Marijuana Withdrawal and Insomnia

When you've been addicted to pot for a long time, marijuana withdrawal can be one of the hardest things you'll ever go through in your life. There are many aspects of it, but in this article I would like to talk to you about how it will affect your sleep. Hopefully, I'll also be able to share with you some tips that will help you to get a good nights sleep in this tough time.

Expect Insomnia.

I am sure you know that when it comes to sleeping well, it's all in your head. What I am trying to say is that if you believe you will sleep well, you most likely will, but if you look at your new bed and think it's going to suck, then you're probably right as well. It's all about you and what you believe.

Many people go through a period of insomnia after quitting marijuana. This is normal. Do not stress out about it. It will only make the insomnia worse. The first few days are rough, but it quickly gets better and your sleeping patterns will return to normal over time. For now, you just have to be patient and simply get through this. Everyone is different. Have patience. If you get frustrated, be grateful of your progress so far.

Getting Back on Track

Don't force it. As simple as it sounds, if you can't sleep, don't sit in bed rolling from one side to the other. Instead, get up and walk around. Do something productive until you get tired.

Don't sleep during the day. If you follow the advice above and get busy doing something, and if it so happens that you don't get tired before the morning comes, do all you can to not sleep during the day. Just wait until the next evening and go to bed at your normal time. Being up for almost 24 hours straight gets almost anyone sleeping like a baby. I have gone about 36 hours before crashing.

Repeat the process. After you follow the first two points above you still can't sleep the following night, just get busy and avoid sleeping during the day again. It might be that you'll be sleeping every other night for some time, but that's ok. It's much better than sleeping during the day.

You Will Succeed

Sleep deprivation is very common during marijuana withdrawal. Don't be alarmed by it. Just use the simple tips above and hopefully you'll sleep like a baby soon.

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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Good knowledge. God Bless You


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Bredavies 6 years ago

Nice hub


dousk 6 years ago

or better still, go score some weed, get waisted, and then go to bed.


Tyler 6 years ago

I've wondered about this for awhile... since THC raises melatonin levels by nearly 40x (which helps explain why smoking puts one to sleep) would taking some melatonin supplements before bed during marijuana withdrawal help one fall asleep? Almost like nicorette gum and cigarettes, replace the weed with melatonin before bed, and as time progresses, take less and less melatonin until you can sleep on your own.


Dawson 6 years ago

Smoked weed for about 4 yrs. In the evenings only. I stopped about 10 days ago. What a horrible sleeping disaster. II fall asleep for 30 mins, wake up and stay awake for 3 or 4 hours. Also feel very jittery while trying to get to sleep mostly in my hands and feet. Very strange feeling. This whole experience had been terrible. Daytime is fine, except I'm tired. I'm plowing thru. How much longer of this. Stopped smoking before and only experienced this for 3 or 4 days. This is night number 10. Ahhhhh!!!!! Why is this happening for sooo long?


6 years ago

Hey Dawson Im going through the same crap i stopped smoking before about 6 years ago it took me atleast two weeks to get a decent nights rest. I recently stopped smoking about three weeks ago and my slip is very crappy, all i can say is that it will eventually get better it has too. you hang in there and think of the big picture your bettering yourself and the end justifies the mean. And don't chase sleep if your not tired don't lay down it will drive you nuts and one day it will all seem like a bad nightmare. Stay focused. and good luck


6 years ago

Sorry Dawson i meant my sleep not my slip see im lethargic


Billy 6 years ago

I don't like how articles always say "when you've been smoking weed a long time" or "long time users of Marijuana..." I smoked ONE, just one. It wasn't normal weed it was JWH-018, which is like 10x the strength of cannabis but I had ONE and it gave me withdrawals, tachycardia at first, then paranoia, then psychosis for a moment, and constant panic attacks/anxiety.. finally now I am just suffering from twitching muscles and insomnia. I've never done pot before in my life, this is not something that only long term users go through. I wish you all the best of luck in recovery!


