Quitting Smoking May Cause Fatigue and Tiredness.

Woman Suffering Quit Smoking FatigueRecovery from nicotine addiction is both physically intense and a very stressful process. During the early stages of chemical withdrawal, quitters undergo a rigorous healing phase. For the majority of smokers, quitting requires immense concentration, self discipline and resilience, resulting in varying levels of fatigue and tiredness.


The symptoms of fatigue are easy to recognise. They also highlight the importance of taking time out from your normal, every day activities during the first stage of healing and chemical withdrawal.

How can you tell if you are suffering from fatigue when quitting smoking?


  • Do you feel constantly tired and sleepy, even after resting?
  • Do you experience headaches, dizziness, poor concentration and blurry vision?
  • Do your muscles ache and feel weak?
  • Do you have a slow reaction time?
  • Do you have a hard time finding the motivation to do anything?
How long does the fatigue from quitting smoking last?


  • Everybody is different and there are varying factors that need to be considered, such as caffeine or sugar consumption, additional illness such as depression or insomnia and external influences that may cause stress and anxiety.
  • In general, fatigue from quitting smoking should only last a couple of weeks and peak within the first few days.
  • If you experience fatigue beyond that timeframe, or your level of fatigue concerns you, seek medical advice as there may be additional causes.


Tips for Managing Fatigue When Quitting Smoking.


Rest, then get some more rest.


Your mind and body are going through an intense physical healing processes. You feel tired and fatigued because you are tired and fatigued.

Don’t make things more difficult by attempting to go about your daily life as though things are normal, they are not.


Drink water and consume plenty of micro nutrients.


The brain and body need nutrients to heal. It is important to at least try and get some nutritional food between the sugar hits you will likely rely on when quitting. Consider getting a juicer.


When able, take small steps toward regular exercise.


Exercise is one of the most healthy and advantageous things we can do for both the mind and body. It encourages the healing process and generates positive endorphins in the brain.

Start small and don’t over do it.

If you don’t normally exercise, then start with a five to ten minute walk. The key is to do this every day.


Relax and get some laughs.


It is very easy to forget what happiness feels like when you quit. While you are relaxing, consider watching some comedy. Laughter is the best medicine!



  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been a smoker for over 20 years. I quit 2 weeks ago and am still going strong. I will never pick up a cig again. I started working in a hospital 3 years ago and witnessed several patients pass away from cancer. I saw them when they were first diagnosed healthy and happy to wasting away to skin and bones within a 6 months period. Very sad. Talk about a reality check. If you want to beat your cravings, Google images of what cigarettes can do to your body I guarantee you won’t pick up again.

    • I’m pretty sure you seen them wasting away in 6 months from the chemo and or radiation treatments.

      • Anonymous says:

        Good Point. Although I think the original poster is saying that they are in hospital because of smoking in the first place.

  2. I’ve begun my quitting process. My doctor told me that if I wanted to sneak a cigarette, make sure that I only had one or two a day. I have been smoking for 27 years and am quitting. Now when I do light up, I can’t finish the cigarette. I began by telling myself a year ago that the cigarettes were tasting nasty and that I was going to quit. Now, a year later; I don’t buy cigarettes anymore. I will get one from someone else, but only one or two at the most a day. I am looking to get some water flavoring so that I can up my water intake. I am also getting me some nicotine gum and some sugarless candy. I am getting some apples and oranges tomorrow when I go grocery shopping. I am going to get some healthy things to eat while I am in the quitting “process”. I have found myself getting cold really quick as to where I was always hot and sweating. I can feel the migraines beginning to come, then I take a nap.

  3. ida cesnik says:

    how come i keep going to the toilet to poop and wees ever since iv stoped smoking.is that normal.im worried

  4. I quit smoking 6 days ago. I had one last cigarette, and like the other times I quit, I didn’t have another “last cigarette” or another “last cigarette.” This time, for some reason, I feel confident. I feel ready. I quit and while I have had some cravings, I just tell myself no, and I actually forget about it for a while. I have even sat outside with my bf while he smokes. I’m glad that it seems like this time it will be for real.

    However, I have quit before, for years at a time, while pregnant and nursing my kids. This is the first time I quit for me, more than for my kids, so I think that’s why it will stick.

    But, I have felt much worse this time. I am exhausted. I am so fatigued. I feel good for about 1 hour after I wake up. Then I have a lot of trouble concentrating and comprehending my school work (I’m in college). I start getting double vision trying to read. After the double vision starts, it doesn’t stop until I go to sleep. I am afraid to drive because of the exhaustion. I’ve been going to bed at 8pm every night, as early as possible, as soon as I have put the kids to bed. It doesn’t matter, I’m still exhausted. I’ve upped my coffee upake, but it doesn’t help.

    It is slightly better now than it was the first 3 days. But school finals are coming up, and I am really regretting my timing. I never felt like this when I quit before, so I wasn’t expecting it. But I’m not going to start back up until the timing is better, then have to go through this detox all over again. It’s awful, and I wish I could concentrate and have more energy.

  5. I am on day 7 of not smoking. I’ve quit cold turkey. My first few day’s were the worst. It’s getting a little better every day. I smoked for 36 yrs. I’m not going to say it’s been easy because that would be a lie. I would think about smoking all the time. Now it’s not as bad. I know I don’t have the means to do this by my self. I asked God to carry me threw this and he has. I’m the weakest person I know. And for me to have 7 days smoke free is only by the grace of God. Amen

    • Amen Sister! He is the only way I have been able to quit and stay that way…all the glory goes to God!

