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How to Get Rid of Your Labor Day Hangover

So, you wake up the day after Labor Day – a work day -- with your head pounding, stomach queasy and that I’m-too-tired-to-get-out-of-bed-but-can’t-call-in-sick-to-work feeling. Yep, you drank too much over the weekend, and now you’re paying for it.

And while your holiday festivities were a blast, you’re starting to regret that fourth (and fifth) cocktail at the end of the night. So, how do you ease the discomfort of the dreaded hangover and make your work day that much smoother?

Although there’s no real cure for a hangover, there’s a number of ways to help reduce the pain and suffering of the day-after-drinking blues. Nothing has been entirely scientifically proven, and some remedies may work better for some people than others. The “cures” below are based on the most common ways to treat a hangover, but you ultimately have to decide what works for you.

In the meantime, you may want to rethink drinking so much on a work night.


Drink Lots of Water

The best way to reduce a hangover is to not drink too much alcohol in the first place. But on the morning after a night of heavy drinking, it’s too late to say no to that fateful Jägerbomb shot. Your best bet is to drink a large bottle of water – at least 16 ounces – as soon as you wake up. Drinking dehydrates the body, so replenishing the lost fluids is a must. You can even opt for Gatorade or other sports drinks to replenish lost electrolytes.

The next time, drink a huge glass of water before going to bed, and try to alternate each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.


Brew Some Coffee

Before Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy and self-proclaimed “Hangover Cure” pills, there was coffee. While most adults swear by a cup of Joe every morning (hung over or not), the added boost of caffeine may help you get up and moving when you least feel like it.

However, it could also make the symptoms worse – coffee is a diuretic on your already dehydrated body, and a caffeine headache later that morning on top of your pounding head may make you feel worse. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, opt for a small cup of Java in the morning. If not, it may be best to skip the brew all together.


Take a Hot Shower

Sweating too much while you’re hung over isn’t a good idea (despite the urban legend that sitting in a sauna or steam room will help “sweat out” the unwanted booze), but taking a warm shower can help relax tense muscles and make the body feel rejuvenated. Alternatively, a cold shower can wake you up and help you feel alert. Either way, a shower will make your body feel better – plus, do you really want to go into work smelling like a case of Budweiser?


Sweat it Out

The last thing you may want to do on the morning after a late night of partying is lacing up your running shoes and hitting the trail. Not only do you not physically feel up to the challenge, but putting your body through additional strain (and sweating out more valuable water) could potentially make you feel worse.

However, some people swear by a morning workout to combat a hangover. Forcing your body to get up and moving early may make you feel productive the rest of the day, and the feel-good exercise endorphins can stave off any unpleasant symptoms. But only work out if you really feel like it.


Chew Some Alka-Seltzer

Alka-Seltzer is a well-known and well-loved antacid and pain reliever that has been around since the 1930s. It contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), which makes it effervescent and helps relieve a queasy stomach. The aspirin found in Alka-Seltzer is also good for treating headaches associated with hangovers. However, some people are sensitive to aspirin, which may make stomach pains worse. And if you're a heavy drinker, apsrin could deteriorate the stomach lining even more. It's best to talk to your doctor about your risks of taking asprin. 


Eat a Hearty Breakfast

It’s conventional wisdom that eating a greasy meal while hungover can help ease the uncomfortable symptoms of a hangover. While there’s no medical evidence either way – even though we always love an excuse to chow down on some bacon – replenishing some vitamins and stabilizing your blood sugar is a must.

Bananas help replenish all the potassium lost from all of the trips to the restroom, and complex carbs, such as whole wheat bagels and toast can help stabilize blood sugar. But don’t eat anything too heavy, which can upset an already queasy stomach.


Go to Bed Early

After a long day of not feeling so great, getting adequate rest is a must to jump-start your body. So even if you didn’t get a good night’s sleep the night after partying – and you definitely felt it all day at work – make sure to get the hay early and get some much-needed Zzs.

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