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I have been trying to quit smoking lately- it's a terrible habit, and want to stop. However, I have a bit of an odd problem. Normally i don't dream. I have dreamless sleep for 8 hours til I wake up, refreshed.. But since i have stopped smoking(or trying too) I have had vivid, lucid nightmares that are scaring the bejesus outta me! I have only have a few fears, and one is clowns.. I frickin HATE clowns! I will scream like a girl, and run out of the room if I see one. But yet, in my dreams, clowns with glowing red eyes, and spiky teeth, ar chasing after me with blody axes, and knives, taunting me, and in the end I scare myself awake, in a cold sweat, squezzing the stuffing out of my pillow. So as you can imagine, I get up at 3:00 AM, and light one up due to the stress.

Has anybody else noticed Nicotine working as a dream suppressant? I swear that's what it does to me.. Damn, I don't wanna have any more ngihtmares tonight..
 

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I doubt you were having dreamless sleep, you probably just couldn't remember your dreams. Nicotine withdrawal is pretty awful too, I gave up smoking a few months ago after smoking for 6 years and bad dreams are just part of the withdrawals. It's hard, but give it a few weeks and it'll pass.
 

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I always remember bits and pieces of my dreams if I dream. I hope your right about it passing, it really, really is awful..
 

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In the removal of any foreign substance from your system, you're going to experience drawback of some form -- physical withdrawal, mental withdrawal, what-have-you. Although I could be wrong, I could definitely see where removing nicotine from your system could affect this.

Everybody is affected differently. I've been a pack-a-day smoker for over ten years, and when I tried to quit four years ago, I got two months into my crusade. Unfortunately, it affected me in a lot of ways that I truly could not control. I consider myself a happy, friendly person, but for the course of two months, I was the most obnoxiously pissed-off son-of-a-bitch that you could ever meet. I was a dick. No matter how much I tried, I could not find happiness in absolutely anything. Most people would look at that and say, "Please, that's exaggeration," but it's not. I literally had no excuse to enjoy my days; I was so angry and furious, and I put it all due to the lack of cigarettes -- a vice that I highly enjoy.

Other people experience different forms of withdrawal. When I finally butt out for good on March 1st, I'm sure I'll have a week or two of some other odd malady to wrestle with, but whatever you have to go through is worth it, mate.

If there was anything that I could remember from my experience in quitting smoking the first time, I physically felt better. I could get less sleep and be more prepared for a day. I could run, I could taste, I could breathe easier.

And as the wise ones say: This too shall pass!
 

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It sounds like your losing sleep from quitting. If you say you only remember bits and pieces that means that your in "REM" sleep. (I think... lol) Where your body and mind are resting. If you are remembering your dreams, then you aren't getting a full good sleep. It should pass with time. Just remember, physical addiction is gone in 3 days, anything after that is mental.
 
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REM= Rapid Eye movement!

People who get that only, are more pissed off and irritable, might have a little bit to do with withdrawal. Although not neciseraly your situation. I can't get firefox to fix that spelling error.
 

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I have been an addicted smoker for... too long; over 10 years. *sniff* all that lost money, all those lost alveoli...

*Huggles all the smokers and those trying to quit*


 

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Yeah, I'm feeling pretty irritable.. I'm sure my posting around here lately will testify to that too.. My Sasuke avatar looks about how I'm feeling.. but I haven't had one today yet, and I went and got some of that Commit gum, maybe it'll help.
 

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The gum does take the edge off.. Anyone who's trying to wuit, I recommend it. Just don't expect it to ease all cravings- it just helps.
 

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I have been trying to quit smoking lately- it's a terrible habit, and want to stop. However, I have a bit of an odd problem. Normally i don't dream. I have dreamless sleep for 8 hours til I wake up, refreshed.. But since i have stopped smoking(or trying too) I have had vivid, lucid nightmares that are scaring the bejesus outta me! I have only have a few fears, and one is clowns.. I frickin HATE clowns! I will scream like a girl, and run out of the room if I see one. But yet, in my dreams, clowns with glowing red eyes, and spiky teeth, ar chasing after me with blody axes, and knives, taunting me, and in the end I scare myself awake, in a cold sweat, squezzing the stuffing out of my pillow. So as you can imagine, I get up at 3:00 AM, and light one up due to the stress.

Has anybody else noticed Nicotine working as a dream suppressant? I swear that's what it does to me.. Damn, I don't wanna have any more ngihtmares tonight..
i dont know much about quitting smoking but i agree with u clowns are scary just look at them all happy and smiley there just waiting for somebody to leave there kids alone so they can eat them
 

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I didn't bother with gum or patches or anything, didn't have the money. I just waited till I had no money to buy any more cigs and couldn't get any. I went without, it was bad for a week or 2 then ok after that. That was about 3 or 4 months ago. Sometimes I still feel like a smoke but that is not really often. I guess it'd be worse for someone who had been smoking most of their life tho, I had been only for 6 or 7 years
 

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I'm just wondering, why did you guys start? If you don't mind me asking.
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Stuff is getting better, although I still dream about bad stuff.. Luckily last night, I managed to take a clowns head off with his own axe. That's a good thing, right? But most importantly, the cravings are fading.
 

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It's the tobacco companies getting their revenge!
 
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Unfortauntly I am a smoker too, but thankfully my habit is pretty light compared to most people, about 5-7 ciggarettes a day, plus they are the short ones. Anyways I have tried to quit a good handful of times, the longest I went was 10 days exactly (I was dumb going back that time, my cravings were like 90% gone then), and the second longest is 4 days, every other time I attempted was like 1-3 days. Anyways so I have gone through nicotine withdrawal plenty of times. I never expeiranced dreams from the withdrawal though, I expeiranced mainly irrability, mind obssesively thinking about it and watering mouth. Although I have tried to quit other things and had dreams about me doing the actual thing I am trying to quit. Which would make me want it 100 times more when I woke up. So yes this is pretty normal for addictions, and it is encouraging to see other people quitting, I need to do the same.

Here is a little tip to make it better, the first 48 hours is the worst for me, so here is aneasy way to knock out the first 18 without a problem. Schedule your last ciggarette to be like 2-3 hours before bed on a weekend when you can sleep in, so by time you get out of bed it will be at least 15-16 hours since you have had a ciggarette. When I do that usually I do not have any cravings until after I eat breakfast.
 

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I've decided not to quit. Things are very stressful right now, and I am not doing to good. The dreams are getting worse, and I don't know what to do.. My body hurts,and I can't focus, - and as far as health goes, I doubt it'll make any difference whether I smoke or not, considering my grandpa never smoked in his life, and died of lung cancer last year.
 
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I've decided not to quit. [...]considering my grandpa never smoked in his life, and died of lung cancer last year.
Hmm...I find that's not quite a good reason to give to continue smoking. It sounds equal to claiming that you can be a reckless driver because some family member died in a car crash even though she always stuck to the speed limit. It's scientifically proven that smoking increases the risk of lung cancer. However, that doesn't mean smoking is the only way to get lung cancer!

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That's not the only reason though.. LIke I said, stuff is stressful right now.
 
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That's not the only reason though.. LIke I said, stuff is stressful right now.
Yeah I understand dude, I am in the same situation right now. I want to quit but things are really stressful right now so I can not. I am dealing with full time college, part time work, social life, and some pretty serious medical problems right now. Between all of that I can't help but want to calm my nerves.
 
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