What are the Most Common Hangover Symptoms and How to Prevent Them

Ok, you did it again. You decided to go out and have some drinks with your friends, and now you are paying the price. Waking up in the morning with a pounding head and upset stomach should not be what happens after an evening of fun and laughter. No one wants to suffer the annoying and awful early morning symptoms of a hangover.

Everyone should be able to enjoy the company of friends and blow off steam by having some drinks once in a while, but why does it always have to end with a hangover. Some ways could prevent a hangover and help you out of this vicious cycle.

Paying attention to what you are drinking and taking a few precautions could help you get ahead of your hangover and minimize your symptoms.

Why do you get a hangover?

Every single person’s body has its way of dealing with a hangover. There are key factors that determine how you will react to consuming alcohol. One of the main factors to consider is how much you drink. No matter your age, weight, and physical condition, you will feel the symptoms taking over if you drink way too much.

Before taking that first sip of alcohol, think about any medications you may be on and how they can react with your drink. Other factors to consider are your age, how often you drink, and whether you are mixing drinks or sticking with the same one all night. If you start your evening with a mixed drink and then switch over to a beer or a glass of wine and then back again, your body can have a bad reaction to all the different types of alcohol in your system.

Ten common hangover symptoms

The symptoms of a hangover can vary in every individual. They can be light, moderate, or severe. Understanding why your body reacts the way it does and learning how to cope with your symptoms is the key to occasionally enjoying a few drinks.

Nausea and vomiting

This would have to be at the top of the worst hangover symptom list. Feeling nauseous and vomiting is probably the worst kind of feeling imaginable. No one wants to do it, and all we think about is how to make the feeling disappear as fast as possible.

Drinking is known to irritate your stomach and intestines due to the acid released into your stomach. You could develop stomach ulcers if you drink and have hangover symptoms frequently.

Cottonmouth

Having a mouth so severely dry that it tastes like you are swallowing cotton is a very common symptom of a hangover. Drinking alcohol acts as a diuretic. You will experience frequent urination, which is your body’s way of trying to remove toxins from your bloodstream.

Overly tired

Many of us go out for a night of drinking and want to have fun and dance, but we end up being super tired instead. Alcohol acts as a sedative and will make you drowsy and relaxed. This feeling of fatigue is not the same for everyone.

Poor sleep

Consuming too much alcohol can increase your snoring habits and worsen sleep apnea symptoms. Your body wakes up and becomes restless because it cannot get proper REM sleep due to a lack of water.

Increased heart rate

Many feel that their heart rate increases after drinking a few drinks. If you find this happening to you, this is usually a sign that you are drinking too much alcohol, and you should give your heart a rest.

The more you drink, the faster your heart will race, which is never a good stressor to put on your body.

Dizziness

Alcohol is known to cause dehydration, and symptoms of dehydration can cause a person to feel dizzy or have vertigo. You should also never mix alcohol with medication because that will lead to dizziness as well as other harsh symptoms.

Headache

A headache is probably one of the most common hangover symptoms. Many people who spend a night drinking may wake up feeling fine except for the one annoyance of a headache. More often, you are reaching for the aspirin when you wake up after a night out.

A headache after a hangover is caused by dehydration. Your body needs water, and alcohol constantly flushes out the water because it acts as a diuretic.

Sensitivity to light

I know we have all wanted to put on the sunglasses or pull the blinds down in our bright room after a night out. Your sensitivity to light is magnified when you drink.

This symptom occurs because alcohol dilates the blood vessels in the eyes and makes them overly sensitive.

Depression

Many people decide to drink to help them forget about their problems and be happy for a while, but it can have the exact opposite effect on you. Alcohol can strongly impact your mental health, and you need to be careful if you feel yourself falling into a depressed mental state after drinking. Seek help from a professional if you feel this is a regular occurrence.

Can’t stay focused

It is no wonder that after you have been drinking, your body reacts in so many ways that you find yourself unable to concentrate. It affects so much, and if you make a habit of drinking, you will find that you cannot handle your regular daily activities because you can’t stay focused and on task.

How to prevent a hangover

There are a few simple things you can do that may help you combat a hangover:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Make sure you give yourself enough sleep
  • Have a healthy breakfast
  • Keep up with vitamin supplements
  • Drink in moderation

These tips should keep the hangover symptoms at bay and let you enjoy your night out a little bit more. 

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