Let’s not talk about last night.
It was messy. It was rowdy. It was awesome.
And… it was still going at 5 o’clock this morning.
We won’t dwell on it any further, because you’re probably not feeling so hot right now. (If you are, you’re a superhuman hangover-resistant cyborg and we bow down to you. Teach us your ways).
For the rest of you mortals, chances are you need a hangover cure. Right now. Like, immediately.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a to-do and to-don’t list. Don’t waste your energy thinking for yourself: just follow the steps below.
1. Drink water
One of the major symptoms of a hangover is dehydration. Remember the sixteen toilet breaks you took last night… per hour? That has something to do with it. As soon as you wake up, start hydrating. NEVER STOP.
If it helps - and your stomach can handle it - try adding fruit to sweeten the experience:
2. Drink electrolytes
While water is generally the number one hydrator, you lose more than just water when you sweat (dancing for five hours straight, anyone?). Grab a sports drink with electrolyte (like Gatorade or Powerade) or add a Hydralyte tablet to your glass of water.
3. Sleep. A lot.
You have nothing planned for today, right? Take it easy. Often you can ‘sleep off’ the early hours of your hangover – just remember to drink something every time you open your eyes.
4. Take painkillers
Taking painkillers isn’t cheating, as long as you remember to hydrate too. Opt for a paracetemol, as aspirin can irritate the stomach further. Painkillers can sometimes take a while to work, particularly on a blinding headache, but don’t freak out and take six more when they don’t work after six minutes. Have some faith. We’re going to get through this.
5. Eat whatever you feel like
It’s hard to believe, but your body is pretty good at craving the things it needs. If you feel like greasy food, you probably need to reload on salt, sugar and fat. Yes, we did just give you the all clear to go crazy on the bacon.