If there’s a night you don’t want to remember, it’s going to be New Year’s Eve. Chances are you don’t have to return to the office or school just yet, and it’s the one night of the year where it’s socially acceptable to dress like a disco ball. You probably spent the night toasting to the new year, trying to forget the past one and making yourself feel better after getting crappy gifts on Christmas… In other words, you drank, a lot.
If you’re anything like us, you’re going to want to forget all the “new year, new me” memes, and try not to beat yourself up about not having thought of any resolutions yet. While you might have had the best night of your life, or as much as you can remember of it, you’re probably left with a brutal hangover. And while you’ve already had a little time to recover, a New Year’s Eve hangover tends to last forever. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Below, eight tips to help cure that headache, nausea and everything in between.
1. Do stay hydrated.
If you forgot to drink water during the night, you’ll need to make up for it by drinking as much H2O as you can to relieve any headaches or nausea. Juice or Gatorade also work but remember to skip the sugary Starbucks.
2. Do drink tea.
While you probably never want to ingest any liquids again, ginger or peppermint tea have been found to be the most effective of teas in curing hangovers. Ginger (whether in liquid or solid form) is especially known for relieving any nausea you may have.
3. Do eat more vegetables.
Be kind to your liver and eat some asparagus, which has been found to help break down any alcohol left in your system and alleviate any damage that your drinks may have caused.
4. Do eat more banana and pretzels.
High in salt and potassium, these foods prevent further dehydration and will help you recover faster. The sugar in bananas will help restore your blood sugar level.
5. Do get some (minimal) exercise.
While the last thing you want to do is move from your bed, going for a quick jog or doing some yoga can help your blood flow and speed up the process of toxins leaving your system.
6. Don’t reach for any greasy meals.
It’s a common misconception that a greasy meal may help absorb the alcohol left in your system. But when it comes to hangovers, eating light has proven to be the better route. Take it easy on your body by eating foods that are easy to digest, like toast, crackers, or cereal.
7. Don’t think that pills are always the cure.
Any pain meds will only bring short-term relief and, depending on your hangover, they may not work for everyone. Take the natural route instead and focus on what you eat and drink. If you really think you need some medicine, stick to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen.
8. Don’t skip out on sleep.
While alcohol is thought to help us sleep better, it only really helps with making us snooze quicker. After a few hours, the effect wears off and it won’t be long before our sleep is disrupted.