Amanda  6 years ago

It may be helpful to differentiate between types of sleep difficulties in order to predict comorbid conditions like depression and increased anxiety from marijuana withdrawal or other factors. I smoked weed regularly for about 6 months. During the end of that period, I smoked very potent medical strains of marijuana, which no doubt made my withdrawal symptoms worse. Right now, I am about 3 weeks sober and have developed a pretty nasty bout of depression/insomnia (4 hours of sleep on average). My trouble is with initiating mostly, and I will have no problem staying asleep for a good 6-7 hours if I have the time to sleep in when not working. Problems with staying asleep are treated/considered different from this. For the most part, I've gotten over my appetite/irritability issues, but the sleeping problems persist. If I had known what I do now about marijuana withdrawal, I would definitely have curbed my use.


Marijuana Withdrawal Adviser 6 years ago

I hear from lots of people who experience many different symptoms as a result of quitting marijuana, there are numerous different symptoms that people experience but along with anxiety and depression, insomnia is the most common.


hobbz 6 years ago

Yesterday was a month of quitting. It has been a rollercoaster but my insomnia sucks donkey balls. I also cough up black tar every so often daily. My eyes are black around them due to lack of sleep I hope... Lol I'm exercising a lot and putting my body throguh hell yet I still sleep for 4 hours. I smoked about 7to 8 grams of reggie a day. So I feel I have a longer road ahead of me. I really need some hope and hear from someone who has actually recovered. All you read is my story over and over. I think we need someone to post the recovery sice we were there for each other at the time of need. Now we need assurance that the grass is greener in the other side. The weird dreams don't bother me just that I'm a busy person who needs to look presentable. So if anyone out there completed the withdrawls please let us know that we aren't going to be zombies for several more months lol. Hope to hear from someone as do others. :) have a great day!


Tom 5 years ago

it seems like all these post are written by the same person. then i realize that were all potheads going through same thing. day 5. its 3 in the morning and i'm wide awake. it seems like a common theme that insomnia is probably the shittiest thing to experience when trying to quit this wondful plant but what really sucks is to find out that the light at the end of the tunnel (sleep) is still a couple of weeks away... but everyone is different. however, i feel like this isn't going to get better anytime soon. goodluck everyone.


annon 5 years ago

can I ask what help a partner can give to their other half who is quitting after nearly 20 years of heavy use as when there are kids around paitance is the last you guys have when you are tired ...:-)


colie 5 years ago

yea annon sex him up nice and physical until he passes out from exhaustion.

day 2 of withdrawal from ~3 years of multiple sessions daily, but have taken many tbreaks inbetween constant use, longest was 2 weeks.

best advice i have to give is to exert yourself physically and mentally to become naturally drowsy. like the others say, don't keep rolling around in bed get up and do something


ally 5 years ago

well ive been smoking 5years on and off but more heavily this past year . i made a decision to turn my life around i was sick of being a monged out zombie all the time i relied on it a lot to get to sleep and to eat and ive quit but didn't even know u cud get widrawal syptoms from weed till i started feeling sick wen i smelt food cant eat anything ive sleept for bout 5 hours over the past 3 days i never knew it wud be like this !if i had of known this no way wud i put a spliff to my lips again !! ive found a meeting i can go to wid a 12 step programe and it really really helps and wen i cant sleep do meditation and go over my 12 steps makes me feel better and eases my cravings i strongly suggest the 12 step programe !!!! worth a try and if its not for u well its just not for u . GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!


shmirgel 5 years ago

so glad I have a chance to find stuff like this on internet! I consider myself as a periodical pot smoker, except.. the last smoking session lasted a bit longer. still not very long - about a month of high times, and I also always took a spliff before bedtime (now I'll know - stupid thing to do if you're not an everyday smoker) and now I CAN'T SLEEP :) The feeling sucks, especially when the morning comes (but it's still better than alcohol hangover!). I managed to get some sleep after meditating (very easy method - just lay on your back and try to relax your every part of body in a row, starting from face and finishing with toes. BUT very important - do it very SLOWLY and BREATHE deeply and slowly - remember to check your breathing now and then when doing this meditation). Good luck to all, I'll post something after recovery (if I'll remember and haven't already smoked my memory out, heh ;)


quitter 5 years ago

I'm trying to quit at the moment but having smoked along with tobacco almost daily, I feel like I have double the insomnia! The only things that make it easy to sleep are baths or spending 'special time' with with my girlfriend. Good luck people


