Re: 24 hour patch?
- From: Sleepyman <yea@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 21:22:48 GMT
On Wed, 27 Jul 2005 01:25:21 GMT, "Echo" <nomail@xxxxxxxxxx> kindly
posted these remarks
<:>Perhaps this may help explain about your dreams:
<:>"The smoking dreams are common if not universal among ex-smokers. It is
<:>especially common when a person is off a short time period, and if it occurs
<:>within days or weeks of a quit, it is likely to be extremely disturbing and
<:>very realistic. Realistic enough in fact that the ex-smoker will wake up
<:>smelling and tasting a cigarette, convinced that he or she has actually
<:>smoked. I have had numerous clients search the house for the butt, it was
<:>that realistic of a sensation. Let me explain first why the physical
<:>sensation is so pronounced.
<:>When first quitting, one of the early physical repairs that start up is
<:>cilia production. Cilia are tiny hair-like projections that line your
<:>trachea and bronchus, constantly sweeping particulate matter out of your
<:>lungs. When you smoked, you first slowed down, then paralyzed and would
<:>eventually destroy cilia. This is why smokers often have more colds and
<:>flues, they wipe out the first line of defense against the incoming microbes
<:>causing these illnesses.
<:>When a person stops smoking, usually within 72 hours or so, cilia starts to
<:>regenerate. The ex-smoker may start cleaning out the lung in a matter of
<:>days. One of the early symptoms first encountered is coughing and spitting
<:>out, this is mucous and trapped matter that was never being cleaned out
<:>efficiently while smoking but now has an escape route and mechanism to start
<:>sweeping it. Ugly but good, you are starting to clean out a lot of garbage
<:>in your lung. Much of the garbage is tobacco tar--tobacco tars that have a
<:>very distinct taste and smell.
<:>Let's say you are dreaming now, maybe a totally innocuous dream having
<:>nothing to do with smoking. While sleeping, cilia are sweeping, tobacco tars
<:>get brought up, reach sensory nerves for taste and smell and low and behold,
<:>you create a dream sequence involving a cigarette. But not only are you now
<:>dreaming, physical sensations of taste and smell persist upon awakening.
<:>This then becomes a real smoking sensation.
<:>This gives a plausible explanation of why the dream occurred and why it was
<:>so vivid. But that is not the end of the significance of the dream. The
<:>dream can be interpreted in one of two ways upon awakening, and quit often,
<:>the ex-smoker takes it as a sign that they actually want to smoke. After
<:>all, they had been off smoking and just dreamt about it, that means they
<:>want to smoke, right?
<:>I used to get calls in the middle of the night for clinic participants
<:>panicked by the dream. They would start off saying, "They can't believe it,
<:>off all this time and they still want to smoke." They knew they wanted to
<:>smoke because they dreamt about it. I would then ask them to describe the
<:>dream. They would tell about the vividness and realism, and they would
<:>almost always say it started to take on a nightmarish proportion. They would
<:>wake up in a sweat, often crying, thinking that they just smoked and blew
<:>the whole thing, that they were now back to square one. That all that time
<:>off smoking was wasted.
<:>As soon as they would finish describing their feelings, I pointed out one
<:>very obvious fact. They just dreamt they smoked and assumed that meant that
<:>they wanted to smoke. They woke up and upon further clarification, they
<:>describe the dream was a nightmare. This is not the dream of someone who
<:>wants to smoke; it is the dream of someone who is afraid of smoking. This is
<:>a legitimate fear considering the ex-smoker is fighting a powerful and
<:>deadly addiction. Hence, it is a legitimate dream too. It kinds of gives you
<:>a sense of how bad you would feel if you actually do go back to smoking. Not
<:>physically speaking but psychologically. If the dream is a nightmare it
<:>makes you realize how bad this feeling is without having to actually have
<:>smoked and fallen into the grasp of nicotine addiction again. It can give
<:>you some perspective about how important not smoking is to your mental
<:>The dangerous dream is when you smoke a whole pack in it, hack and cough,
<:>get socially ostracized, develop some horrible illness, end up on your death
<:>bed about to let out your final live breath-and all of a sudden wake up with
<:>a smile on your face and say, "that was great, wish I could do that when I
<:>am awake." As long as that is not the dream you were having, I wouldn't let
<:>myself get to discouraged by it. If that is the dream, then we may need to
<:>In regards to smoking, no matter what you do in your dreams, you will be OK
<:>as long as you remember in your waking state to Never Take Another Puff! "
<:>"Sleepyman" <yea@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
<:>> I was wondering if the patch is supposed to last for 24 hours.(I am
<:>> using 21mg) I find increased desire for nicotine at about 22 hours.
<:>> I'm also just into my fourth day and wondering when this is supposed
<:>> to start getting easier. I dream about smoking..........
"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."
- Hunter S. Thompson
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