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Don’t blow up Sleep

  • 13 February 2016
  • By Krishna Kumar N

Smoking is detrimental to a good night’s sleep

A recent survey conducted by Sunday, revealed smoking impacts sleep adversely. Majority smokers have difficulty sleeping and most of the times their quality of sleep is considerably poor. Also, the more the number of cigarettes inhaled the less chances of a deep sleep. All these signs are a wake-up-call to the smokers seeking help for good sleep. First and foremost they need to realize, they have to stub this nagging habit, for overall well being.

Looming threat

Scientists have linked smoking of cigarettes to the onset of several diseases such as cancer, heart disease, routine infections, anxiety and depression. While the toxic chemicals and heavy metals consumed during smoking are to blame for these destructive health risks, nicotine -- the substance that makes smoking so addictive -- is often disruptive to another aspect of health entirely: Sleep. Smoking regularly can wreak havoc on the body's natural sleep routine, and some of that damage cannot be undone.

Smokers wake up more frequently during the night

Researchers have found that smokers sleep more lightly on a regular basis than non smokers. The non smokers experience more restorative, deep sleep. Restless sleep doesn’t allow the body to function and restore itself as well, hence subjecting the body to many a long term problems.

Smokers have trouble falling asleep, and wake up feeling groggy

Similar to caffeine, nicotine is both a drug and a stimulant, so it can substantially affect the quality of your sleep if consumed in high quantities and too close to bedtime. It can affect your natural sleep-wake cycle, leaving you feeling groggy and agitated in the morning.

Smoking increases your risk of developing sleep apnea

Smokers are more prone to developing obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea caused by the collapse of muscles in the back of the throat during sleep. Smokers experience this repeated cessation of breathing more often because the smoke they inhale irritates the tissues in the nose and throat, causing swelling that further restricts air flow.

Smoking changes your circadian rhythm

The consequences of this disruption of circadian rhythms moves beyond poor sleep to include risks of developing depression, anxiety and various mood disorders. It is an unfortunate cycle that calls all smokers to break free from!


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