Quitting smoking takes desire, commitment, and drive, but it also requires some research. Knowing what to expect – both the pleasant health benefits and the unpleasant withdrawals – can help you persevere and overcome a cigarette addiction.
The human body is incredibly resilient and actively works to heal itself, so a lot can happen in the first 24 hours without a cigarette:
In as little as 20 minutes After you quit smoking, you will notice a drop in blood pressure and increased blood flow to your extremities. after 8 hours Without a cigarette, the levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your body are halved, so your brain gets the oxygen it needs to function optimally. by the midpoint of the first day Your carbon monoxide levels are back to normal and the workload on your heart is reduced. and from the 24 hours Mark that you have successfully lowered your chances of having a heart attack.
It’s also important to know that due to the lack of nicotine, you will experience some physical and emotional withdrawal. The main thing to remember is that These symptoms are temporary and will go away over time.
Nicotine cravings: These can start as early as 30 minutes after your last cigarette, but only know that they usually only last about 15 minutes.
Increased appetite: You will likely regain your appetite almost 24 hours after your first cigarette (cigarettes contain serotonin and dopamine, two chemicals that suppress hunger). Have healthy snacks ready when your stomach starts talking.
a headache: Prepare for any headache or dizziness you may experience, but don’t worry, it won’t last long.
Fatigue: Since nicotine is a stimulant, you may feel a little sleepy on the first day. If so, have a cup of coffee or tea and wind down.