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Cure a Hangover with Five Simple Steps



Hangover Rob Sinclair

Having a hangover is no fun at all, but, sometimes, it’s hard to resist a fun night out with friends. If you wake up with your head pounding and your stomach sick, the below five steps should help you feel at least somewhat normal. Let’s only hope that you don’t have to be at work!


1. Drink Water
You should have been drinking at least one glass of water for every drink that you had last night, but this isn’t about last night – it’s about now, your hangover. As tempting as it might be to try a “hair of the dog,” don’t do it! Instead, force down as many fluids as possible. Water, juice, and sports drinks are all great places to start.


2. Sleep a Little Extra
If you’re hung over and it’s Saturday, then you lucked out! Sleep in as long as possible. If it’s a weekday and you have work soon, then try and sleep even just a tiny bit more than usual. Sleep really is the best way to beat a hangover and an extra five, ten, or fifteen minutes can make a huge difference in how you feel later in the day.


3. Eat Something
You might not feel like eating anything, but you have to! It will make you feel loads better. Bananas or other healthy fruits are the best route to go, but really anything will do – you just need food in your belly. Toast is a hangover favorite. Greasy food is too, and while it’s definitely not the best route to take, its food, and food is good for you in your current state.


4. Consider Pain Killers
Taking a pain killer for a hangover is hit or miss. If you have a splitting headache and need to be somewhere, then go for it. If not, then you should consider staying away. Most painkillers will help your head out but will likely make your stomach feel queasier. It is generally recommended to stay away from Tylenol and anything else with acetaminophen in it.


5. Take a Step Outside
You don’t have to exercise, but sitting outside for a few minutes and breathing fresh air will make your mind and your body feel much better. Your body (your brain) is starved for oxygen and the more you can get the better. If you’re a smoker, cut the cigs for the morning. They will only make you feel worse when you have a hangover.


You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, but the best way to deal with a hangover is by not getting one in the first place. With that said, the above five steps should help you offset the effects of a night of drinking by at least a little bit.


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