If you’ve had a long night of drinking, you may experience a hangover the following day. Hangovers are a combination of symptoms that remind us about the previous night’s overindulgence. Symptoms may include headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, and nausea.
Some people may experience cardiovascular symptoms, including higher blood pressure, heart rate, and heart palpitations. Others may notice their nervous system is overstimulated, activating the fight or flight mode. Light and sound sensitivity, and vertigo are also common symptoms of a hangover.
After you have been drinking alcohol, your brain’s activity during sleep changes, so having a hangover may partially be due to sleep deprivation. It can mess up hormones and disturb the body’s circadian rhythm. What are some ways to feel better after excessive drinking?
Rehydrate by Drinking Fluids
When you drink alcohol, it promotes frequent urination because it stops the release of a hormone that lessens the volume of urine produced by the kidneys. If you have been vomiting, sweating, or having diarrhea, this can lead to increased dehydration.
Even though it may be hard to drink anything when you’re nauseated, drinking slow sips of water may help rehydrate your body after a night of heavy drinking. If you know that you’ll be drinking at night, increasing water consumption during the day can help hedge off the dehydration that can occur from a night of drinking alcohol.
Eat Carbohydrates after Drinking Alcohol
Since drinking lowers blood sugar levels, some headaches and fatigue that come with a hangover may be related to the brain working with insufficient carbohydrates. When people drink, they may forget to eat, also lowering their blood sugar.
Eating carbohydrates has been rumored to “soak up” some alcohol and relieve symptoms. Carbohydrates are easy for the body to digest, so if you’re experiencing nausea and vomiting, they can be a safer choice than other foods.
Replenish Electrolytes after Drinking Alcohol
Electrolytes include magnesium, potassium, and sodium, which may help keep headaches and other hangover symptoms at bay. These essential nutrients are depleted after a night of drinking, so it’s important to replenish them the next day.
Many electrolyte powders are available, so choosing your favorite flavor is easy. If you don’t have electrolyte powder on hand, using a good quality salt such as Himalayan salt with lemon juice can help replenish electrolytes. Coconut water is also a good option, as it is high in potassium. If you’re too nauseous to eat, drinking liquids is essential for preventing dehydration.
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