Tips to avoid a New Year’s Hangover.

New Year’s is the grand end to a grand season. Unfortunately, the grand send off to the last year can result in an epic hangover on New Year’s Day. So how can you enjoy the celebration without starting off the new year feeling rotten?  

At Luma, we want you to wake up feeling awesome every morning so here are some quick tips to help you enjoy and great New Year’s Eve and a hangover-free New Year’s day...

  1. Eat a high protein meal early in the evening. 
    Dinner that’s heavy on protein will help slow down your digestive system a bit, helping your body process alcohol at a more civilized pace.  Beef is a particularly good choice as it's loaded with vitamin B which alcohol depletes.
  2. Drink water during the party. 
    Alcohol is a natural diuretic – it makes you pee a lot and leaves you dehydrated. Dehydration, in turn, causes the headache you’ll feel in the AM while also making it tough for your body to regulate its temperature later in the night, disrupting your ability to sleep off the booze.
  3. Make your own hangover prevention kit.  
    Leave a tall glass of water, a multivitamin, some aspirin, and a light, high fiber snack ready for when you get home.  This is basically a homemade version of the "banana bag" hospitals use to treat acute alcohol poisoning… but a lot less potent.  This will help rehydrate you, slow your digestive system a bit, replenish key vitamins and of course, alleviate the headache before it happens.  DO NOT take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) as it can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol. And since we mentioned bananas, think about having some in the house. They provide quick sugar vitamin B and potassium that will help get you back on your feet in the morning faster than a coke and a cheeseburger.
  4. Prep your bedroom. 
    Set your thermostat to below 68 degrees, close the blinds and even leave some earplugs by your bedside if you live in a noisy place.  This will help sleep deeper and longer to allow your body to process the alcohol. Needless to say, you should avoid crashing on the couch.
  5. Finally, put your phone on silent and turn off the alarm clock.
    It’s New Year's Day so you can sleep in and the extra rest you need for a speedy recovery.

Happy New Year and Sweet Dreams!