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How To Stop Smoking And Gain Flexible Sleep

I’m not suggesting every smoker quit tomorrow, but the fact is, one cigarette a day can lead to a lifetime of health problems and a loss of freedom. In most cases, a habit can be broken in as few as three days. It doesn’t matter how many new reasons you have for needing nicotine, you have to start somewhere. And to be honest, you already have some good reasons… but if you have to quit smoking cold turkey, you will be healthier for it. I wish I’d known this 10 years ago when I was struggling with life’s problems. Thank you for your time and kindness, Steve.

I am a 40 year-old male who suffered severe sleep apnea and was diagnosed with stage 1 fibromyalgia in 2010. This is because I was in the worst sleep condition I was able to identify, but I think sleep apnea and the associated pain are connected. Now, I am on a medical prescription, and I’m feeling better than ever.

I read your post on quitting smoking on a recent trip to the gym. It was helpful for me. My problem was insomnia, or lack of it, because of my sleep apnea. I quit smoking in August. I did not have a problem for a while, but it seemed like I was still on medication. This was really discouraging. At my local gym, I was doing some pushups and situps to improve my posture and get rid of the sleep apnea. It made me feel better to do things to do with my body–like lifting and squats, and these activities seem to relieve my sleep apnea problems and I’m feeling better. (I really like the work out and I didn’t want to change or stop.)

Thank you so much for your informative and kind comment on insomnia! It really helped me to find an answer to the real issue, which is sleep and medications associated with it. I’m glad it helped me learn more about the issue.

Hi All

I am 41 years old, with 5 kids – 2 girls, 2 boys. I suffered from many problems with my sleep: lack of sufficient sleep each and every day, irregular sleep with a few days waking only very late, feeling restless even when I’m awake and sometimes feeling completely exhausted after only a few hours of sleep. I would always feel I would start the night feeling refreshed and ready to go and I would wake up feeling tired and not refreshed. At times, I felt completely “drunk.” I would fall asleep several times in each night, wake every few minutes for as long as 15 or 20 minutes… and then I would fall back to deep sleep as soon as sleep would return.

I would see my wife after each one of the above moments and she would always say something along the lines of “you should have slept better last night.” So many times we would say the same thing: “well maybe if we’d slept for a few more hours, it would have been better.” And it would actually feel better during sleep to the point that I wouldn’t remember what happened that night.

The problem became so severe that my wife had to go into a sleep lab because it was affecting her too. The doctor looked at me and said, “If you want to sleep better, you need to improve your sleep pattern.” He suggested I go on a program that was meant to increase muscle tone, but that did not work because I wasn’t moving my muscles. It also caused severe muscle and joint pain which would become worse as I had to do more exercises to maintain my muscle tone. I was only sleeping a little less than 6 hours a night. One doctor prescribed Excedrin and that caused terrible stomach aches… and even pain, like you described. Another doctor told me I was “stressed out about your family and about work, but you are being lazy and not getting enough sleep.” And the final doctor, after doing some brain scans of me, told me that I have sleep apnea and I needed to get the medical help that is needed for sleep apnea. (I knew that was the root of the problem, but I did not know that it was caused by sleep apnea.