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Most people have experienced the typical physical symptoms of a hangover, like the pounding headache, the nausea, and the craving for greasy food. But, hangover symptoms aren't always just physical. Hangovers can have psychological symptoms as well, especially feelings of anxiety. This phenomenon is happening so frequently it's even been given a name: hangxiety.
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Research has shown that anxiety is actually a pretty common hangover symptom. Someone may experience hangover anxiety for many of the same reasons they suffer from other hangover symptoms, including sleep deprivation and dehydration.
Here are the possible causes of hangover anxiety:
People with hangover-related anxiety will likely also experience other "typical" hangover symptoms, including excessive thirst, increased fatigue, feeling slow or less alert, an upset stomach, or body aches.
They may also experience:
When experiencing symptoms of anxiety after drinking, there are a few things people can do to manage the hangiexty, including:
Some people find that deep breathing or meditation is very helpful for fighting feelings of anxiety while hungover. Deep, slow breathing allows you to relax and will help slow down a racing or pounding heart.
Mindfulness meditation is another relaxation technique that can help alleviate hangxiety. You can meditate while sitting or recovering in bed by practicing deep breathing. Lie down, close your eyes, and focus on your thoughts. Also focus on any physical and emotional feelings in the current moment.
A significant part of hangxiety is caused by stressing out about what you might have said or done while drinking. It's a good idea to step back and realize that other people are likely worrying about the same thing.
If you find yourself drinking a lot and frequently feel anxious the next day, you may have a drinking problem. There are a few different treatment options available for people suffering from alcohol addiction, including detox programs, inpatient treatment, and outpatient treatment at a certified treatment center or medical center.
Hangovers can linger if you don't focus on your overall wellness in the days after a night of drinking. It's especially important to get enough sleep when fighting off a hangover.
People typically experience the hangover shakes after consuming a lot of alcohol.
The best way to ease hangover shakes is by rehydrating, consuming vitamin B, and drinking sports drinks that contain electrolytes.
Anxiety from a hangover is not usually long-lasting and should not last longer than a day. In cases where anxiety lasts much longer, it may be a sign of a different issue, such as alcohol withdrawal or another anxiety disorder.
A large part of fighting hangxiety is fighting the hangover's symptoms. The more water you drink to rehydrate yourself, the faster your hangxiety will go away. Try drinking Gatorade, Pedialyte, Powerade, or similar noncarbonated sports drinks for added electrolytes and minerals.
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Anxiety after drinking and what you can do about it. (n.d.)., https://www.beyondblue.org.au/personal-best/pillar/wellbeing/anxiety-after-drinking-and-what-you-can-do-about-it
Beth Marsh, Molly Carlyle, Emily Carter, Paige Hughes, Sarah McGahey, Will Lawn, Tobias Stevens, Amy McAndrew, Celia J.A. Morgan. “Shyness, alcohol use disorders and ‘hangxiety’: A naturalistic study of social drinkers.”’ Personality and Individual Differences,Volume 139,2019,Pages 13-18,ISSN 0191-8869, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2018.10.034