Let’s be honest, we all know why we should give up smoking.
The question is, why can’t we take the plunge?
Well, maybe it’s the fear of the unknown…
So how about I talk you through the nitty-gritty of just what happens during those first 24 hours after you stop smoking?
It’s worth noting that, daunting as the psychological prospect may be, your body starts reaping the physical rewards from the very moment you stub out that last cigarette.
Two hours smoke free
Within the first two hours, you are likely to feel the first pang of a craving. And not giving in may result in cravings such as snappiness, irritability, the urge to stuff your face (increased appetite) and restlessness.
Cravings can make you feel like you’re going around in circles and that’s no fun. But there are some positive, as pointed out by Keeley, your circulation is already improving. If you’ve been suffering from cold fingers and toes, they’re about to start warming up.
Five to eight hours smoke free
Unfortunately, you’re still in the withdrawal phase but again; there is a good side. Up until now, the carbon monoxide from the ciggies has been overcrowding the oxygen in your blood. But five to eight hours in, the carbon monoxide has halved. With your oxygen levels returning to normal, your head will become clearer and your muscles less stiff.
Ten to twelve hours smoke free
If this is when you usually have your last puff before bed, you may experience a pang of psychological craving. It may seem like getting to sleep without your nightly cigarette is an impossible feat but remember, your heart can relax a little now. As the carbon monoxide decreases, your heart will beat less vigorously, while still getting enough oxygen. Happy heart, happy sleep?
Twenty-four hours smoke free
Okay so your lungs are starting to clear out remaining debris. Unfortunately, they do this by giving you a hacking cough that makes it seem like you may cough up said lungs. Although it’s a bit gross, it’s all for the greater good. The most important thing is to keep going.
Smoking is the leading cause of heart disease and attack but 24 hours after you stop smoking, this risk starts to decline rapidly. If this doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will. The first 24 hours are important, but there is a lot more healing to be done. Find out more about what happens 24 hours after you stop smoking with Keeley.
“And, thanks to AYR, the process is so much more bearable or, indeed, enjoyable, as you see your body coming back to life while still enjoying the things you loved about smoking.
So stay calm. Your body is going through some major changes and working hard to get you back to normal, but it’s thanking you all the way.” (Keeley L Walker)