After You Quit Smoking – What to Expect
After you quit smoking, there a number of physical and neurological symptoms that your body goes through. Many of which obviously can make things a bit uncomfortable and difficult to resist satisfying your desire for nicotine. Here’s what to expect after you quit smoking.
Plan for the symptoms to continue for about 8 – 12 weeks after you quit smoking before you a really start to think and feel as an ex-smoker. The normal conditions that you can expect to experience are nausea, headaches, short temperedness and thirst, which your body actually often confuses with hunger. These symptoms will peak at about 48 hours after you last puff of smoke, and will dissipate over time. Some side effects, however, may linger as long as 6 months, but generally not nearly at the level you experience right after you quit smoking.
Almost immediately after your last cigarette your blood pressure will start to decrease, your hear rate slows, ad your hands and feet may start to feel warmer. As a result, you may start sweating more and may even feel slight tingling in your hands and feet as well.
After about 8 hours of your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal and the oxygen that flows through your blood also returns to a stable level.
When you make it past the 48 hour mark, your nerve endings in your lungs actually start to heal and reproduce, and your senses come alive as your ability to taste and smell improves tremendously. As the lungs start to repair themselves, you may experience some cold-like symptoms. Your throat could become soar, and might cough up some heavy mucus or have other respiratory problems. This is completely normal.
Withdrawal symptoms may also include restlessness or insomnia, a felling of being in a state of confusion, irritability, short-temperedness, anxiety and irritability. Studies show that people tend to go through a period of depression and can have extreme mood swings when they quit smoking and suffer from nicotine withdrawal as well.
It’s important to understand what you will experience after you quit smoking in order to plan your end date appropriately. By being aware of the potential symptoms you may experience, you can also mentally prepare yourself for a tough road ahead. When you expect the worst, you’ll be pleasantly surprised and find it easier to reach your goal.