help to sleep in 1st few days

after quiting the fags we all have trouble sleeping from time to time. But you can make it easier to get a good night's sleep every night with these simple steps.

[*]Cut caffeine. Simply put, caffeine can keep you awake. It can stay in your body longer than you might think the effects of caffeine can take as long as eight hours to wear off. So if you drink a cup of coffee in the afternoon and are still tossing at night, caffeine might be the reason. Cutting out caffeine at least four to six hours before bedtime can help you fall asleep easier.

[*]Avoid alcohol as a sleep aid. Alcohol may initially help you fall asleep, but it also causes disturbances in sleep resulting in less restful sleep. An alcohol drink before bedtime may make it more likely that you will wake up during the night.

[*]Relax before bedtime. Stress not only makes you miserable, it wreaks havoc on your sleep. Develop some kind of pre-sleep ritual to break the connection between all the day's stress and bedtime. These rituals can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as an hour.

Some people find relief in making a list of all the stressors of the day, along with a plan to deal with them this can act as "closure" to the day. Combining this with a period of relaxation perhaps by reading something light, meditating, aromatherapy, light stretching, or taking a hot bath can also help you get better sleep. And don't look at the clock! That "tick-tock" will just tick you off.

[*]Exercise at the right time for you. Regular exercise can help you get a good night's sleep. The timing and intensity of exercise seems to play a key role in its effects on sleep. If you are the type of person who gets energized or becomes more alert after exercise, it may be best not to exercise in the evening. Regular exercise in the morning even can help relieve insomnia, according to a study.

[*]Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and comfortable. For many people, even the slightest noise or light can disturb sleep like the purring of a cat or the light from your laptop or TV. Use earplugs, window blinds or curtains, and an electric blanket or air conditioner everything possible to create an ideal sleep environment. And don't use the overhead light if you need to get up at night; use a small night-light instead. Ideal room temperatures for sleeping are between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures above 75 or below about 54 can disrupt sleep.

[*]Eat right, sleep tight. Try not to go to bed hungry, but avoid heavy meals before bedtime. An over-full belly can keep you up. Some foods can help, though. Milk contains tryptophan, which is a sleep-promoting substance. Other foods that may help promote sleep include tuna, halibut, pumpkin, artichokes, avocados, almonds, eggs, bok choy, peaches, walnuts, apricots, oats, asparagus, potatoes, buckwheat, and bananas.

Also, try not to drink fluids after 8 p.m. This can keep you from having to get up to use the bathroom during the night.

[*]Restrict nicotine. But we all know that, thats why we dont do it any more.

[*]Avoid napping. Napping can only make matters worse if you usually have problems falling asleep. If you do nap, keep it short. A brief 15-20-minute snooze about eight hours after you get up in the morning can actually be rejuvenating.

[*]Keep pets off the bed. Does your pet sleep with you? This, too, may cause you to awaken during the night, either from allergies or pet movements. Fido and Fluffy might be better off on the floor than on your sheets.

[*]Avoid watching TV, eating, and discussing emotional issues in bed. The bed should be used for sleep and sex only. If not, you can end up associating the bed with distracting activities that could make it difficult for you to fall asleep.

I have now been a none smoker for:. 0Y 20W 4D 0H 30M 53S. I have not smoked: 5760 Cigarettes. That's a saving of £ 1382.61. I will now live longer by: 0Y 2W 6D 0H 4M. Since I Quit on the 16 August 2007 23:30:00.The worldwide death toll due to smoking is: 1972896. Quitmeter free from

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  • I am not sleeping so well

    I am not sleeping so well, but I always had problems with sleeping anyway. I am quit smoking 4 days and so far I have not been to sleep before 3 am since I quit.

    As I work from home, it is ok because I can get up when I like, however I really do not like waking late, I like the morning and for my day to feel long.

    But I also drink coffee and am chewing nicotine gum, so probably until I stop those I will always have trouble sleeping. I do have some sleeping tablets, which I used to take occasionally only, but I have not taken one during this quit, because I find I feel low the day after I have taken a sleeping pill, and I do not want to risk feeling low and losing my motivation.

    So I have just been staying up and not worrying about it, not even tryin to sleep, just staying up, watching some really trashy TV, which is quite fun, and not giving myslf a hard time about sleeping in until 10.30am.

    The E Entertainment Channel is great for insomniacs, totally mind numbing facts about celebs and their lives. Love it.

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