How Does Smoking Affect Your Sleep?

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davek

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We just had a thread on reconciling the health effects of smoking a pipe. End conclusion seems to be that a pipe is (naturally) never as bad as cigarettes and varies considerably in the dangers it does have depending on quantity smoked. The effects focused on seemed to be cancer and cardio issues. Fair enough, especially heart issues as any nicotine consumption will affect your heart.

Thing is, the thing about smoking a pipe which seems to be the hardest on me personally is the effect it has on my sleep. I've smoked on and off over the last year, on for months and off for months. Much has been at over 5 bowls a day but long periods have also been around 4-5 bowls a day. Small bowls if that matters.

Anyway, no matter how much I smoke, I seem to wake up after about 4 hours sleep, then I nap for an hour or two later in the day. During periods in which I do not smoke, I sleep 6-7 hours and maybe a little nap later on. That does seem to feel healthier and be easier on me physically.

I know the best advice is to not smoke, that's the best advice for all of us. We enjoy our tobacco and weigh that against the problems it has. So, I'm not looking for that advice.

I'm asking if tobacco affects your sleep at all. If so how? (dreaming, whatever) If there are any allowances you make, like not smoking near bedtime or immediately upon awaking.
 

adui

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I was afraid it would make it hard for me to sleep, since I suffer insomnia anyhow. My bowl or two a day on the weekends and almost none during the week has not caused any changes. If anything I am sleeping better, but that is due to sleep aids.
 

bullet08

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always had hard time falling asleep. then again, i've smoked as long as i can remember. i know caffeine helps me to sleep. yeah, it's strange.
 

davek

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Aging, not smoking, seems to have the most effect on my sleeping and my need for sleep.
Do you need less or more now? Aging definitely has me waking up after less sleep. (then napping) Smoking seems to exacerbate that.
 

seanv

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I haven’t noticed any difference but my wife says i snore more. I counter that with the fact that I’ve always been a snorer
 

BROBS

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Do you need less or more now? Aging definitely has me waking up after less sleep. (then napping) Smoking seems to exacerbate that.
Think it’s possible it’s affecting your heart?
if your resting heart rate goes up, the harder it is to sleep.

coffee or other caffeine has a bigger effect on me, personally.

do you smoke high nic blends?
 

peregrinus

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Smoking kicks up my metabolism in general so I would say it could interfere with my sleep. I don’t normally have a bowl before trying to sleep so can’t say it’s an issue for me.
 
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gervais

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I don't normally smoke right before bed, so I can't really comment. Although I can say that periodically it will give me a little anxiety, for whatever reason ?‍♂️
 
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