24 days smoke free
Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:55 AM
I am Maryrose from Brisbane, Australia...I have just had an operation 24 days ago and decided that after my hospital day I would stay off the cigarettes. It hasn't been as bad as I expected...I was smoking about 25 a day and have been a smoker for 30 years with previous attempts to give up failing after a week or so, but this time I am determined. I hope this site will give me inspiration when I feel tempted!
My question at this point is this, with the withdrawal of smoking does it affect your sleep patterns? I get to sleep OK but after a short while just toss and turn all night...I can't work out if it is no smoking or other results of my operation. Any comments much appreciated.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 02:32 PM
I must run as I am late for work, but yes it can and often does interupt the sleep patterns , and can cause crazy dreams,, I will try to post more later but for now welcome to you I have another lovely OZgal pal her name is Shelly , keep your eyes peeled, she comes on from time to time, I smoked for 40 yrs , most two packs a day and just passed my four yr five mo anny ,, never give them a thought and so I hope you are healing from the op and are embracing the well being that is just getting better every day
Posted 06 July 2006 - 11:25 PM
Anyway, here we go into day 25 and I'm still hanging in there...I wish I had the strength to do this years ago, but I'm thinking of all the extra money I will have and how I should now live longer.
I am getting encouragement from all the great posts on this forum, and how close to each other you all seem to be. I am taking the attitude that if you can all do it, I can too!!!
Posted 06 July 2006 - 11:38 PM
You can do it! Believe in yourself and you can! I can't imagine smoking.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 11:47 PM
Restless nights are a well-known side effect of quitting smoking. I once tried quitting with the 24 hour patches and I could not sleep at all well untill I figured out that I never smoked when I was asleep anyway!!
When I did manage to quit a few years ago, I suffered from a very sore throat and headaches for a couple of weeks but nothing else. I think, having read lots about quitting smoking all over the internet and in books etc., that everyone has a different experience. I am sure it will pass soon and you'll not give it a second thought.
Remember that a few months of restless nights are a small price to pay for avoiding cancer/heart attack/stroke or Emphysema. Try some camomile tea or a horlicks before bed and promise yourself that you will never ever have another cigarette! (Even if you did have one, you'd be up all night beating yourself up and that wouldn't solve the problem!)
Best of luck
Posted 07 July 2006 - 01:48 AM
Posted 07 July 2006 - 03:11 AM
Posted 07 July 2006 - 12:05 PM
* Irritability, anger, hostility, anxiety, nervousness, panic, poor concentration, disorientation, lightheadedness, sleep disturbances, constipation, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, sore throat-gums- or tongue, pain in limbs, sweating, depression, fatigue, fearfulness, sense of loss, craving tobacco, hunger, and coughing (body getting rid of the mucus clogging the lungs).
* Symptoms may last from a few weeks to several months. After withdrawal subsides... urges for nicotine (for the effects of the drug) occur in response to all kinds of cues to smoke or chew.
When I quit and had the sore throat and headaches, I remember thinking if I started smoking again, they would go away. I know now it was all part of the mechanism for finding an excuse to start again... if I had started, I would just have had to go through all the misery again the next time I quit!
Hope this helps - cheers
Posted 07 July 2006 - 04:05 PM
Keep posting and keep educating yourself on how to stay quit and to understand this addiction so you can stay free of it. Hope to see more of you here Maryrose!
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