Stop sniffing & smoking – Here’s what happens – Day by day
If you decide to quit nicotine, a lot of it starts happening in your body. Here we have listed what you can expect in terms of abstinence and recovery, and how to best manage it day by day.
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Quitting snuff is a big decision for many, and it is often a long-standing habit to break. How difficult it is to quit completely, varies significantly between different people. This is what you can expect, day by day, and week by week!
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Day 1-3: Nicotine withdrawal
The first two to three days are the worst when it comes to physical withdrawal. The craving for snuff and nicotine can be significant. Many people experience dizziness, nausea, concentration problems, and difficulty sleeping, but even after two days, the worst has been able to fall asleep. Your sense of taste and smell may have been affected during the snus period, but in two days, this is completely restored.
The dizziness is because nicotine acts as a constrictor, and without nicotine, your blood pressure drops. To counteract this, get enough salt, water, and sugar in you, or drink some liquid. Otherwise, there is not much you can do about the withdrawal problems, nicotine-free snuff or chewing gum, works quite well for many.
Fortunately, the worst period is still short, and the vast majority of people pass through the first few days. If you have a relapse already, it is better to wait until the motivation is higher.
Day 4-5: Reduced nicotine intake
After a few days, the sniffle begins to ebb, and some experience one or a couple of pretty good days, while others get a headache. The headaches can then recur in the first 1-2 months, but fortunately, it becomes increasingly rare the longer it goes.
Do you think it’s hard not to have a box to deal with or if it feels empty and strange under your lip – load up with a few different kinds of nicotine-free snuff. It is a great help to many now and beyond. Nicotine chewing gums or other quit smoking products work well too.
Day 6–7: Sweetness, headaches and mood problems
When the worst snus abstinence is over, the suction comes instead. Sometimes the dips come suddenly, and that is when the sweet suction gets worst. To counteract blood sugar, it is good to make sure to eat balanced meals, preferably with a lot of protein, and to have appropriate snacks at hand. Unfortunately, this does not include buns, cakes, or sweets, but do not be too hard on yourself. To gain some weight when you quit nicotine, you simply have to count.
In addition to sweetness and increased appetite, headaches, and mood problems, such as severe irritation or depression, are the most common problems. This period is somewhat similar to what many pregnant women experience. After the first week without snuff, at least the sleep gets better, and the nicotine is finally entirely out of the body!
1-2 weeks: Unstable blood sugar and irritation
Blood sugar continues to matter to most people. The suction persists, and the mood is still not stable. Sudden and strong irritation is common. It is a good idea to be open from the beginning when you try to stop sniffing so that you can get support from friends, family, and workmates, but also because they will have a greater understanding of sudden mood swings.
Remember to praise yourself every time you manage to resist the craving to take snuff and keep in mind that it will only take longer and longer between the moments you feel the need for snuff. Focus more on what you succeed than on any mishaps.
4 weeks: Mouth and gums
After about a month without snuff, you should also notice that the mouth and gums return to normal if you even noticed any difference at first. Exposed cervical and mucosal changes disappear, and the improvements then continue throughout the first year as snus-free.
If you miss the snuff a lot in some situations, it is useful if you find strategies to avoid or manage them. For example, is it hard to see your colleagues putting in a snuff after lunch, make sure you have eaten clearly before then. Take the opportunity to do things or go for a walk instead. Will the will and character falter when you have alcohol in your body? If so, skip the Friday beer with the poles, or the wine for dinner, if you think the risk is high that you will roll there. There will be more occasions!
5-6 weeks: the 40-day crisis
After about 40 days, many are in crisis. At this time, it is not uncommon to still be drawn with mood swings, sweet suction, and perhaps some headaches. But it is also the case that habits that you have had for a long time become an addiction in themselves, which is why it is more than giving up nicotine when you stop sniffing. The brain must learn to relinquish a habit it has learned to associate with a reward (nicotine kick). This process can take a long time, and after 40 days, many experience weakness in both motivation and willingness to resist relapse.
It is best to be prepared and again to take extra support from family, friends, and workmates who may have thought that you have already “done it”. Try to find back to your original motivation. If you have written down why you want to stop sniffing, you can reread the motivation. Try to get back to the same feeling, or figure out how much money you already saved by not sniffing and how much it will be in a year. Think about what you would do with so much money if you had them in your hand today. Many are also helped by continuing to sniff nicotine-free snus for a reasonably long period.
7-8 weeks: A more comfortable period
When the 40-day crisis is over, a lighter period will come, although some former snus experiences moments of mental fatigue. But even this goes over. Just do something else for a while. Spoil yourself with something that gives you pleasure: good food, massage, or sauna, for example.
Exercise is also a great way to gain endorphins and achieve overall well-being in the body. It also helps you to think about other things and minimize some of the risks that nicotine and tobacco have brought.
Of course, if it feels unfamiliar to exercise without snuff, using nicotine-free when working out in the gym is a good idea. If training requires dental protection, nicotine spray, or nicotine tablets may work better.
12-13 weeks: Snus-free forever?
After 90 days comes a new threshold where life without snus becomes easier. You feel normal without snuff. Life has simply returned to what it used to be – minus the snus.
Most who have managed to stay here remain snuff-free. But if you want to do it entirely without snuff, you still have to watch out, and it can be effortless to fall back into old habits.
After about 1 year: Completely restored
Depending on how long and how much you sniff, it will take a long time before your body is complete as if you’ve never sniffed. Nicotine addiction has long been restored, but the small increased risk of, for example, diabetes takes a little while to minimize ultimately. Of course, nothing is noticed in everyday life, but still.