Got a pounding head and waves of nausea? If you’ve tossed back a few too many, here are five things to help lift the fog.
1. Drink plenty of fluid
Because drinking alcohol dehydrates your body, try sipping cool water for at least four hours after waking. Or give soda water, weak black tea or herbal tea a go. Sports drinks or juice half diluted with water can also help.
2. Eat something light
Try eating small mouthfuls of plain rice, or a bite of toast smeared with spread or Vegemite. Or opt for a spoonful of grated or puréed apple, some canned fruit, custard or plain yoghurt. If it stays down, eat a little more.
3. Go for eggs
If you’re able to eat, cook up some eggs. The yolks are rich in cysteine, an amino acid that is thought to break down acetaldehyde. This is produced when the liver processes alcohol, and it causes some hangover symptoms.
4. Rest and sleep
If you can, stay in bed and ‘sleep it off’. Alcohol interferes with a good night’s sleep.
5. Ice your head
Yes, it’s old-fashioned, but it works. Place a bag of frozen peas on your head or forehead for a minute or two. This reduces the swelling and inflammation that is triggering your sore head.
The bottom line
During the holiday season, it can be easy to overindulge. So next time, alternate alcoholic drinks with water or a non-alcoholic drink. And always eat beforehand. But if you do arrive home a little tipsy, drinking a big glass of water before you sleep will help reduce your symptoms.