How To Reduce The Pain Of A Hangover

I’m currently writing this post in bed, wrapped in a dressing gown, with the headache that’s been plaguing me all day finally subsiding. How did I get here you ask? Well, I’ll start from the beginning.

It all started at about 4pm yesterday, when a last-minute plan was made to head to a campus bar for a few drinks, you know to de-stress during the exam period. It was all going well, and we decided to make a detour via a bus to town on our way home. Next thing you know, after visiting some more bars, it’s 2:30am and we’re sat in front of a share box of chicken nuggets wondering where it all went wrong!

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*Here is a photo of myself and the gang at around 1am*

It’s safe to say I’m feeling delicate today and I’ve spent the whole day in bed either sleeping or a feeling a bit sorry for myself. However, with the gift of hindsight I’ve come to realise that I would’ve made myself feel way better with a bit of effort, so I’ve decided to draw up a list of tips to help get rid of hangovers that you (and most likely me as well) can rely on to help you through the morning after, the night before.

Number One: WATER WATER WATER

This tip needs to start before you go to bed after getting home from a night out. No matter how tired you are, always drink at least a large (even two if you can stomach it) glass of water before heading off to sleep. Alcohol de-hydrates you like nobody’s business so topping up on some H20 might make the next morning a little bit easier. When you wake up, have some more water. In fact, drink as much as you can throughout the day. It will really help flush the alcohol out of your body.

Number Two: Shower

Shower’s can help all sorts of problems in my opinion. Stressed? have a shower. Tired? Shower. Hungover? SHOWER!. Not only will the hot steam help with the dreaded headache but a nice long shower will wake you up and hopefully transform you into something resembling functional after a wild night.

Number Three: A Good Breakfast

The first thing I ate this morning was a Pizza Hut dessert my boyfriend bought me last night, not really the most nutritious meal in the world, but hey! I was feeling fragile, don’t judge! You don’t have to have a super healthy breakfast but something that is an actual meal will probably help in the not-feeling-super-rubbish department. There are little ways to make classic hangover foods just that little bit better for you. For example, have a bacon sandwich on brown bread rather than white. Or get a vegetarian pizza rather than a pepperoni (I’ll admit this one’s a stretch but it’s better than nothing!)

Number Four: Sports Drinks 

Still feeling a bit rubbish? Well, an isotonic sports drink can really put the spring back in your step. I don’t claim to understand the science behind this tip but after a night of heavy drinking any form of sports drink can really help you perk up! While you’re at it, maybe grab a yummy smoothie or fruit juice along with your sports drink, that way you’re also getting some fruit and veg with your pick-me-up.

Number Five: Accept That The Day Might Be Lost

If after all this you still feel like doing anything more than lying down is too much then try not to stress; it happens to the best of us. It’s okay to let go and have a day to recuperate from the previous nights antics and just wait out your hangover. Turn it into a self-care day Do a face mask, watch a film; anything that makes you feel good, do it!

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