I knew quitting would be hard, but...
October 15, 2012 8:13 AM Subscribe
I quit smoking a couple of weeks ago. I think I'm over the initial hump, but the second wave of side effects is making me CRAZY. Please help me :(
posted by peachfuzz to health & fitness (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I quit cold turkey, from smoking a pack-ish per day. The actual not-smoking-a-cigarette-when-you-really-want-to-smoke-a-cigarette has been predictably sucky, but surprisingly manageable. I haven't had one since The Last One, and the super-intense physical cravings have subsided a lot already.
My problem now is with a bunch of side effects I didn't expect, and they're making my life so shitty that I sometimes seriously consider smoking again just so I can get some goddamn sleep. Here are the major ones:
1) Major insomnia. This has never been a problem for me ever before. I am not drinking more or less caffeine than I did when I smoked. I don't feel especially anxious. But I fall asleep at a normal time, wake up at least a couple of times in the night for half hour or so periods, then really wake up maybe four hours after I fell asleep and spend the next couple hours drifting in and out until I give up and get out of bed. I am averaging perhaps three hours of real sleep a night. I am turning into a zombie. Is there something I can take to help me sleep and stay asleep?
2) Night sweats. Wtf. I am not a sweaty person. My sheet/blanket/comforter situation is exactly right and comfortable. And I'm still waking once per night absolutely drenched in sweat. The bed is actually WET. From my SWEAT. It's horrifying and I am seriously over stripping the sheets every day. What the hell can I do about this?
3) Digestion issues. I've always eaten pretty clean. Lots of whole-food fiber, tons of water. I have always had drama-free digestion. NOT ANYMORE. I am gassy, constipated and its opposite by turns, just overall not doing so great with the whole thing. What do I take/eat/not eat? ARGH!!
4) Sort of a general...sadness? Saudade, really, around not smoking any more. Like, I actually feel sad when I'm in a situation where I would love to be smoking, and I'm not smoking. It's like this major pleasure-giving thing has gone away, I almost feel like I'm grieving for a loss. This is silly, but it's actually also a pretty depressing thing and is adding a lot of sadness to my life that I do not want or need.
So quitting smoking has made me a sweaty, constipated, depressed zombie. I mean it's great, too, and I'm so glad I've quit (and I'm mostly joking about starting again) but I would really like some help with these side effects. Or do I just need to wait it out?