What’s the worst thing you can imagine on a Sunday morning? We think it’s waking up with a horrible headache, nausea, and poor recollection of the previous night’s events. We’ve all been there at some point in our lives and suffered from a hangover a least once. But what actually happens to our body after a night drinking?
Conventional wisdom tells us that the main cause of a hangover is dehydration. This is somewhat true and a glass of water does help alleviate the symptoms, depending on how bad they are.
How does your body get so dehydrated?
A chemical in your body is released that tells your brain that it’s time to urinate. When you drink alcohol, the level of this chemical changes and it makes you run to the bathroom more often. Your body then excretes more liquid than it takes in making you more dehydrated as the night progresses.
You Feel Nauseous and Want to Vomit:
This is one of the worse symptoms after a night out. Feeling dizzy and wanting to throw up is very unpleasant. The alcohol in your drinks damage and inflame your stomach and intestines. This can make your body release more gastric acid and other secretions that in turn make you feel unwell.
You Have No Energy:
Another common symptom after a hangover is the feeling of lethargy and weakness. You wake up and all you want to do is sleep. It’s impossible to do anything that requires thinking and you feel like you want to die (not literally). There’s a reason for this. Alcohol works as an analgesic and numbs pain when you’re consuming it. When you’re intoxicated, you’re more likely to cause minor injuries without realizing it. When you wake up and the effects have worn off, you start to feel the pain again. At that time, your body becomes more sensitive, which makes everything feel so much worse.
You Feel Depressed:
Sometimes we drink because it helps us get through tougher times. After a few drinks, we start to feel better. But it all comes back like a truck hitting us the following day. This happens because the alcohol increases endorphins (chemicals that make you feel good) in your brain. The levels of these chemicals are much lower the next day making you feel gloomy.
What’s the Solution?
We’re going to avoid the cliché of saying that prevention is better than the cure and that you should just avoid drinking to stop suffering from hangovers. If you like to drink and enjoy ourselves on a night out, you’ll most likely continue to do it.
We think the most practical advice is to moderate how much alcohol you consume and to be aware of staying hydrated. The more hydrated you are, the better your body will cope with the hangover.
You can make sure your body is fully hydrated before you start to drink or by sneaking in glasses of water between alcoholic drinks. It’s also essential to fill your body with fluids after you’ve stopped for the night.
The Takeaway Message:
Hangovers are horrible. They can always be prevented and in times they can’t, don’t worry, they’re just temporary.
Are you hungover in Las Vegas or simply need to hydrate for your health and wellness? Our Las Vegas IV hydration services and Hangover Recovery Team will get you back on your feet. Call us at 702-445-787 – we’re available 24/7 by appointment and will come to you! If you prefer email, click here to drop us a line.