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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: How Staying Sober Can Lead to a More Productive Sunday Morning

John Risby
by John Risby
Published: January 07, 2023 Last updated: November 30, 2023
A woman waking up peacefully on a Sunday morning
The feeling of waking up on a Sunday morning after a night of drinking can be truly miserable. A pounding headache and nausea are not the best way to start a day.
But many of us have experienced the regret of missing out on a beautiful morning or wasting the day in bed due to a hangover.
But this month, as you take a break from alcohol, staying sober on Saturday night allows for a more productive and enjoyable Sunday morning. You may choose to sleep in and take advantage of some quality sleep. Or you may prefer to get up early and take advantage of the day.

The struggle to avoid a drink on a Saturday night

Hopefully you’ve already managed to stay sober on Friday night and staying sober on a Saturday night isn’t a huge difference. Of course, for some people Saturday night is their big night out. For other people it’s Friday and Saturday is a night to stay in with a drink and tv. Whatever Saturday night normally means to you, it can still be challenging to abstain from alcohol. Here are some tips for avoiding alcohol on a night out:
  • Offer to be the designated driver. Not only will you be doing a responsible and safe thing for your group of friends, but you’ll also have an excuse to not drink.
  • Find alternative activities. Instead of going to a bar or club, try going to a movie or trying out a new restaurant. There are plenty of fun things to do that don’t involve alcohol.
  • Drink non-alcoholic beverages. When you’re out with friends, it’s easy to feel pressure to drink. Stay strong and stick to your plans. If you feel tempted, call it an early night. If you’re driving your friends home then tell them it’s either an early night or they can get a taxi!

Sober Sunday Mornings

Waking up without a hangover on Sunday morning has a host of benefits. You’ll be able to sleep in or wake up early without feeling sluggish and tired. This means you’ll have more energy to tackle activities that require physical or mental focus, such as exercise or creative hobbies. Additionally, you’ll avoid the negative physical and mental consequences of a hangover, such as dehydration and increased risk of depression.

Things to do on a Sunday morning after a sober Saturday night

If you choose to get up early on a Sunday morning after a sober Saturday night, you’ll have a range of options for how to spend your day. Here are a few ideas:
  • Exercise or go for a hike in nature. Fresh air and physical activity can be invigorating and help you start your day on a positive note.
  • Have a leisurely breakfast with loved ones. Take the time to sit down and enjoy a meal with your family or friends, chatting and catching up.
  • Tackle a household project or errand that requires energy and focus. With a clear mind, you’ll be able to get things done efficiently and effectively.
  • Take up a new hobby or pursue personal interests. Sunday mornings are a great time to try out something new or spend time on activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.


Staying sober on Saturday night has the potential to lead to a more productive and enjoyable Sunday morning. Whether you choose to sleep in or get up early, you’ll have the energy and focus to do the things you love.
So next time you’re tempted to have a few drinks on a Saturday night, consider the benefits of a hangover-free Sunday morning and give sober Saturday a try.
John Risby

About The Author

John Risby
Co-Founder of The Alcohol-Free Shop and John is a recovering alcoholic who stopped drinking in June 2004. Born and raised in Manchester, he now lives in Malaga with his wife and young daughter. He came to terms with being an alcoholic many years ago, but still finds the concept his daughter is Spanish very strange.