How to Avoid NFL Football Sunday Hangover, Cause Your Boss Knows You Aren’t ‘Sick’

by Megan Molseed
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Happy week one! Our favorite Sunday night activity is back in full swing as football season has officially begun. And, of course, for NFL fans, fall Sundays are usually reserved for some exciting football. Which of course includes good food, a lot of fun, and sometimes even a few too many spirits.

While the Sunday evening’s cheering on your team while cracking open a few cold ones may seem like a good idea at the moment, those who partake in the Sunday night NFL spirits may end up regretting it come Monday morning.

That’s right, the ‘morning after’ side effects including pounding headaches, viscous nausea, exhaustion, and general irritability. This is otherwise known as, ‘a monstrous hangover.’

The only thing that could make this terrible feeling worse, is realizing it’s Monday – time to begin the week… and of course, sleeping in just isn’t an option.

So, how do we find a way to enjoy our Sunday night NFL football along with a few cocktails; but still arrive at the office bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next day?

The best way to do this is by making the symptoms a little more manageable. Avoiding a post-NFL hangover altogether. Because we all know that the boss will see right through any attempt to call in sick the day after a big Sunday night game.

How To Enjoy NFL Games, Avoiding the Next Day Hangover

Now, for starters, pointing out that avoiding drinking altogether is the best way to guarantee that you wake up without a hangover Monday morning is the obvious move. But, let’s face it, beer and football are a great pair.

So, for any NFL fans looking to enjoy a few drinks during the game, a good place to start is to make sure to drink a full 8-ounce glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage.

Or, even better, tossing a few drinks rich in electrolytes will help as well. This is easy to find, the most common sources of these magical little chemicals can be found in popular sports drinks such as Powerade or Gatorade.

The key here is hydration. Alcohol dehydrates the body, very quickly. This often leads to the post-NFL Sunday hangover symptoms.

If we can make it to bed while remaining sufficiently hydrated, there’s a good chance we will lessen the effects of the morning-after hangover.

Eat Your Way to a Hangover Free Morning

In addition to keeping our bodies sufficiently hydrated, sometimes, foods can help keep hangovers at bay.

A recent study from Utrecht University has revealed that higher levels of vitamins B23 and zinc have helped people avoid the nastier hangover symptoms. Fortunately for the meat-eaters out there, these substances are commonly found in meat. That’s right, go ahead and grill up that second steak. Grab an extra helping of the buffalo chicken wings. After all, it will be good for your health, right?

Additionally, those looking to avoid the Monday morning hangover headaches may want to look into downing a smoothie during a commercial break, or even frying up a few eggs.

Bananas will replace lost levels of potassium. Staving off some of the nastier hangover symptoms. Eggs, however, work to break down a chemical produced by our liver when it processes alcohol. This, in turn, helps our bodies process the cocktails a little more effectively, therefore slowing down the potential side effects.