Can a Float Session Help Your Hangover?

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We don’t advocate overindulging but celebrations happen. If you’re nursing a post-celebration day headache, a trip into a sensory deprivation tank may help. You’ll reap many physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Additionally, you’ll find it easier to resist temptation next time, especially if you schedule several float sessions throughout the year.


When you have a hangover, the normal noises of everyday life feel overwhelming, perhaps threatening. Closing yourself inside a sensory deprivation tank gives you a long dose of much-needed silence. The float tanks at NWFC block any outside noise, from voices to foot traffic to ringing phones. The silence helps you focus on relaxing your muscles, regaining mental focus, and getting in touch with your emotions. It lessens the numbing and groggy effects of a hangover so once the session ends, you can interact effectively with people and tasks again.

Stomach Soothing

Nausea is a big side effect of a hangover or an overindulgence in sweet or fatty foods. Anti-nausea medication helps, but if you have a sensitive stomach, adding float sessions helps even more. As you float, the muscles in your stomach and gastrointestinal tract will start to unclench. Without smells or tastes to disrupt healing, your stomach’s composition can slowly return to normal. We recommend abstaining from food before your float session and using the toilet before floating.

Mental Relaxation

Sometimes, the hardest part of getting through a hangover is dealing with mental consequences. People berate themselves for overindulging, feel depressed, or plan ahead to their next indulgence. Float sessions don’t let you do any of those. Some people report that for the first 15 minutes of a float session, their minds naturally go over what they need to be thinking about. In short order though, your mind will calm down. As you get used to sensory deprivation, you won’t want to think about anything. While this seems unnatural, it will help your brain chemistry re-balance itself. That will feel so good, overindulgence will pale in comparison.

Calm Nerves

During a hangover, many people feel jumpy or nervous. They may overreact to slammed doors and car horns, or ask people around them to stop screaming, even if the other people are talking in normal tones. With a severe hangover, itching and painful sensations can occur, especially in alcoholics. A float session calms your nerves, telling them to stop sending so many signals and so much adrenaline into your system. Along with medical help, support groups, and therapy, floating can help alcoholics deal with some of the scarier, nerve-influencing parts of their addiction.

To learn more about how floating can help you, either with hangovers or other health issues, contact NWFC today.

2 Comments on “Can a Float Session Help Your Hangover?”

  1. Jaque Christo

    Thank you for the information on if a float session can help your hangover. I definitely like the thought of going into a sensory deprivation chamber after a hangover. Total silence, feeling weightless to help with nausea, not to mention the other benefits normally associated with floating. You could walk in with a hangover and walk out ready for the rest of the week.

  2. Jeremy Thompson

    It’s interesting to learn that float sessions can be great for sensitive stomachs as it would unclench the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract and stomach as your article mentioned. That is my number one concern as my tummy have a number of issues; anything that would help is a going to be helpful. I’ll be sure to try this float therapy sometime and see what wonders it can do for me. Thanks!

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