Cai 5 years ago

Its good to know not alone. Been daily smoker forever. Ten days quit and no sleep. Im tired alright, tired as hell but cant sleep as mind never stops stressing. The anxiety is awful. So tired but cant sleep feel like heads gonna physically explode. I know it'll get better but hope its soon. Silver lining is I'm rapidly losing all the years of munchie induced flab at a rate if a pound a day. Plus seeing a whole lotta late niggt true movies! stick with it everyone.


Jazzy 5 years ago

Same situation here. 5 days - no sleep. Average maybe 2 hours a night. I was also curious about taking melatonin supplements to help me fall/stay asleep? Anyone know if it will actually work as a temporary aid to get at least one good nights sleep? Thanks and good luck.


Knockzy 5 years ago

It's been about a week since I quit my doobie smoking hobby of five years.

Just hitting the insomnia now and it's terrible! I guess this is the price for all the high times I've had. The hours used to go by so much faster with pot, now I get so restless... But there's no rest for the wicked apparently!

Are there any herbal supplements that can help curb these symptoms?

How do you guys handle the sleeplessness and extra hours?


T.Vstar 5 years ago

Hey, on day 5 myself, ended up missing work cuz I couldn't fall asleep until 2 hours before my alarm went off which caused me to sleep through it, so now quiting weed has caused more problems than smoking it LOL. But one insomnia tip that has worked for me is remember the last time you would have given anything for 5 more mins of sleep, remember how desperate and tired u felt, howw upset u were u had to wake up, howw badly u wanted to stay in bed, how comfortable you were, how if u would have blinked for too long u would have drifted off again. Just think of jow easy u could have fallen asleep and how desperate u were to stay in bed. Just focus on the anguish u felt and how being able to stay asleep would have made the rest of your life and most of all, remember how tired u were. Also a common OTC sleep aid which uses an antihistamine is also a deliriant, so take a couple of those and u can dream b4 u fall asleep lol.


YouTube: Abraham Hicks 5 years ago

Try acupuncture; there are points especially for insomnia. Also 5-htp (found at health food stores). It's an herb from the Griffonia plant that is in pill form and is the precursor to melatonin and seratonin. Perfect for those of us who have gotten hooked on THC. Sleep will arrive along with clean lungs. Good luck all! :)


YouTube: Abraham Hicks 5 years ago

Try acupuncture; there are points especially for insomnia. Also 5-htp (found at health food stores). It's an herb from the Griffonia plant that is in pill form and is the precursor to melatonin and seratonin. Perfect for those of us who have gotten hooked on THC. Sleep will arrive along with clean lungs. Good luck all! :)


young aspiring man 4 years ago

guys i have been freaking out. i have smoked pot continually for about a year. i have been super hungry but cant eat. super sleepy even as i type this but, like everyone has repeated, insomnias a bitch. im mad as hell and my girl is worried im dying, as was i for a short time. staying up all night and reading these posts relieved a lot of the built anxiety, but this is only day 2 no weed. i also love WoW (world of warcraft)so i plan on playing that if insomnia continues. i should warn her get ready. she hit her last bowl tonight. if pot is this bad imagine crack, heroine. ILL PASS.


MarkeFried 4 years ago

I smoked weed pretty consistently for over 10 years. This past year I toned it down a lot and instead of smoking huge joints and bowls all the time, I basically just took a couple of hits off a one-hitter 5-7 days a week which seemed like progress for me. I thought I was weaning myself. 17 days ago I stopped smoking compeltely. At first the sleep was just crappy but I could fall asleep. Around a week ago I started on this horrible cycle of not being able to sleep a wink one night to passing out from exhaustion the next night to right back to not being able to sleep at all. This is killing me emotionally and physically. I wish I knew when it would end. It feels like it never will. I love pot but it all seems like my habit was not worth it because stopping is a nightmare (or lack thereof).


john 4 years ago

I have been a heavy pot smoker for over forty years it almost destroyed my marrage couse I lied about it for a long time until finaly was able to face up to it. Now I can't sleep and have tried many sleep aids. I still smoked while taking the aids and for a while was getting some sleep always wound up going back to getting little sleep. My biggest problem was not being honest with my doctor about my addiction, only saying the current pills were not working. I have been my worst enenmy, now I hope it's not to late.


