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How You Should Actually Treat A Nasty Hangover
Alcohol dehydrates you, which leads to your worst hangover symptoms, so you should start rehydrating as soon as you wake up from a night of drinking. Stick to water or sports drinks with added electrolytes, as they can help you hydrate more quickly.
Eat Something
Eating soon after waking up can make you feel slightly more human by boosting your blood sugar levels. Research suggests that fruit may be one of the best foods for your hangover, and if you’re feeling nauseous, stick to the “BRAT” diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.
Avoid Alcohol
While some may swear by drinking more alcohol to ease hangover symptoms, experts say this can do more harm than good. The “hair of the dog” approach essentially just delays the inevitable, so it’s best to avoid alcohol until your body has a chance to recover.
Take A Pain Reliever
If you wake up with a hangover, skip the Tylenol and reach for a bottle of NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen instead. In fact, taking a pain reliever with a glass of water before you go to sleep might even prevent a hangover altogether.
Sleep It Off
According to Dr. David Seitz, MD, “Ultimately, the best way to get rid of a hangover is to let it run its course and allow your body time to recover.” Oftentimes, this simply means keeping yourself comfortable and letting yourself sleep until you feel better.