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gfitz
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struggling with insomnia

Posted in Quit experiences 20 Jan 2020
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hi im new to this group. i am 23 days and 5 hours smoke free!! 😀

I was sick over Christmas and had a health scare and decided my health and family were my priority and i quit smokong Cold Turkey.

iv been doing really great besides 1 Massive issue and thats Insomnia. For the last 2 weeks i have been getting 2 hours sleep a night. i am going to sleep easy and fine but its the issue of staging asleep. Can anyone give me any guidance? im really struggling with the no sleep and i feel i have tried all natural remedies tp try and help

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  • Trying.., Hunter New England January 20, 2020 | 17:39
    Hi gfitz
  • Trying.., Hunter New England January 20, 2020 | 17:45
    Congrates on your progress so far.
    I also have issues with sleeping.also im always hungry.
    As it day 29for me i was hoping it would sort it self out soon.
    I was thinking my body isnt sure as to what is happening as i have not been nicotine free for nearly 30yr.
  • Leeann , Central Coast January 20, 2020 | 18:29
    Welcome gtitz I think the body does go into a bit of shock and there are side affects from that. 2 hrs sleep a night however is a massive issue. I would consult a Dr for advice, as maybe you need something mild for a short duration to assist break this pattern or they may have some ideas to break it. Your poor body would be struggling on prolonged lack of sleep. Aside from that you are doing amazing so stay strong and keep going. No turning back😊
  • gfitz January 20, 2020 | 18:36
    i have been to the doctors and she suggested NRT replacement. i was 12 days cold turkey at that stage. i did get some nicotine chewy and yes it actually helped but after 3 days i knew i would just become dependent on them so i stopped. the doctor also prescribed slow release melatonin and that has not helped at all. im not one for medication so iv been trying everything herval and natural. im really not coping and i jist hope it all blows over soon.
  • gfitz January 20, 2020 | 18:37
    hi trying. are you also having insomnia issues? if so, has anything helped? also congrats on your progress!! 😊
  • gfitz January 20, 2020 | 18:39
    Thanks Leeane 😊 i really appreciate all the encouragement
  • Leeann , Central Coast January 20, 2020 | 19:51
    Hey gfitz I agree too that NRT is not the way to go if you are going good cold turkey, NRT is an aid only if needed, and they do still feed the body nicotine whilst one breaks the habit part of the addiction. Yes they can 've addictive also. I respect your choice of natural and herbal options. Have you tried guided relaxation meditation to listen too when you wake up and can't get back to sleep. They are free and available on the internet. Also have you tried or thought of doing yoga at night to get your body really relaxed before sleep. Also once insomnia starts happening it can be difficult to break because the body is falling into that pattern. Persevere as I'm confident it will pass, broken sleep and insomnia is a side affect from quitting. You are doing amazing well. In past quit attempts I have suffered insomnia, not as extreme as yours, but gentle yoga at night and guided relaxation meditations worked for me. Good luck 🤞🤞 it passes really soon
  • Happiness January 21, 2020 | 3:06
    I SLEPT LIKR AA BABY WHEN I FIRST QUIT BUT IAALSO RETIRED AND KEPT STRANGE HOURRS AS I COULD SLEEP WHEN I WANTEED TO. THOSE NIGHTS OF INSOMNIA WERRE HELPED BY BREATHINGG EXERCCISSE ANDV I READ THAT THE MELAATONINE TAKES TWO WEEKS TOO BE EFFECTIVE.UNTIL THEN TRY TO KEEP A NORMAL ROUTINE AND REDUCCE CAFFEINE. GREAT JOB. YOU ARE DOING AWESOME!!
  • softly40, Mid North Coast January 21, 2020 | 8:41
    Hi gfitz Congratulations for your 23 days, Its early days yet, but that's not much help for you at the moment. It will pass, I too suffered from insomnia, not from stopping smoking, but from a very sudden traumatic experience. I too went to the doctors, who put me on some awful medication which made me feel so drugged I couldn't operate during the day. This was decades ago, but I threw them out.

    Just a thought that it might be anxiety, now that a pattern as been set - I took Stress relief from the Supermarket, and took these around 30 mins before bed, or earlier in the evening. I am back to normal now. If it doesn't stop then go back to your GP, but smoking will not rectify the situation. Happiness has suggested Deep Breathing and reducing coffee - you could combine this with Relaxation exercises. You can do this!

  • Pisces24, Central Coast January 21, 2020 | 9:34
    Herbal teas definitely help. No caffeine chocolate tea or coca cola soft drinks after lunch. Switch to green tea. I like a turmeric ginger cinnamon blend made by Dilmah. Get
    it in Supermarket.
    Start getting INTO different teas.
    Buy yourself a funky teapot and use leaves instead of bags. There are lots of Tea shops now in big shopping centers. Try something new. 'YOU'RE a new nice version of yourself now.🐟
  • Nuts January 21, 2020 | 11:40
    Hi gfitz. NRTs are only used to help in the first days of quitting. You ate past that stage and would only be going backwards. You are going so well. Your insomnia will pass. Hang in there. Old fashioned honey and warm milk before bed is great 💕
  • Quit for Life, Northern NSW January 21, 2020 | 17:07
    congratulations on your efforts so far. Sleeplessness is a withdrawal effect from going without nicotine. It can help to have nicotine replacement therapy and/or go see your doctor for support as they may be able to give you something temporarily to help you sleep. You should also avoid any cafeine as it becomes stronger when you first quit smoking and will keep you awake and or jittery. Best of luck for your smoke free journey
  • Quit for Life, Northern NSW January 21, 2020 | 17:08
    I also used cammomile tea which helped a lot
  • jitterbug January 24, 2020 | 14:26
    Exercise heaps, swimming and walking would be good

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