Brad 4 years ago

Good luck John. I too, have been a very heavy pot smoker for 16 years. I've made a firm attempt to quit smoking to better my physical and mental self but the insomnia, anxiety an restlessness sometimes seems overwhelming. For now, it's all will power an control of the mind. I'm tempted to take some sleep aids, but I think it may be better for my body to toughen it out naturally over the next couple weeks. It's going to be tough, but stick to it!


4 years ago

I have smoked on and off for about 6-7 years. Over the last 3 years I have quit multiple times for extended periods.

My primary withdrawal symptom has always been insomnia. I was always able to curb the anxiety and irritability by staying busy. And the insomnia pretty much subsided in a week.

In 09 I quit a few different times; the longest being 2 months or so. I quit again in August of 2010 and managed to stay completely sober for about 3 months and then smoked a handful of times until July 2011 (5 or so times - guilty conscience kept me going back to the daily routine). Gradually I have gotten back to my peak (3.5-7 grams a week; primarily from a gravity bong; primarily by myself). Now I am a week or so sober and the insomnia hasn't seemed to curtail. I am hoping it will be over soon. I have been taking benadryl, which hasn't done jack for helping sleep.

The best method that seems to work (for me, at least) is reading. The more complex, the better. I don't recommend a super suspenseful/easy book, like a Stephen King novel. It could actually keep you up for even longer. More complex books such as scholarly work, non fiction books that go into depth about difficult concepts, or old literature seem to drive the eyelids to flutter eventually. I wish good luck to everyone on their road to good sleep!


James 4 years ago

I have been a daily user for over 10 years. I have been off the buds for 4 days now, and I have been having terrible dreams in the few hours of sleep I have been able to manage. Is anyone else in the same boat, or is it all in my head?


The Old Man 4 years ago

Having the same problems James


Matt 4 years ago

I have had the worst week so far. I am in my senior year of classes at the college I attend. My first day back for the spring semester was exciting but I stressed myself out worrying about it. I ended up getting a headache by my third class on the first day of the semester. Later that night, I had a 102F fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, and intestinal distress. These symtoms have persisted for three days and I have missed classes because of whatever virus is in my intestines. I worry already that I won't graduate because of being behind the first week of classes but I believe the anxiety is from trying to quit using cannabis. I have been on the dean's list the last three semesters and that was while I was using cannabis everyday sometimes in a vaporizer, sometimes in a bowl. I decided to quit smoking/vaping cannabis the first day of the spring semester which also happened to be the day my symptoms appeared. I haven't been able to sleep well mainly due to my illness and possibly due to my abstaining from using. I hope to achieve a perfect GPA in one of these semester's following my commitment to stop using.


Matt 4 years ago

I smoked .01g to fall asleep this morning and it worked (fell asleep for 6 hours). I don't care about not quitting anymore because my girlfriend doesn't mind, my parents are ok with it, I enjoy using it, and I still achieve my goals regardless of the laziness one might associate with cannabis use. I am an enlightened and more calm person because of it. I started using when I was 18 because I had anxiety and alcohol made me piss my bed for some reason (alcohol is worse than cannabis). My friends that I socialize with are not typical potheads rather they are accomplished twenty year-olds with careers in construction, managerial positions at restaurants and they enjoy cannabis as well. Personally I believe the law's against cannabis are more dangerous than any side effects and any fear mongering concerning its use to me just sounds like prohibitionist propaganda. To all you who have used in the past for so long, good luck trying to quit, and consider why you want quit and what you really hope to accomplish after quitting. The cannabis plant has many beneficial uses however it is not benign. Socialize when you use and you will find enjoyment from it, not disapointment.


