Unfortunately, too many of us are familiar with the symptoms of a hangover:
- body aches
- loss of appetite
Hangovers are basically a mild and temporary version of what drug addicts suffer when they experience withdrawals. A hangover is nature”s way of warning us we that we”re harming our body.
As awful as it feels, vomiting is actually good for you because it permits your body to quickly dispose of some of the alcohol in your system. Remember, though, to drink water to re-hydrate your body. If you feel that you”re going to vomit, don”t fight it. You will thank yourself in the morning.
Two common hangover symptoms are fatigue and drowsiness. When you go to sleep with a high amount of alcohol in your system, your brain is unable to enter the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. Without the REM stage of sleep, your brain is unable to dream and achieve the relaxation it needs. So while you may end up sleeping the whole night and half the day away, your brain did not get the rest it so desperately needs.
Headaches are another common hangover symptom. Alcohol acts as a diuretic, so the more you drink, the more water your body will need to dilute the toxin. This water is then expelled from the body in the form of urine. The water needs to come from somewhere, so if you don”t drink water while drinking alcohol, your body will start depriving other organs in your body from water, including your brain. The headaches you experience are a result of dehydration of the brain.
And since your brain is dehydrated, a number of other symptoms may also occur due to your brain”s inability to function properly; these include dizziness and irritability.
If you”re in the middle of a drinking session and you start experiencing any number of the symptoms listed above, your body”s telling you this might be a good time to take a break. Don”t worry, that large bottle of vodka should still be there when you get back.