Ok... For all of you using the patch, as I am, as a quit aid, I have a question.
When do the freakin nightmares stop!?
The mornings are one of the hardest for me so I really would rather keep the patch on all night.
I have seen the advice to take the patch off when you go to bed. It may lessen the chance of the nightmares. Of course it is your option to do what is best or what works.
I used the patches for 2 weeks, but could not keep them on at night because of the nightmares...Had to change things around, took my shower first, put the patch on, then went to make a cup of coffee...
That (changing the routine) also helped when I stopped using the patches, I had learned by then to have the coffee without a cigarette.
Many here used the patch! I did not! I hope you get some good replies! ~Terrie!
Over my 4 1/2 years of experience here, I have often heard about nightmares when leaving the patch on at night. So - I would try leaving it off and applying a fresh one in the AM. I think you would be wise, then, to also change up your routine when you get up. It takes a bit for the nicotine to build back up in your system - so doing something else for a bit before you drink your coffee (like @Daniela suggested) would be a good idea. Maybe go for a quick walk right out of bed? Or come to the site and do some reading? Or even play a computer game for a bit?
Hi, I am now on the last patch, I still have weird dreams, but I don't want to wake up in the morning in a panic. I have 4 patches, and then I am done , I don't know what patch you are on but every time you step down it is HELL. if I can help let me know, Helen.
I never had nightmares when I was on it, but I do remember reading that they suggest that you take it off at night if nightmares happen. Here's an article to understand why. it's kind of a blah, blah, blah article but it gives some understanding why for some it reacts that way: The effect of transdermal nicotine patches on sleep and dreams. - PubMed - NCBI and then this is from drugs.com:
I never used the patch but I do know people who said they had to take it off at night and slap a new one on first thing in the morning because of the nightmares. If mornings are your worst time, you might need to change up some routines that seem to contribute to that anxiety. If you drink coffee, drink it with the other hand or drink green tea for a while. If you are tense because of getting ready for work...do everything you can possibly do the night before, lay out clothes, set up anything you will need in the morning and make things as smooth as possible. Set your alarm for a few minutes earlier, put the patch on and let it start working. When you are finally done with the patches, drink as much water as you can to flush your system of the nicotine in the patches. This is your journey, you have to take charge of it and you have to take on the mornings head on.
I tried the patch. I stopped using it because of the night terrors. They were so vivid. One I will never forget will make you smile but I was terrified! I was cooking, using the oven, opened the oven door and a live goose came flying out of the oven flapping its wings and screeching. I will never forget that. I was so scared it obviously jerked me awake! Maybe it works for some people. I was under the supervision of a doctor, he didn't seem that shocked. Must be a fairly common side effect. Me, I don't like fear.
Thank you everybody! Lots of great suggestions and, as always, support to continue the battle.
Good news... I intended to take the patch off and take a dose of niquil to make sure I got some good rest for this nasty cold I have. Took the niquil, forgot about the patch but I'm very happy to say I don't recall waking up from an 8 hr snooze with a single dream of any sort. With any luck it wasn't just because of Mr Vick's snake oil.
DAY 6! WHOOP WHOOP!
Congratulations, you are almost through Hell week!
I used the patch and after a few vivid and very colorful dreams I stopped wearing it at night It was also difficult to fall asleep with it on . I took it off about an hour before I went to bed, there was enough nicotine in my system to last until I went to sleep .I never had those dreams again .Mornings were very hard for me so I put the new patch right on the nightstand and put it on the very first thing in the morning . I even kept some nicotine lozenges so I could immediately pop one in my mouth while the patch took effect, I am very happy to tell you that after 52 years of smoking with the help of the good Lord ,the patch and being on this site I am now 2 years smoke and nicotine free it was official at 12:00 midnight two years !!!!
So please stick with it You can sleep well without the patch and eventually you will not only be smoke -free but nicotine free too and loving it !
Thank you Bonnie. Congratulations on your 2 year aniversary! That is awesome! Whoop whoop! Great advice about the lozenges for the quick fix until the new patch starts to work. I will most definitly try that. I miss my sleep to much not to.
Hi Tcbear. Sorry to hear about the nightmares. I also take the patch off before bed. Congrats also on Day 8!! I stopped using the patch because I'm allergic to the adhesive or the nicotine or something. It became accumulative and when I put another patch on, all the sites where all the other patches would start itching. Yikes, it was driving me crazy. I've used the patches on previous quits and that never happened before but it just goes to show you, things change and that is a good thing!! It means so can we and it can be easier!! So this is day 3 with out the patch and I am on day 11. I'm actually doing ok. Hang in there Tcbear!!
Hi Laura and thank you! Congrats on majical number 11. Keep up the fight! WE ALL ROCK!
If you have a problem with adhesive This is what happened to me and how i handled it :
When I put the patch on in the morning it always made my skin under the patch itch for 20 to 30 minutes then it would stop I found the less expensive brand (Walmart ) bothered me the least .
My upper arms and the back of each shoulder handled the patch the best Each night when I removed the patch I also completely removed the glue residue with a cotton ball and alcohol ....very important to prevent build up and itching.
One time I put the patch on my inner upper arm and it really itched a lot and turned very red I had to take it off and move it to my outer arm Probably the inner skin was more sensitive .
These little problems with the patch were very small in comparison with how much the patch helped me to quit by making the Withdrawal gradual and so much easier .
Good morning, Tcbear! I'm sorry you're experiencing the nightmares, but if you aren't assured by now, let me just add to it: I had them, too. I've tried to quit numerous times using the patches and always ended up with nightmares. Horrid, horrid nightmares that made me wonder what evils my subconscious hides. I digress. My point is, I think it's relatively normal. I can't suggest much more than what everyone else already has except for one thing. Try taking the patch off 2 hours before bedtime. The nicotine is still in your system and should help the bedtime craving. Taking it off early should help you sleep better and not have the constant stream of nicotine aiding those night terrors. Good luck!
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