Pat 4 years ago

@Matt hey Matt is getting emphysema a good enough reason to stop or how about living your final years feeling like your drowning every breath you try to take. Here try this, breathe through a straw today for a minute. Make you think at all. You should smoke cigarettes too because it will expedite those great feelings. I have just been diagnosed at 52 years old after smoking for 38 years. Just something for you to think about.


Cecon 4 years ago

Day 38. Finally slept a full night.

What works..5htp,skullcap,passionflower, velarian root, melatonin one half to an hour today prior to trying to sleep. Not sooner. Use extended release to stay asleep. Exercise three or more hours then take bath. No tv two hours b4. I have a friend that shared this and he is fifty days and is now sleeping every night. Stay away from sleep aids and mix up the herbs to not get used to using one specific. Also inisotol and gabba combined have tranquillizing affects. Vit c b1-12 help and tyrosine. Check with your doctor on it bc herbs can be allergenic and gabba can cause anxiety in specific people. I've struggled for almost five straight weeks but am getting better. Oh btw - 20 year habit - medicinal grade ....everyday. remember the anxiety isn't all anxiety. Your body is getting more oxygen folks. Don't displace that rush to stress. It is hard to define so shut off the stress and go do something.


in the same boat 4 years ago

I am having similar problems as most of you. I told my girlfriend if she quit smoking ciggs I would quit weed. It's been a lot harder and stressful than I expected. I'm 35 and the last time I quit I was 22 for 8 months with no promblems. This time it's a little different. I'm three weeks in and the sleepless nights are worse than the first week. The dreams are vivid. I will never smoke everyday again. I may never smoke again but that's a stretch because I enjoy it and it wasn't a burden on my daily life. I quit for a good reason to help my girlfriend quit ciggs which I quit 5 years ago. I wish everyone the best and remember that it's ok and everyone has addictions in their life of some sort. Everything in moderation is my motto. Good luck.


LiamWhite 4 years ago

This is ridiculous, ive been smoking daily for 4 years and the days or weeks im dry i go through no withdrawals, except for a little less sleep but its nothing like anything on these comments, its more like instead of falling asleep at 12, its like 2 or 3 in the morning, regardless i feel perfectly fine when im sober, and the whole imsomnia is the reason i smoke weed, i was never able to sleep as a child and since ive smoked weed i sleep like a champ. Even now when i just stop one day due to no money, ill sleep better then i have 5 years ago


Andrew 4 years ago

Iv smoked it for 16 years i used to smoke a q to an half oz aday up to a month ago and I still can't sleep yet I get about two hours sleep a night im always rolling about. Iv even got up and to the dog awalk to c if that would help me sleep but it doesn't. I'm always sweating as well only when In trying to sleep can someone help me to try and get some sleep iv tryed everything but still can't sleep.


cliffy88 4 years ago

the sweating is anxiety caused by you being fearful of not sleeping - I been dere! Insomnia feeds on itself It's a big circle that's perpetuated by you fighting it. I know its hard but you've got to try and accept where you are with the sleeping - I was so fcuked up with my insomnia it literally was ruining my life and everything I'd ever worked for - and it makes you so emotional. Until I got some proffessional advice - not pills!- to accept and try and become an observer - when I did this I even found some aspects of my behaviour comical.....when you realise insomonia will do lots of bad things to you it actually doesn't kill you. Once I'd learned to live with it guess what!!!!! I started sleeping. Admittedly I've always had a puff before bedtime beore and after I suffered the sleeplessness. Really hope this helps becuase until you get to accepting how things are now no amount of pills are gonna help. Love & Peace.


Dancer 4 years ago

Not sleeping is a pain in the arse, but its all about mental strength (which is difficult after long periods of rough sleep). The more you can't sleep, the stronger you have to be... focus more on your daily tasks: power through fatigue with extra bursts of work. Be creative: write a few posts, for example, on how you are beating the withdrawal symptoms. One of the things that differentiates humans from animals is out ability to rationalize and overcome problems, so start doing it!


james 4 years ago

10 days sober after smoking for 17 years daily. Insomnia is my only problem now. Melatonin helps get me to sleep for a couple hours but that's about it. I do seem to be getting a bit more sleep every night although it's still tough. If you can't get back to sleep within a half hour get up and do something to get tired again. If you lay there the anxiety of not being able to sleep makes it worse. Sleepytime tea also seems to help. Try not to focus on it and it will get better. Your body needs time to regain chemical balance. Good luck to all of us who have decided to make a change for a better life.


