No year-end celebration is complete without spending New Year's Eve out on the town or making festive memories at the company holiday party. If you don't consider yourself much of a party animal and you imbibed a wee too much, you may wake up the next morning with a piercing hangover. Research has shown some drinkers can experience symptoms after consuming as few as two alcoholic beverages. No need to let a celebratory drink or two ruin your plans for the next day. We're here to guide you, so you can power through your hangover and get back to feeling 100% as quickly as possible.
Alcohol is a natural diuretic, dehydrating you even as you "drink." While you attend your holiday shindig, a great strategy to prevent a hangover (or at least severely limit its symptoms) is to down a full glass of water for every cocktail. Those themed Jell-O shots Diane from accounting brought to the party will increase your level of dizziness, fatigue, and thirst if you avoid water. After a night of festivities, be sure to drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning and do not stop until your hangover has subsided.
Avoid Darker-Colored Alcohol
When you saddle up to the complimentary bar at the company holiday party, stick to clearer spirits like vodka or gin to reduce the chance of a regrettable hangover. Darker drinks — tequila, whiskey, and red wine — contain trace amounts of toxic by-products from the fermentation process called congeners. These chemicals slow your metabolism's ability to process alcohol, and they extend the effects of a hangover. Multiple studies have shown that consuming drinks with congeners leads to worse nausea, dizziness, and headaches. Stick to just a few vodka martinis at your corporate bash, especially if you have a full desk of work to get to before the holiday break.
Get Deeper Sleep
Rest is an essential hangover remedy. Alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle and can limit the amount of deep sleep you experience the night after your New Year's extravaganza. Reduce the fatigue, headaches, and irritability that accompany a hangover by drifting off to sleep on a SHEEX ORIGINAL PERFORMANCE Stomach/Back Cooling Pillow. This cool, breathable pillow adapts to both your body heat and position to provide optimal temperature balance for better sleep. A SHEEX EXPERIENCE Sheet Set surrounds you with silky-soft performance fabric for superior ventilation and heat release to help you stay asleep longer. Our most lightweight sheet option offers the support necessary to sleep your way to faster recovery.
Eat a Hearty Breakfast
Maybe you usually stick to just a bagel or coffee in the morning. After a raucous New Year's party, you need to adjust your morning regimen. Avoid excessive caffeine, as it is a natural diuretic and will only intensify your dehydration and resulting headaches if you slam down a pot of coffee. One of the most common prescriptions for a hangover cure is a big breakfast. Low blood sugar levels often accompany hangovers. Eating food that raises your blood sugar can mitigate common symptoms like nausea, fatigue, and weakness. Pile on the cereal, eggs, and fruit if you have an appetite, but avoid food that could make you nauseous if you're not accustomed to it. Huevos rancheros might be a bad idea if you can't stomach them on an average day!
Bring a Backup
Still can't shake that woozy feeling and increased sensitivity? Next time, bring a bottle of Morning Recovery along as your holiday drinking partner. The drink acts as a liver-boosting supplement, allowing you to rehydrate faster and feel better after a night of alcohol-fueled revelry. Drink it during the party if you have space to pack one, or down a bottle before heading to bed after an evening of holiday festivities. Sleep off a festive night of family, friends, co-workers, and drinks by donning cooling SHEEX sleepwear and climbing into performance bedding that creates a comfy cocoon of cozy recovery. Stay on your A-game without missing a beat with the tips in our five-step hangover recovery guide. With some planning, you can make the most of your holiday partying!