Here are some links to websites that give side-effects to stopping smoking and how you may feel when you stop smoking.
“When you quit smoking, you’ll likely to face the side effects of nicotine withdrawal. We all know that nicotine is a very addictive substance found in cigarettes. A very clever toxin, nicotine binds to the different areas of your body, including the brain’s receptors, giving you that pleasant sensation every time you smoke. Once your body gets used to it, it can be very difficult to come off. And since you’re cutting the supply of nicotine to your body, withdrawal symptoms will start to appear.
Both your moods and emotions are going to be affected. You will become irritable, depressed or anxious. Anyway, I assume you are used to this kind of feelings especially when you are in a situation wherein you are not allowed to smoke. Most of the time, you feel you are “on edge” and unable to focus in your routines. Things that would normally take you 15 minutes to complete but today, you’ve been staring at it for an hour.
Don’t fear this kind of quitting side effects, the best way to overcome this is to start doing what you have to do. As soon as you’re doing it, you will forget about the urge to light a cigarette. To show you an example, how many times have you taken any type of exam that don’t allow you to smoke? I assume that during the exam you were totally focused am I right? So don’t believe those myths saying you can’t focus or you can’t concentrate.
During the withdrawal stage, you might experience difficulty in going to sleep and the quality of your sleep might be extremely poor. This is quite normal, keep in mind that this is just going to be temporary. Not everyone is going to experience this, each individual varies from one to the other. So just in case you experience this, don’t take it too seriously, it will soon pass trust me or talk to your physician to have some peace of mind.
What about sharp pain in the chest, coughs, colds, headaches, fever, etc. Well, your body is healing itself and trying to get rid of the toxic waste you have longed injected to it, so I think it’s quite normal if ever you do feel them. Drink plenty of water, take aspirin or pain reliever or better yet again talk to your physician. And be prepared for coughing out a lot of dirty phlegm (ughhhh) out of your body.”
“Once you have given up smoking you may feel very irritable and angry at first. You might snap at family and friends for the slightest reason and may not be a very nice person to be around for the first couple of weeks. These types of feelings are common, as giving up smoking is a huge change and big step in your life. This is a reaction to you losing something that was important to you and that you depended on every day. It is as if you have lost a best friend, someone that has been with you through thick and thin. Obviously, not being able to smoke when you probably really want to, is going to make you anxious, nervous and not in a very good mood. “”Once you have stopped smoking, it is not uncommon to develop a cough that may persist for a couple of weeks. As well as a cough, you could also bring up quite a bit of mucus. According to Ward’s study on the “abstinence effects” from giving up smoking, 60% of ex-smokers reported coughing on the second day, 48% after the first week and 15% within a month after giving up.
Again, this is perfectly normal and actually a good thing. The cilla, or hairs that protect the lungs are ridding themselves of all the tar and toxins that have built up and coated the lungs over the number of years that you have smoked. The mucus is all the rubbish that is finally being loosened and brought up and out of the body.
Although it may take several months for the lungs to fully clear themselves and for the cough to eventually disappear, afterwards you will find breathing much easier and feel extremely fitter.
Drinking water and sucking boiled sweets may help to ease the cough, loosen the mucus in your lungs, keep your throat moist and flush the toxins out of your system. ”
Insomnia and disturbed sleep
Your sleeping patterns may be affected once you stop smoking. In some cases you could find that you are sleeping more than you were before, whilst in others you may find it difficult to get to sleep and wake up frequently during the night.
Again, this is a temporary side effect and should not last longer than two weeks, maybe less, by which time your sleeping patterns should have returned to normal.
Difficulties in sleeping will occur due to the absence of nicotine in the brain. Furthermore, lack of sleep will affect your moods in the daytime and also leave you feeling tired and drained.
If you do have problems getting to sleep try the following methods to relax you in the evening before going to bed:
- Reduce your caffeine intake or better still cut it out altogether for a few weeks.
- Drink a cup of warm milk, cocoa or relaxing herbal tea shortly before going to bed.
- Do not sleep or nap during the day.
- Practice some form of exercise early in the evening to tire yourself out.
- Listen to some relaxing and soothing music in bed.
- Read in bed.
- Have a warm relaxing bath before bedtime.
- Try some meditation and deep breathing exercises.
- Try to get plenty of fresh air and if possible go for long walks.”