Mario 4 years ago

Well, here I am quitting again since I'm unemployed and want to be on the safe side if the job i want has a drug test.

Insomnia is my biggest issue. Heck, I laid in bed for around 6 hours last night b4 i fell asleep. But once I do, I can sleep fine.

I went through the same thing around 5 years ago when I quit the last time I was unemployed.

Hang in there people, it does get better. Funny thing is, the job I got after the last time I quit (for a good 6 months) didn't require a drug test.

The lack of appetite is actually not a bad thing for me. I've already lost a couple of pounds from quitting over the past couple of days.

I found exercise helped the last time I quit. I'll probably start up another exercise routine to help with my current insomnia.

And yes, once I do get another job, I'll be back on the MJ wagon, lol.

Best advice I can give is:

1)exercise

2)avoid caffeine at night

3)stay away from bright screens, like monitors and laptops, for a few hours b4 attempting to sleep.

Best of luck to all. Insomnia is nothing compared to the withdrawal of most other illicit drugs.

Cheers !


QZ 4 years ago

I smoked for 2 years and quit for half a year and then started again recently for a couple of months. Every time, I would suffer severe insomnia. I also experienced with JWH-018 and have suffered even worse insomnia with just a few weeks of use. But every time the withdrawal symptoms kick in and I find myself unable to go to sleep, I go see my acupuncturist the next day and she is able to magically return my sleep schedule to me.

I know its a little bit of a stretch for some people to try it, but for all the people that seem to have developed the withdrawal symptoms into a chronic condition, it might be more than worth it to try. Trust me, I know what it feels like when you are not high anymore, tired as balls, and would give anything just to fall asleep but cannot without smoking :/, I hope this helps, best wishes to all fellow Mary Jane enthusiasts and hope you can catch some nice shut eye soon!!


Elbe 4 years ago

I found this post because I thought that my withdrawal problems were just mine and it didn't happen to anyone else. What an eye opener. I have smoked daily for most of my adult life . Roughly 50 years minus 4 in my thirty's when I needed to keep a really great job. I've just finally talked myself into changing my life. Always having reasons for not traveling , staying with family and never being sober when being intimate with my wife. I really didn't want to finally die with out being sober again. Well its been 7 weeks and I feel like crap. Over anxious, panics, pissed of at everyone including myself. Can't see out the windshield for all the spit. People if you smoke ,when you decide to quit its going to hurt. I don't have regrets about my past life style ,but look forward to a new beginning. I even keep weed in the house so I won't panic. Haven't looked at it more than once. Sex sucks cause I am doubting myself, fortunately I have a wonderful wife who is supportive and doesn't take my crap personally. Watch out! You will strike out at the ones you love because you hurt. Some of that shit you can't take back . Look people I am going to beat this and I hope any one reading this will understand were I am coming from. Do yourself a favor and quit using as soon as you can. There is a lot better life out there than you think at least that's what I believe. I can only hope that I get through this without hurting to many people. The posts I have read already lets me know that I am not the only one. Thank you


Boosta 4 years ago

I just wanted to say to everyone here - PLEASE think logically. People who have been pot smokers and stopped and are NOT experiencing insomnia are extremely unlikely to use Google to stumble upon this forum. That being said, the only people who are on this website are the sufferers (such as myself) that are worried and having trouble. Like one of the first posts I read says "if you believe you can sleep, you will sleep.

Reading all of these posts may be very discouraging to someone who will in turn go to bed with a hopeless attitude. Don't be discouraged, try to meditate, stay optimistic, and most important of all, my friends...sweet dreams.


Mb 4 years ago

I have not been smoking for very long nor very much however in 2-3 months of using maybe half a g a day I have become somewhat addicted where only yesterday of not smoking I felt scared, irritable, anxious and shivering. At the moment it is 4:31 am and have gotten only about 4 hours of sleep.

