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Fatigue Caused by Quitting Smoking

When quitting smoking, various withdrawal symptoms may appear in varying degrees. The main symptoms of withdrawal are fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, coughing, gastrointestinal symptoms (such as constipation, hunger, cravings, etc.), irritability, and weight gain. All of these symptoms decrease in intensity in the weeks following your choice to quit.

Why Does Quitting Smoking Make You Tired?

When you smoke, your body becomes poisoned by tobacco smoke and by the nicotine present in said tobacco, which acts as a stimulant.

When you remove this stimulant and your body is simultaneously busy detoxifying itself, your body reacts by triggering feelings of tiredness during the two to four weeks after the elimination of tobacco use.

Fighting Against Fatigue Caused by Quitting Smoking

It is possible to fight against the fatigue that is triggered when you quit smoking by implementing a few simple tricks; making a habit of going to bed earlier than usual; protecting yourself from noise and light to ensure better sleep; avoiding the use of stimulating products in the evening; performing quiet, physical activity (e.g. tai chi, qi jong, etc.) to make your fatigue a "healthy fatigue"; placing a balanced emphasis on fruits and vegetables in your diet; and supplementing your diet with vitamin C and magnesium.

Preparing to Quit Smoking

If you intend to quit smoking, it may be useful to anticipate the fatigue that you might feel. You may consider carefully choosing a moment to quit when you are comfortable in your skin, (i.e a holiday period).

You may also be interested in consulting a doctor who may prescribe a nicotine replacement that will gradually stop your addiction and help your body to get through the ordeal without too many unpleasant symptoms. Nicotine substitutes exist in different forms: chewing gum, skin patches, lozenges, etc.

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