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How Medicines, Migraines, and Food Can Give You a Hangover

We tend to associate hangovers as the punishment we pay for over-indulging in alcohol.

However, the signature symptoms of a hangover — including dehydration, headache, nausea, and generally feeling yucky — can also be caused by medicines, migraines, and even food!

The Migraine Hangover

An intense headache, nausea and sensitivity to light are the symptoms most associated with migraine — a condition that affects thousands of men and women here in the U.S.

But some experience a ‘migraine hangover’, which kicks in after the peak pain of a migraine attack has passed.

Known as “postdrome,” this hangover phase can cause dizziness, difficulty concentrating, a milder headache and a general feeling of being ‘spaced out’ that can last several hours or even a couple of days. Doctors speculate that the migraine hangover relates to the restoration of the brain’s equilibrium after an attack.

The Medicine Hangover

Over-the-counter sleeping pills, such as Nytol, can help you to drop off. However, they typically contain strong antihistamines — and these can leave people feeling groggy the next day. This spaced-out, hungover feeling is what doctors call the “half-life” of the medication. In other words, it’s the time it takes for half of the dose to be metabolized and eliminated from the bloodstream.

If you’re feeling ‘hungover’ the day after taking sleeping tablets, experts recommend resetting the body clock — the system that governs our sleeping and waking cycle — can help override the effects of the medication left in your system. Do this by getting bright sunlight for ten minutes around mid-morning… as this will reset the body clock and waking mechanisms and remind the body that it is daytime.

The Food Hangover

Many like to say they have a food hangover after feasting on a heavy Thanksgiving dinner. The truth is, a real food hangover kicks in when someone has an extreme sensitivity to certain foods, like wheat or dairy. This type of sensitivity can cause fatigue, poor concentration and a general feeling of being washed-out — which is all a part of the body’s reaction to the food.

What should you do in this situation?

Drink water — lots of it. Rest will also help until the feelings pass.

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