Today is Day 17, and last night I took another step forward on the road to staying quit.
As you all are aware I am using the patches to aid my quit, they are the full strength 24hr ones.
Last night I made the decision to no longer have the patch on whilst sleeping. The reasons were two fold.
1) I want to reduce my dependence on NRT's and rid my body of nicotine altogether, but I know, from past experiences, that I must make that process slow so as not to get complacent. I am pleased to report that I have had no negative effects from not wearing the patch through the night.
2) I have not had a good nights sleep since using the patches, the dreams are awesome though (really should start a dream thread), so thought that if I take the patch off I would get a good nights rest. Wrong. Probably the worst night yet.
However, I shall persevere with not wearing the patch while sleeping from now on. As I see it, if I go back to wearing the patch at night it will be a step back, and I just don't like going backwards.
Next step is to reduce the patch strength, and that's already been decided. Thu 3rd Jan 2013.
Bit by bit, step by step the long road gets shorter.