So I'm new to this site, I recently quit smoking 6/06/15 I decided to quit because I kept getting some pretty bad throat problems, where after smoking for a few days my throat would start hurting extremely bad to the point where it hurt to swallow, so I decided enough is enough and I quit cold turkey. I haven't had any throat pains since I've quit and the withdrawals weren't as bad as I expected them to be at first, but sadly about a week ago I've started getting some pretty bad sleeping problems, where some nights I can't even sleep at all, which causes me to get anxiety.. and then I end up staying up until around 5am, and eventually I just pass out from exhaustion for about 4 hours.
Other days I'm able to fall asleep, but I always end up waking up around 3 hours later, and I have to lay there for a couple more hours to fall back asleep again or just get up. Now I'm willing to suffer through this just to stay away from cigarettes, but my problem is I already deal with a lot of anxiety and depression in my life not caused by quitting alone, but I've always dealt with anxiety in general. I think quitting has caused my anxiety to heighten a lot more also though, because it hasn't been this bad in a while. So this lack of sleep has really been bringing me down and making it a lot more hard for me to live a normal day to day life.
So I was wondering if you guys would be willing to give me some of your methods that have helped you sleep? Maybe some meditation techniques you use, or anything that helps you sleep better so i can try and find something that will help me. I appreciate it a lot. This past week has been extremely hard for me, and filled with anxiety. Any tips would be greatly appreciated, thank you very much