Work stress ‘leading to sleepless nights and poor smoking habits’

A third of smokers smoke more after stressful days   Stress at work is leading to sleepless nights and poor drinking and smoking habits among UK employees, research shows. The survey found 51% of employees lose sleep worrying about their job or work-related concerns, while 11% go to work feeling tired every day.   Two-fifths (41%) said they sometimes stay up late or get up early to check emails, with men (46%) more likely to do so than women (36%). The survey of 1,000 employees also found that 27% of those who smoke do so more at work than they do at home and 34% smoke more after a busy or stressful day at work.   Almost a third (29%) of employees do not think smoking impacts the likelihood of getting cancer. The research suggests employer attitudes are failing to encourage positive health and exercise habits.   Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, read the full article here.   Many people who quit smoking are surprised by how good they feel!   Many smokers want to quit but aren’t sure about the best way to go about it. There’s lots of free support on offer and by using the support that’s right for you, you’ll be boosting your chance of quitting.   Smoking support through your GP Many people don’t realise that their GP can help them quit smoking. But your doctor can do a lot, such as enrolling you in a ‘stop smoking’ clinic and prescribing nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gum, or stop smoking medication such as Champix.   Support from the NHS Stop Smoking Helpline They provide excellent information and advice on the best way to quit. By discussing all the options available face-to-face you can be sure you’re giving yourself an improved chance of succeeding. So arrange to see your healthcare professional or local NHS Stop Smoking Service. It could set the wheels in motion for quitting smoking.   What you may want to consider:
  • What are all of the treatments/options available to me?
  • What withdrawal symptoms may I experience?
  • What should I do if I slip up and have a cigarette?
  Remind yourself of all the gains you make after stopping smoking:
  • After 2 days, nicotine is totally eliminated from the body. Your senses of taste and smell improve.
  • After 3 days, your breathing becomes easier as the airways begin to relax.
  • After 2 – 4 weeks, your circulation improves and you can walk and run more easily
  • After 3 – 9 months, your lung function improves by up to 10 %, thereby reducing coughs and breathing problems
  • After 1 – 3 years, your risk of having a heart attack is halved

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