There are over 10 million British adults who smoke cigarettes and last year more than 160,000 people managed to stop smoking through the month of October with the Stoptober campaign.
The idea behind the campaign is if you stop for 28 days you’re five times more likely to stay smoke free. And we at The Sleep Council are behind this initiative because smoking is not only bad for your health, but it’s bad for your sleep too. Smokers take longer to fall asleep, wake more often and often experience more sleep disruption.
The latest research by the University of Florida and Research Triangle Park found that 11.9% of current smokers have trouble falling asleep, 10.6% wake in the night and 9.5% wake too early in the morning. The figures for non-smokers were much lower and significantly the study found that those who had given up smoking saw improvements in their sleep. The researchers also found that for each cigarette smoked total sleep time decreased by 1.2 minutes.
Insufficient sleep has been associated with numerous physical and mental health problems including depression, diabetes and high blood sugar. This new research suggests that smokers may be more susceptible to the illnesses associated with poor sleep along with the more commonly recognised health problems associated with smoking such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
So why not give it a try? Not only will you look and feel better but you’ll sleep better too!
Form more information on Stoptober, or if you want to join in, then visit https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/