Morning-after tips, tricks




Emma Anderson

We have all been there. 

We have gone out the night before, had a little too much to drink and are now are trying to “rally” and get our hungover selves to work or class. While drinking irresponsibility is never the best option, there are some helpful tips and tricks from Janae Jacobsen, nurse practitioner, that will get you through the next day.

Eat before, during and after. 

Eating before you go out or grabbing some food in between house parties can prevent feeling sick the next day. Eating can help maintain your blood sugar levels which can run low due to vomiting after excessive drinking or in general not having enough food in your system. Lowered blood sugar can also contribute to typical hangover symptoms such as nausea, fatigue and weakness. 

Get some sleep. 

While alcohol tends to affect what could have been a good night’s sleep, it’s important to try and get as much as possible if you have big plans the next day. In fact, not getting much sleep can actually worsen hangover traits such as headaches and irritability. 

Hydration is key. 

The more unfortunate sides of a hangover include vomiting, diarrhea and sweating — which can quickly lead to dehydration. Occasionally sipping on some water, or better yet Gatorade, between shots throughout the night can prevent a lot of regret in the morning. 

Pain relievers are your friends. 

Taking an Ibuprofen before bed or right away in the morning can help combat a headache and general body aches. However, pain relievers can be tough on the stomach, so make sure you read the labels beforehand and avoid Tylenol altogether which is processed by the liver.  

Don’t drink. 

I know, I know. I have to include this one because it doesn’t take a genius to know that the best way to avoid a hangover is to avoid alcohol.