The Stages of Sleep and Marijuana Withdrawal

If you’ve just found yourself figuring out how to quit marijuana, you’ve probably had some sleepless nights. This is one of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms ex-users report to feel. The reason being that THC plays a very active role in the chemicals that allow for sleep.

Normally, it takes a person seven minutes to enter the first stage of the sleep cycle. However, as many of you already know, this isn’t always the case. In situations of stress and pain, that seven minutes could last hours. Due to the fact that marijuana has been known to relieve stress and pain, it allows for easy relaxation.

The second stage is considered to be a light sleep, one in which a person can easily awake. Cannabis doesn’t affect this much. However, the third and fourth stages, known as slow wave sleep (SWS), are affected. While within these stages, you are in that dream-like state. Completely unconscious. Because of marijuana’s effects, pot smokers will find themselves sleeping for longer periods of time while experiencing SWS.

Any lack of sleep felt during marijuana withdrawal is because your body is not used to the sleep cycle without an aid. This is especially true if you’ve decided to quit cold turkey. When learning how to stop smoking weed, it’s important to remember that your body has to adjust to some changes. One of those changes being the way your body shuts down at night.

Waking Up From a High

Though marijuana doesn’t give off the dreadful hangover alcohol is known for, it still leaves slight sensation upon waking. The Ken Kesey classic Sometimes a Great Notion considered this a pot hangover. That groggy feeling you wake up to after a night of getting stoned.

I’m not saying that it’s an unpleasant feeling or something that leaves you in regret. However, it is a rather tiring state of mind. Since THC’s effects are still in you after a good night’s rest, you wake up not necessarily feeling high, but slightly sedated. As mentioned before, marijuana will most likely make you sleep for longer periods of time. Therefore, upon waking, it comes to no surprise that your body is still tired.

After inhaling pot, your muscles loosen, your mind goes into a careless state and you begin to relax. But these sensations, obviously, only last so long. The experience felt in the morning afterwards isn’t the same sensation. Instead, it’s the leftovers of your high.

Detoxing and Trying to Sleep

To ensure a good night’s rest without the aid of marijuana, you must detox the THC chemicals out of your body. I’ve mentioned in previous articles that this could take up to months. Therefore, while undergoing the progression of detox, you may have that itch to get high. Maybe even just to get you to sleep at night.

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An important step in learning how to quit smoking weed is resisting these urges. It’s understandable that you may experience insomnia without weed. I know going to work or class unrested is a nightmare of its own. But it’s important to remember that there are other ways of getting yourself to bed at night.

By the way, these don’t include other nighttime relief drugs. The last thing wants are any possibilities for other addictions. Getting to sleep in a natural way is most efficient in allowing for nighttime relaxation. Also, the lack of marijuana will allow for easier wake up.

How to Manage Sleep During Marijuana Withdrawal

There are a multitude of options to help get yourself to bed during marijuana withdrawal. For example, if you start to exercise, your body will tire itself out on its own. That’s not to say you should overwork your body, just let out some of that energy.

Also, cutting coffee out of your habit helps considering the vitality from caffeine won’t be in your system. However, if you need your morning cup, it’s understandable. Preferably, avoid drinking coffee after noon.

Though insomnia may still persist, getting to bed without the aid of marijuana is a timely process. Your body needs to adjust to the changes being made. A few habits practiced over time will show significant difference. All it takes are some simple tricks. Avoid napping, don’t lounge in bed, eat at regular intervals and for the love of sleep, don’t watch the clock.

Take it slow and don’t stress it out. Everyone needs their sleep and not everyone need marijuana to get it. In learning how to quit weed, you’re going to have your struggle with sleep. Yet, I guarantee once your body is adjusted, you’ll find none of the problems that are experienced during withdrawal.

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