Smoke Free Can Lead to Better Sleep
This article reveals one more reason to limit smoking and eventually eliminate it. I hate to be that guy. You know the type...the one who points out what you already know and have heard 100 times. But I need to let you know because giving it up might be a remedy for better sleep.
If you are a smoker, you know it’s incredibly hard to break the habit. I’ve talked to enough smokers to understand the difficulty. As you probably already know, smoking may have already stolen so much of your life. But let’s do a quick review of the negative effects of smoking.
Health effects of smoking
According to the CDC, smoking causes 480,000 deaths yearly in the United States. Smoking has the potential to cause several diseases such as lung cancer, strokes, coronary heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and COPD.1
Also, smaller annoyances in comparison to the diseases listed already: teeth health, gum health, taste, and faster aging. The smoking materials also can affect your sleep.1
Smoking is a stimulant
The nicotine in the cigarette is a stimulant. Interestingly enough, almost every sleep patient I’ve met who smokes doesn’t realize smoking is a stimulant. So the late-night cigarettes and smoking in the middle of the night that calms your nerves may also provide a boost of alertness and energy.
In the solution portion of the article, I want to provide you with 2 tips to help you begin to stop smoking and 1 tip to help you sleep better if you aren’t ready to stop smoking. (I know only you can determine when you’re ready).
3 tips for better sleep
Cut off smoking after supper
As I mentioned earlier in the article, I know it’s difficult to stop smoking. Let’s be real - life is hard; there’s pressure on all sides. Anxiety and stress are real, and I understand smoking brings calmness. So if you aren’t ready to quit in this season of your life, try to stop for a portion of the day and the night. The timeslot should be right after supper and throughout the night. It helps to cut off the constant flow of stimulation that comes from smoking. It’s like drinking caffeine early in the day versus later. Hopefully, this will help improve your sleep and insomnia. If you’re struggling to stop in the evening or at nighttime, try a substitute, perhaps a mint, pretzels, or carrots.
Avoid people, places, and things
No matter the person, no matter the struggle, we all have triggers, relationships, or atmospheres that draw us into bad habits and bad thinking that cause us harm. We all understand this principle to some degree. So instead of placing ourselves in those environments and trying to resist the temptation of falling back into smoking, instead, avoid the relationships, triggers, or atmospheres as much as possible. Naturally, you can’t avoid everything, but as much as you’re able to can be a benefit to your smoking cessation.
Swap in healthy habits
Smoking helps bring calmness to anxiety and stress. That can play a role in why it’s difficult to kick the habit. But I believe that there are better and healthier ways to deal with stress and anxiety. Look for ways to install healthy habits as a substitute for smoking. A few examples could be walking in nature, writing out your struggles in a journal, or talking it out with a close friend or family member.
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