i have already posted this in journals and deleted it because i was pretty sure it was in the wrong place. if i thought i was running late before, i REALLY am now. anyway, here goes. i have heard about them, these dreams ppl have about cigarettes and smoking but never thought i would have one. after all, i am all emotionally well balanced. NO, i just don't dream all that much in truth and couldn't imagine me wasting perfectly good sleeping time dreaming about, of all things, a cigarette. WRONG, i should really just stop assuming things. in my dream i smoked about 10 horrible filthy nasty butts right out of my car ashtray. i can still feel the loss, humiliation and disappointment as i sucked nasty ashtray taste into my mouth and lungs. what in the world is happening to my subconscious?
really, really running late now and i will be working late again tonite but will try and do some reading here this evening, i will find the time!
free since 07/08/09
The smoking dream
Quoting from the beginning of Joels' post linked above:
"The smoking dreams are common if not universal among ex-smokers. It is especially common when a person is off a short time period, and if it occurs within days or weeks of a quit, it is likely to be extremely disturbing and very realistic. Realistic enough in fact that the ex-smoker will wake up smelling and tasting a cigarette, convinced that he or she has actually smoked. I have had numerous clients search the house for the butt, it was that realistic of a sensation. Let me explain first why the physical sensation is so pronounced. When first quitting, one of the early physical repairs that start up is cilia production. Cilia are tiny hair-like projections that line your trachea and bronchus, constantly sweeping particulate matter out of your lungs. When you smoked, you first slowed down, then paralyzed and would eventually destroy cilia. This is why smokers often have more colds and flues, they wipe out the first line of defense against the incoming microbes causing these illnesses.
When a person stops smoking, usually within 72 hours or so, cilia starts to regenerate. The ex-smoker may start cleaning out the lung in a matter of days. One of the early symptoms first encountered is coughing and spitting out, this is mucous and trapped matter that was never being cleaned out efficiently while smoking but now has an escape route and mechanism to start sweeping it. Ugly but good, you are starting to clean out a lot of garbage in your lung. Much of the garbage is tobacco tar--tobacco tars that have a very distinct taste and smell."
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