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To sleep or not to sleep

Posted in Staying quit 01 Sep 2015

It is now 9 days since I chose not to smoke and I am feeling, on the one hand, confident that I will never smoke again and, on the other hand, disbelieving that I won't try again. I have been taking Zyban - something I did not want to take because I had heard all the stories about nightmares and disrupted sleep. I think it is helping my resolve and the side effects, after nearly two weeks, have disappeared. At this stage I am recommending it.

There are a lot of confusing dreams and I seem to sleep a lot more lightly than I used to. It seems as though I am up half of the night but when I get up in the morning I feel fine. Maybe the sleep I am getting is better without those hideous fags. On balance, I feel more rested.

There are still powerful cravings that distract me from what I was speaking of or what someone else is saying. But I am trying to see that as an interesting way to view the universe, rather than a hindrance. All that said, last night I had to breathe deeply about one thousand times as the dreaded craving descended upon me. It helps to read the inspiring stories on this website.

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  • Not so Cranky76 September 02, 2015 | 19:23
    Great job! You should be so proud of yourself. I have found sleeping difficult and also like I can't get into deep sleep. It will eventually pass and is a small price to pay to beat the addiction. It's a roller coaster ride, with some days amazed that I ever smoked and other moments wishing I still did.. I like to step back and look at it from a distance, take myself out of it- a bit like a spectator, and I find I'm able to see it all in a different light. It helps me get through tough times.
  • Fullofhope, South Eastern Sydney September 02, 2015 | 16:10
    Thanks Nanette. This forum is such a great resource. I logged on because I was feeling rotten and I feel quite cheered up now. Tomorrow you'll be 300 days away from a year. Wow!
  • Nannette, Hunter New England September 02, 2015 | 14:28
    Hi Fullofhope, its Day 10 for you today which is double digits day, so I wanted to say well done and thankyou for lovely words on my post. The journey of quitting certainly tests ones resolve but that the fact you are remaining on TEAM DETERMINED and not giving in is a positive sign. So congratulations and keep posting. x

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