderation, limiting high congener drinks, and taking certain supplements or medications may help the severity of hangovers.
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