I think the cause of insomnia was because of creating a dependence in cannabis to fall asleep, just the feeling of being high (i would mostly smoke/vape at 6-7pm).

Starting to feel a little sleepy, I hope I can sleep .. My legs feel so restless though :(

Good luck everyone, I think the best way is to taper off bit by bit, especially if you have been smoking a couple g's a day.

Oh and I will still smoke weed hell I grow it just this time i will not fall down this hole again (smoke max once a week)

Mb


northstate 4 years ago

Quit recently so I could get a new job. Got the job, I start in 2 weeks. Apparently theres no drug test but I'm not chancing it. Once I get into the job and confirm theres no test, I'm going to start again. Weed never affected my daily routine just made my evenings more fun.


brent 4 years ago

ugh 10 days in and i have not slept any more than 6 hrs in the past 4 days. Been smoking daily for 12 years. I don't know why i stopped this is horrible. I have not noticed anything different by not smoking apart from the lack of sleep. I only smoked after a hard days work to relax. Now i just tired and doing 1/2 the amount of work.


me 4 years ago

7 months in and the longest i have slept is 4 hours, ruined my life smoking, lost the one i loved my friends and has left me a mess...


Mario 4 years ago

Just as an update to my previous post, my insomnia went away after 3 weeks. If you have insomnia for more than a month, it's probably an issue you would have normally had without the weed, IMO. I smoked pretty much every day for around 20 years. Usually in the evenings after work since my job wasn't conducive with being high.

Best of luck to all.


Sonnie 4 years ago

I've been a pot smoker for about 2 years now on and off. but recently i been smoking for probably 2 months straight. I just recently quit maybe a week ago and started my withdrawls 3 days ago. I been freaking out, feels like i ain't there in person, headaches, stomach pain, feel tired all the time and had one bad dream so far nd hungry most of the time. I just want this to go away i hate it and its scaring me at times. Any one have any advice out there for me? if so i would really appreciate it. Thank You (:


elbe 4 years ago

As you can see from the earlier posts everyone is having a hard time. Some more than others. Just keep looking toward the future. A future free of smoking weed. You will be more energized is just a short time. I know your brain feels like it wants to come out your eyes. Two Tylenols works for a while. Its been three months for me and thing are looking better. I haven't slipped once and hope I can stay that route. Still having ploblems with desire but my chemstry is still adapting.Keep up the good work. I know it sucks but its not as bad as stopping smoking cigarettes. Took me 18 months to realize I was finally through with them. Good luck!!!


Jerry 4 years ago

Im right there with everyone in regards to the insomnia...my 2 cents...L-tryptophan...natural..in turkey meat...available in pill form. Works great to bridge the gap and non-habit forming. Also, if thats not working well enough..advocare herbal cleanse..sorry not product plug at all honestly, i think its just the herbal cleanse tablets that are a part of it, which you take at night and will definitely make you sleepy, i know they have to have some niacin in them, but not sure what else.


Andrew 4 years ago

quite happy i see this! thought i was the only one... just quit a 15 year heavy smoking habbit 5 days ago and my anxiety,insomnia,headaches and bad stomach etc are driving me nuts! im getting around 2hrs sleep a night with the crazyest dreams ever! dosent even feel like im 100% asleep either..good job ive been signed off for a few weeks,as im a delivery driver and i would not be safe on the roads! i can relate sooooo much to what you people are saying..


Ex-Waceded 4 years ago

I've smoked pretty much daily for the last 17 years (I'm now 34, so you do the math ;) Been meaning to quit for a while, but always deluded myself that it's not really an issue so just kept on toking...

My wife has reached a point where I think if I don't quit for good, there will be real trouble in our marriage.

I'm only 3 days into it and already finding the screwed up sleep the biggest hassle; falling asleep OK but having disturbing dreams and waking after 2-4 hours. Gave up getting agitated and jumped on the Internet to find this article. Definitely encouraging and some good tips in the comments, so I have some things to try over the next days / weeks / months (God, I hope it doesn't take that long!).

