Dreams?

I've been off the cigs for 162 days now (I registered with quit.ie when I gave them up, and every so often I check it to see how far along I am). I no longer experience cravings, not even when under pressure or stressed out.

However, I've been having dreams in which I'm in the pub, or at a wedding, or some other social occasion, a friend offers me a cig and I take it without thinking. In the dream, I don't realise what I'm doing until I'm halfway through it, and then I'm so disappointed and annoyed that I wake up on the spot. They aren't nightmares, really, not like the ones I had in the first week of quitting - they're usually quite pleasant (or even boring) up to the point when I realise I've smoked.

I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Did any of the long-term quitters here go through it in their first year, and if so, did it go away eventually? :confused:

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  • Lots of people have dreams about smoking after they have quit, and I've seen at least a few instances where people have woken up in a panic thinking that they have broken their quit.

    It's hardly suprising that we have dreams about it really, given the fact that quitting smoking is a major life decision, unlike the gradual way in which we became full-time smokers.

    Alex.

  • :eek: yep i had one awhile ago and when i first woke up i could still taste and smell the ciggie which really freaked me out and made me think that i had :eek:

    but then realisation dawned on me :o

    i think most people still dream about smoking after all its been a big part of our lives

    i know my mum did after 20 years plus of quitting and when she woke up she was so glad to realise it was just a dream

  • Im new quiter compared to you, but i had one the other day, woke up and my throat was sore and kept coughing all day so even my mom asked you sure you didnt smoke? lol

  • I've been off the cigs for 162 days now (I registered with quit.ie when I gave them up, and every so often I check it to see how far along I am). I no longer experience cravings, not even when under pressure or stressed out.

    However, I've been having dreams in which I'm in the pub, or at a wedding, or some other social occasion, a friend offers me a cig and I take it without thinking. In the dream, I don't realise what I'm doing until I'm halfway through it, and then I'm so disappointed and annoyed that I wake up on the spot. They aren't nightmares, really, not like the ones I had in the first week of quitting - they're usually quite pleasant (or even boring) up to the point when I realise I've smoked.

    I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Did any of the long-term quitters here go through it in their first year, and if so, did it go away eventually? :confused:

    Its the mind who tells to smoke again. All senses are open and your taste find it even though your heart tells to stop smoking. Dreaming like that happens to anyone most especially on first week, its a matter of discipline. When sleeping, try to drop everything, sleep with full of good memories but not smoking of course:)

  • I quit just over 7 months ago, and had my first dream about smoking a few nights ago. It was almost exactly as you described - I took a cigarette without thinking (it was sitting, already lit, in an ashtray), and although I can't remember putting it in my mouth I suddenly had this wave of horror/fear - and I definitely had that taste of smoke in my mouth. I realised I had given up, and felt so panicked that I woke myself up. Horrible. Took me a while to realise it was only a dream.

    Now that I think about it, I've been thoroughly fed up and miserable ever since. Not necessarily related, but it makes you wonder .. I think it alarmed me just how "normal" it still felt, in my dream, to pick it up from the ashtray.

    I really really really don't want to smoke. I just don't seem to have my subconoscious thoughts properly aligned with my conscious ones. Yet.

    I've probably always been a slow learner!

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