Trying to Quit Smoking and Having Problems Sleeping?

Having problems sleeping

Having problems sleeping as you quit smoking?

According to the world health organization smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the world today.

That means if you decide to quit smoking it is one of the best decisions you can make to improve your health.

Sometimes when people quit smoking they have problems sleeping.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, but you may experience temporary insomnia. That’s because there is a complicated relationship between sleep and cigarettes.

Let’s look at some strategies that can help you sleep better no matter what smoking cessation method you are using.

How Smoking Affects Sleep

1. How your current sleep quality?

Smoking disturbs your sleep and so does getting free of smoking.

According to research people who smoke sleep less than people who don’t.

If you smoke your quality of sleep is also affected. The same goes when you try to quit.

2. Nicotine’s effects on sleep.

Nicotine is a stimulant that can affect you similarly to caffeine.

Just know if you smoke cigarettes it’s harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

3. Know how nicotine withdrawal affects you

One problem smokers have is with their respiratory system. If you smoke your breathing is affected.

Since nicotine is additive, the other problem you have is when you don’t smoke you go through nicotine withdrawal. This happens even when you’re sleeping and can cause you to wake up.

After you’ve quit smoking these symptoms may increase for a while.

4. You may become depressed

Some people suffer from mild to moderate depression when they quit smoking.

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of depression see your doctor or go to a mental health professional. They can inform you of the many effective treatments available today.

5. You might actually sleep more

You might be one of those fortunate people who actually sleep more when they stop smoking.

This is probably your body’s way of making up for the previous sleep deficits.

This means you actually might sleep through some of the discomfort of the early stages of quitting.

6. Try to sleep as much as possible  

You will need plenty of sleep to get through this time in your life.

If you stay well rested, you lower your chances of relapsing.

How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep after You Quit Smoking

1. If you use the patch take it off before bed

The patch has many side effects and you might get stimulated by the patch if you wear it overnight.

You may want to wear the patch during the day and take it off a few hours before retiring.

2. If you’re trying to wean yourself of smoking, stop your late night smoking

If you’re one of those gradual quitters, give up your late night cigarettes first.

Since the nicotine is a stimulant your late night smoke is the one most likely to keep you up.

3. Keep a consistent sleep schedule

Even if you don’t smoke, if you’re having problems sleeping one of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep is to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

Make sure you keep the same schedule even on weekends and holidays.

4. Have no Lights in the Bedroom

Your brain responds to light by becoming more alert.

Make your bedroom as dark as possible.

Make sure you turn off the TV and computer screens in your bedroom early in the evening.

Put a dim night light in your bathroom.

5. If you’re having problems sleeping, do something boring.

You’ll never get a good night’s sleep tossing and turning.

Get out of bed and do something boring like putting your receipts in files or reading your computer manual.

6. Eat a bedtime snack that will put you to sleep

If you want to sleep take some Tryptophan. It’s an amino acid that naturally triggers drowsiness.

A simple snack is a small bowl of cereal and milk.

7. Check in with your doctor

If your sleep fails to improve within a few weeks, go to your doctor and get a physical examination.

Your doctor might be able to spot some things that will help you sleep and, if needed, refer you to a sleep specialist.

8. Remember once you’re an ex-smoker for a while your sleeping will go back to normal

For most smokers, once you quit smoking for a few weeks all of these symptoms will clear up on their own.

In no time at all you’ll no longer be having problems sleeping and you’ll feel a lot better to boot!

Why Don’t You Quit Smoking Today?

While quitting may interfere with your slumbers temporarily, you’ll reap the reward of better health for the rest of your life.

Plus cigarettes and nicotine will no longer control you.

Use these suggestions to help you stay well rested and then enjoy the rest of your long, healthy life!


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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art, and combines them into one powerful system that you can use to alter your thinking patterns that allow you to make quick and lasting shifts in your behavior and, as a result, quit smoking cigarettes.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques to stop smoking cigarettes now.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations for using NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as using meditation techniques from Qigong to help you stop smoking now.

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