How does smoking affect your sleep?

Smoking affects sleep

Nicotine is a stimulant and can reduce the ability to sleep.

There are many things that can disturb our sleep patterns, from sleep apnea to stress.

Issues caused by chronic sleep loss

Chronic sleep loss can cause many issues such as weight gain, a weakened immune system, depression, and chronic fatigue. Many people don’t realize how fragile our ability to sleep really is. Sleep can be easily disturbed by anything. This includes cigarettes, stress and many other emotional factors. In fact, smoking is a major disruptor of your sleeping habits. Let’s take a closer look at how smoking cigarettes hinders your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

What causes sleep disruption

One way that smoking harms your sleeping patterns is by disrupting what doctors and researchers call the sleep architecture. The sleep architecture is the structure of your sleep. That is the patterns of sleep cycles that constitute your entire sleep experience during the night. You should typically move through a cycle that ranges from light sleep to deep sleep, optimally without waking up in between stages.

Smokers experience something called sleep fragmentation with regards to their sleep architecture. This is something that can affect anyone. Smokers are four times more likely than nonsmokers to experience interrupted sleep. Smokers have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep than non smokers. Smokers are also less likely to fall into a “deep sleep” stage of sleeping which is a vital part of resting and rejuvenating their body during the night. Thus, smokers are not able to get the proper rest they need during the night.

Health impacts due to smoking cigarettes

The tired body of a smoker is more susceptible to illness and stress. Therefore smokers are at an even higher risk of getting sick or feeling glum because their bodies are working overtime to combat the toxins from tobacco.

Smoking can also increase the risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If a person snores loudly and feels tired even after a full night’s sleep, They might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring and a loss of breath that causes the sleeper to wake up continuously through the night. Since smokers obstruct their airways with cigarette toxins and the byproducts of their mucus, many smokers can develop sleep apnea or sleep apnea like symptoms. In fact, the lauded Mayo Clinic research hospital in the U.S. has determined that smokers are three times more likely to experience sleep apnea or sleep apnea like symptoms.

If you are a smoker you have probably heard the thousand and one reasons to quit smoking and sleeping is one of them. Your body cannot function properly if it does not get the rejuvenation of a good night’s sleep. Smoking cigarettes disturbs an already weakened body’s ability to rest and regenerate. If you want to sleep better and stay healthy, then put that last cigarette out for good!

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How does smoking affect your sleep? was last modified: April 17th, 2021 by Maureen

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