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5 Apps To Make Your Hangover Hurt Less

5 Apps To Make Your Hangover Hurt Less

We all know the drill. Waking up the morning after a boozy night with no recollection of what has happened to you.

Have you been hit by a truck? No. You’ve been hit by the consequences of 2am sambuca shots. You desperately try to remember what happened, you’re sure you said you would only have one drink.

Alas, you had more than one. This day is going to be bad– but when you start to lose hope, remember this: There is an app out there for everything.

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These apps won’t necessarily cure your hangover, but they might make it hurt less. Whether it’s reducing the post-alcohol guilt, ordering your junk food fix stress-free, or just with good old-fashioned distraction, there’s sure to be something for you.

1. Hangover Meter

£0.79

We all have that one friend whose hangover always seems to be worse than ours (despite drinking half as much) and this app uses actual science settle the ‘who feels worse’ debate once and for all.

It measures your hangover by tracking your hand shakes when holding your phone at arms reach in front of you. You can then compare and share shakes with your other hungover friends. If you want science to reinforce your eight hour “woe is me” feeling, then this is the app for you. We should of course point out that there are other ways you could test the intensity of your hangover; ranging from the press-up challenge, to an overly competitive game of Monopoly (not recommended).

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When all you need is a solid dose of self-pity, Hangover Meter is there for you.

2. Waterlogged

Free

Although not designed specifically for a hangover, we’re confident this app can stop you from feeling so terrible. We all know one of the main reasons we feel like a shell of our former selves after a night out is because we’re dehydrated. When your brain is clouded and your stomach won’t stop churning, it’s sometimes difficult to remember to drink, and also to remember how much you’ve had throughout the day. Waterlogged allows you to input your water intake, see how much you’ve already consumed, and set reminders for when you need to drink more.

If you’re feeling extra organized then set it up the night before, and spend the next day (virtually) hangover free.

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3. BrainWave Hangover Relief

£0.79

We all feel a bit sensitive when we wake up in the morning after a heavy night, and that’s what BrainWave is here for. Instead of playing standard relaxing sounds like so many apps out there, the app plays special low-frequency alpha and theta waves to help soothe your head, nausea, and discomfort.

The app supposedly works by synchronising your brainwaves to a specific frequency by sending two different audible frequencies to each ear, soothing your head as the sounds match human brainwaves. It has other relaxing background sounds such as ocean waves, rain and thunder. Even if it doesn’t work, it’ll make you feel less guilty about lying in bed all day if you can convince yourself it’s thundering outside. The app has a daytime and nighttime mode, although we’ll go out on a whim here and say that if you’re still this hungover at nighttime, then you’re a lost cause.

4. Hang Over

Free on Android

Hang Over is the perfect app for those of us who still don’t know our limits, despite the number of times you have stumbled home at 4am vowing to never drink again. Whilst we don’t want to be one of those people who get their phone out during a night on the town, for this app, it’s worth it.

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The app keeps track of your drinks throughout the night, all it takes is one drunken tap on your drink of choice. Several hours after your last drink, the app will notify you to rate your hangover on a scale of 1 – 10. This is ‘learning from experience’ at it’s finest, as once you have had a few drinking sessions using the app, you will be able to look back on your drinking history and work out what led to the worst hangover. Whether it’s wine, spirits, or beer that leaves you feeling like death the next day, this app will help you to make more sensible choices the next time you get boozy.

5. Dominoes

Free

That’s it, you’ve tried everything and yet your stomach still won’t settle. Well my friends, sometimes all you need is a monstrous pizza to guzzle down whilst lying in bed with a Disney movie. There’s no shame, we’ve all been there.

For situations such as these, you need the Dominoes app. Just a few clicks and you can have all the pizza, chicken wings and wedges you need, delivered straight to your door. I have considered asking for it to be delivered directly to my bed before, but on reflection decided this was unwise.

Unfortunately, hangovers are a part of life, and there’s not a huge amount we can do to stop them. Try these apps and you’ll be feeling good as new in no time – well, we can always dream.

Featured photo credit: Albumarium via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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