    • Good for you I am also smoke free for 7 days today. I’m sleeping a lot have to motivation and just keep fighting these cravings it not easy and it’s no fun. I just hope it’s better soon my cravings are strong and it’s really depressing me.

  6. Congrats to all who chose to be smokefree! I quit smoking 35 days ago (cold turkey) after smoking for 4 years straight. I had quit before for 3 years (tapering+cold turkey) after 13 years of smoking a pack a day, so I understand what ex-smokers meant when they said quitting again is harder. I am happy for and proud of every person who quits smoking because beating an addiction takes a lot of internal work.
    I have been feeling fatigue off and on, so I took time off from work for the first few weeks to cope. The recovery may be slower than before because I’m in my late 30’s and I live with someone who still smokes (especially indoors a few times). I fall asleep faster and have deeper sleep, but I also feel more energized when I wake up. I still feel those urges once or twice a day when I get stressed, but they get weaker every time. I remind myself that every time I feel crappy, it’s all in my head, and my body is still recovering from years of damage.

    • Ok, I’m so glad I read all your comments. I too quit smoking 13 days ago and I’m totally exhausted. You guys made me feel much better knowing that you went thru the same thing. Congrats to all , hang in there!!

  7. Tiffany, you crack me up!

  8. I stopped smoking 4 weeks ago and I still have every single one of these issues. The tiredness, and my inability to eat anything, are the things that really bother me. I’ve gotten used to the 24/7 blurred vision, and have even stopped wearing my glasses because they’re pointless now, but sleeping 16 hours a day is extremely bad, especially for me. My normal sleep hours is 4, and it always has been. But now it has become 16, technically 18 because I can’t even move for the first 2 hours I wake up. I only get 6 hours of wake time in a day, and even with those 6 hours I do nothing because I can’t physically move. Walking makes me want to pass out, and my blurred vision makes it almost unbearable for me to see anything. Even now I’m unable to see what I’m typing. I guess I should be happy I’m a master typer, but it would still be nice to be able to see, and to be able to not go into a minor coma every time I close my eyes.

    • Also, does anyone know anything I could physically eat? I’ve been eating a handful of Ritz crackers every few hours (or whenever my body allows me to wake up for a moment), but I’m pretty sure they don’t have everything my body needs in order to not die of starvation. I can’t eat hamburgers, salads, chips, or even cereal, and milk is supposed to be healthy for your stomach! But I need other things, because in the past 4 weeks I’ve lost almost 10 pounds. I was 100 pounds when I stopped smoking, if that tells you how badly I need food.

      • Sounds like the lack of food is affecting you more then you think. Trying ensure and multivitamins. You may want to go to your doctor, as this is severally affected your life for the last 4 weeks.

        • Lack of food can cause nausea. It also shrinks your stomach and makes it more sensitive when you do eat. It will also make you more tired. Pedialite, may work also, for hydration. Think food for ppl who have IBS, clear no gluten broth. Nothing to acidic or sugary. Celery, carrot sticks kind of things. Stay away from highly processed grains. And try nuts or whole grains.

  9. Its been 6days for me and it’s getting better I’m so scared something going to trigger me back to smoking so I’ve been very careful on controlling my stress. I’m dealing with a lot of fatigue and anxiety, concentrating I hoe this will pass. I giving grace to God to get me through this I’m doing this for myself and my kids I pray we all are smoke free one day

  10. I have quit smoking just over 5 weeks now and am on nicotine supplements. I have never felt worse as I am so tired all day I can’t move and haven’t worked in over 2 weeks now. The first week you just feel like an alien anyway, which is probably normal, then it was bearable, the fatigue and since over two weeks now it is extreme. Eating healthy and drinking plenty plus taking vitamins and minerals. Seen GP and all my blood tests are fine! I wonder if my severe fatigue could be still from quitting smoking? Anyone has any similar experience??
    Thanks guys!

  11. It’s been 2 weeks for me, I’ve been smoking for 30 plus yrs off and on. This time I was using nicotine lozenges till yesterday. I had blurry vision and lack of concentration and exhaustion for the first week or so. Then I smoked one cig. Ugh.

    I upped the nicotine lozenges thinking it would stop me from relapsing. It did but I got so tired and kind of depressed for a few days. I just let myself sleep a lot. Going to bed by 7:30, up at 6ish.

    Yesterday I didn’t take any lozenges, I started to crave them all of the time and then when I took one it just made the craving next worse. There was all of this anxiety and mental torture.

    Now I’m tired a lot but I think it’s ok to just sleep when I’m able. Now I’m getting off the nicotine lozenge addiction too, gawd! I really just want all of this stuff out of my system and get on with life. I do still crave cigs sometimes. It’s hard, but I’m going to really do it!

  12. I been smoking for about 10 years. I stopped 2 days ago. I can’t stay awake for long I feel so tired and weak and I’ve never felt this way before. I was always good on 4 hours of sleep now I’m sleeping all day I know its only 2 day but when does it stop? Not to mention the feeling hot sucks I get really irritated when my feet are hot 😡

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