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Posted in Quit experiences 17 Dec 2015

I had a nightmare the other night that I had started smoking again. It was so vivid (I could taste and smell it and was disappointed I had started again) that when I woke up I really thought I had started again. It was such a relief when I realised after 6 weeks that it was just a nightmare but I did Google "smoking in a dream" as I was worried this meant I was going to start again. Advice was it did not mean you would start again and do not call it a dream but consider it a "nightmare". Anyone else had this "nightmare" after 40 odd days being smoke free. I think Cruella de Ville was trying her tricks again!

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  • lynnecarol December 17, 2015 | 20:08
    Hi there Iwillbeatit, and yes I have had 2 dreams in the one week just the other week, and it was horrible. And mine was very vivid and real also, and was very very disappointed with myself. I have been smoke free for about 80 days now and hope I don't have any more of them lol..I mean dreams. I think dreaming of smoking is quite a common occurrance once you I have been told. Anyways good luck with your quit and hope you have no more of them dreams/nightmares..cheers!
  • Lia December 17, 2015 | 20:19
    No one needs a nightmare to be alerted to the fact that once a smoker, always a smoker. Ever heard of a non smoker wishing they could light up? Absolutely not! A quitter always waits for the urge to pass. It does. When that craving hits you must have already worked out what you will do to say NO!
  • Fullofhope, South Eastern Sydney December 18, 2015 | 21:57
    I cannot remember when but, somewhere on this site, you will find a post from me about the exact same thing. What I found so weird was that the day after I had the dream, I had serious, physical withdrawal symptoms as though I had actually had a cigarette. It gave me great respect for how entrenched those pathways in our brain are - even dreaming of smoking replicates the effects and gives you a strong sense you have actually done it (when you HAVEN'T).

    This is my interpretation of dreaming of smoking (and I still have them - had one this week). It shows just how much it means to us that we give up. We put in an enormous, conscious effort to stop smoking and this shows just how determined we are. But then, unconsciously in our dreams, the fear jacks up and spears into our dreams. All it means is that you are so determined and strong that, it is only in your dreams, you are permitted to contemplate it.

    I am sure the dreams will go eventually (although a friend of mine who has given up for nearly ten years said he occasionally dreams of smoking).

    Good luck with it.
  • Iwillbeatit, Western NSW December 19, 2015 | 20:25
    Thanks everyone - you have helped. I will search for former posts

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