Many smokers do not attempt to quit smoking for the fear of withdrawal symptoms. But often these symptoms are exaggerated as they depend a lot on your attitude and outlook about the process of giving up smoking. Although there are certain common symptoms, all the withdrawal symptoms may not be found in everyone.
The nicotine levels on a smoker’s body do not instantly drop down below the maintenance level. This process takes at least two to three days. Most significant withdrawal symptom during this time is frequent craving for cigarettes. But if you drink plenty of water, keep moving, and breath heavily, you will be able to significantly resist your urge to smoke. You will gradually become aware of few other physical symptoms too. These symptoms are indications that your body is gradually being healed. Here are a few notable withdrawal symptoms.
Constant craving for cigarettes
Craving for cigarettes can be highly intense and frequent in the first few days after quitting. Over the next few days the cravings become less intense and frequent. But in some people this craving may last even for weeks. Even many of the former smokers, who haven’t smoked for years, occasionally crave for a cigarette.
You can get rid of this urge if you engage in some interesting activity as it can distract you. Deep breathing too can help you overcome this urge. The desire to smoke usually ends a few weeks after you have quit.
Another withdrawal symptom associated with smoking is severe cough. This happens because your respiratory system and lungs are getting rid of the toxins that have been restricting your breathing. The cough may last for a few days. You may use cough syrups or drops for relief.
You may suffer from bouts of insomnia in the first few days after you give up smoking. This could be because of the persistent cough which is another withdrawal symptom. But if you have been successful in giving up the habit completely, you will be healthier and more energetic.
On the contrary, some people feel sleepy in the first two or three days after they quit smoking. Some say that they receive a boost of energy when they smoke. It takes some time for your body to get used to the absence of this energy. So if you feel sleepy, take a nap, instead of reaching for a cigarette.
You may feel occasionally dizzy in the first few days after you give up cigarettes. This happens because the oxygen intake through your lungs is more than what it used to be when you were smoking. This dizziness may last only for a few seconds. When your body gets used to this increased oxygen intake, you will no longer feel dizzy.
Quitting smoking can cause some sort of chemical changes in the mouth. These chemical changes cause sores, blisters, or inflammation. These withdrawal symptoms happen to only a few people and it goes away after a few days without any medication.
Your body starts to sense some sort of loss when the nicotine level reduces significantly. This will lead to tension, irritability, and temper. You can get rid of these problems by deep breathing and rigorous but exciting physical activity.
Inability to concentrate
Some of the smokers may find that they are unable to focus on the task that is assigned to them after they give up the habit. This can also be the results of other symptoms like irritability, loss of sleep, and a drastic change in the daily routine. But gradually these troubles will wither away and you will be able to retrieve your ability to concentrate.
Tightness in your chest
Some people who quit smoking complain of chest pain. This is because your body is receiving more fresh air than before. You feel the tightness because the extra air that comes in to your body fills your lungs. Usually this trouble lasts for first one or two days. But if this becomes a persistent problem, it is better to consult a doctor.
When you quit smoking, internal movements in the body will be decreased for some time. This symptom lasts no longer than four days.
Do not ever worry about these symptoms unless they persist for a really long time. You need to remember that these symptoms are indications that your body is getting healed of tobacco addiction. You may consult your doctor and use nicotine patch or nicotine gums that will help you resist the urge to smoke.
It is also important to know that not all physical ailments or discomforts that happen after you quit smoking are withdrawal symptoms. In some people potential diseases becomes more evident when they have stopped smoking. It is also recommended that you see a dentist soon after you have quit smoking.