Welcome to the bestest place to get support if you want to quit smoking (sorry, I am biased but I have such great reason to be lol) I am also on the patch. Have been for hmmmm, let's see ... I check my smoke date calculator lol ...8 days and 18 hours
and I have never felt better in my life!!! I had gotten to the point where my coughing got so bad that I woke up one morning and couldn't breath at all. I almost died alone in my apt. That was it for me. It actually took that for me to even think about a quit. Prior to that I would wake up hacking and have to rush to get 3 different puffers into me BEFORE I could go out and have a cigarette! Is that insane or what!! It never gets better, it will only get worse the more we continue to smoke.
Anyhow, I did see you questions posted re: The patch and I will answer as to what has been my experience has been ...
1. What was your quit method of choice, if any?
2. Did anyone also find it hard to sleep with the patch?
3. How many times did you try and quit before you succeeded? I hear many people say they tried many times before it took hold.
- My quit method of choice has been the patch. I bought the Mist Spray in my last attempt to quit (Feb 1st) and I lasted barely 3 days. It wasn't enough for me. The patch, for me takes away the nicotine addiction so I can focus on my other main addiction ... The habit aspect, which is very difficult to break. So far it has worked wonders for me in this attempt to quit.
- Sleeping and the patch; Yes, I did have a difficult time for the first 2 days. Very bad dreams/nightmares. They have since subsided and I am sleeping better. My quit counsellor did say if I wanted to take them off at night I could. However, for me, waking up in the morning which is my worse time to be triggered, WITHOUT A PATCH, was too big of a risk for me to take. Now that is just me. You would have to decide this for yourself.
- This particular time I tried once before and like I said only lasted barely 3 days. I was so disappointed in myself. Straight after that I set another quit date for that night but never stuck to it. Really didn't want to quit at that point. I waited until the next month and really got to work on setting myself and my supports up. I was weaned down to 10 cig a day and smoked all through Feb. My quit date was March 1st. It has been since then I have not smoked, by the grace of God. One day at a time (ODAAT) and NOPE (Not One Puff Ever). You may see these a fair bit around the forums ;)
So glad you found this site. atp, efreeman, brieffree, etc. They have helped me soooo much. And the quit coaches as well, they are awesome! They all help so much and give you honest advice and suggestions. They basically share there own story and that is what has helped me immensely. Hope to see around. KEEP COMING BACK! We all need each other <3