Since you wake up on an empty stomach, morning should be when you feel your skinniest. But what if it is the other way around? What if you feel as though you are waking up more bloated than you were the night before? You walk up to the mirror and become quite puzzled. How is that possible?
There could be several explanations as to why you are waking up feeling and looking bloated in the mornings, with one of the biggest reasons being dehydration. Water retention is commonly linked to inflammation, which is caused by fluid buildup in your circulatory system, cavities, and/or body tissues. Failing to drink enough water throughout your day, regardless of your activity level, leads to water retention.
Another explanation to being distended in the morning could be what you consumed the night before. Did you overeat? Did you have a heavy meal? Dietitian and nutritionist, Beth Warren says that, when you have a big meal before bed, “The body has trouble digesting the foods, which can keep you feeling full and bloated the next morning.” This is especially true in the case of high-salt meals, which make you particularly prone to water retention.
Then there’s the issue of alcohol and caffeine, the former of which Warren also notes that can contribute to water retention, which in turn leads to bloating in the morning. Both drinks are diuretics, which means that if you find yourself having a glass of wine, or maybe a caffeinated beverage in the evening, your kidneys will work to produce more urine, in turn leaving you more dehydrated once you crawl into your bed at nighttime.
With all of that in mind, you don’t necessarily need to cut salt, alcohol, caffeine, and satisfying meals from your life to prevent yourself from waking up the next morning not feeling or looking so hot. If you know in advance that you are consuming substances that will cause you to be a tad bit bloated in the morning, Dr. Rachita Reddy, who specializes in nephrology, suggests, turning to water to help.
“If you want to battle the bloat before the morning symptoms,” she says, “a great trick is to drink a glass of water before each dinner course and between every cocktail.” Or, Reddy notes, you could start off your morning with three to four glasses of water.
In either case, it may seem counterproductive to load up on fluids if your goal is to make yourself feel lighter, but when it comes to fighting bloating, too much water isn’t a bad thing. Just remember that what you put into your body the night before can affect it in the morning – and hydration is the best example!