Another observation I'd like to share is that pot smokers are very very good at rationalizing their addiction (believe me I know, I'm one of the worst offenders). I've had discussions with stoner mates who are always very quick to defend pot, deny any negative side effects, and sometimes get aggressively defensive of their habit and/or the plant itself. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a prohibitionist and many years ago I actively campaigned for law reform. I believe in freedom of choice and education rather than locking people up for growing / smoking a plant.

Gee, this post is feeling more and more like a rant with each sentence!! Not intentional, but now that I've started it's all pouring out of my sleep deprived brain!!

I'll finish on this note... I think weed has retarded my emotional development in some way... Perhaps it makes one more "childish" in a sense. I really have to bite my tongue during this difficult time as I'm inclined to fly off the handle a bit too quickly, and the one I love most deserves more from her husband.

Peace out, and good luck to you all!


Sorcha 4 years ago

I am on day 50 the sleeping WILL get better, although I do have a lot of enrgy and am very slightly hyepractive now.

I messed up big time last weekend and bought 2g it sent me into total paranoid!! So what did I do I tried it again 3 more times (at night) only to find I don't really like the way it makes me feel, I am just addicted to it and its easier to get to sleep.

The weed is now finished and no way am I borrowing money etc to buy more, I also have a birthday this week so have much more important things to spend my money on, thankfully.

I need to keep away from those on it I think. Now I wonder if my sleepng will be be back to day one yikes!!


stressed 4 years ago

ok i guess i am very late on this posting but for those who are still reading it here goes. my brother has been smoking for a very long time he is now 28 and acts like hes 40. constantly he would come to me and ask to borrow money to get more. on pay day he would pay me then the next day complain he had no money and right back to borrowing. ten years ago his girlfriend left him so he decided to quit because he loved her and missed her badly he slept on my couch and boy was he hard to deal with constintly screaming about things that didn't happen our things that had nothing to do with him. he would cry at night because he couldn't fall asleep but felt insanely tired. his emotions were a rollor coaster and he would verbaly hurt anyone who came near him. when he wasn't cussing he was in the bathroom he felt very nasaus most of the time. after a couple of day his sick feeling went away but he still had trouble eating because he claimed he couldn't taste anything. after about 8 days thing improved greatly he was going for walks talking normal sticking to one subject instead of rambling on he even was eating three times a day (not full meals more like 3 snacks a day but for me it was a big improvement) to sleep believe it or not i had bought baby night time bubble bath lol i know it sound funny but at this point he was willing to try anything. 2 candles and the buble bath and he was up to 5 hours a sleep a night compared to the one and a half to two hours of sleep he was getting every other day. any way after 3 months or so he was finally back on track and doing very well for himself his ex girlfriend started to come around again and he was very happy. well he had a birthday party and (ironically the person who started this) his girlfriend talked him into smoking with her for old times sake. he picked it back up and they moved in together had a beautifull baby boy and life was good. till he started becoming depressed and smoked more and more to get rid of the feeling the girlfriend quit told him he had to quick but once again it was to much and she left took the baby and moved to other side of the country. so now my brother lives with me i try constantly to convince him to quit but he feels he has no reason to. i hate seeing him like this please help me.. how do i convince him that is best for him to kick the habit. sorry it was so long


thatmonsterinside.com 4 years ago

I have been smoking a lot of pot every day for 42 years.

I finally quit cold turkey .The insomina is almost unbearable . I sleep with sleep aids, melatonin, and Ambien .Still my sleep sucks. Its almost a month now

but am determined to get thru it. My body at some point

will get back the chemical balanace .I am going to try accupunture . I have had a hundred addictions and this is the last to quit. Finally I am free , clean and sober

and I like it. That monster inside that led me around on a leash for the past 45 years is now my slave and I am the master. It is now working for me . When I quit smoking weed that same day naturally quit biting my nails,something I have been at odds with my whole life .

This tells me that weed although many say is harmless

is not. Day by day,hour by hour ,minute by minute stay quit, be quit and live quit .Good luck everyone.


Sososleepy 4 years ago

Its day 5 for me. I smoked for 20 years just about everyday. This insomnia sucks. I fall asleep but if anything wakes me up thats it I'm wide awake


findinnerpeace 4 years ago

I want to encourage everyone to take control of your life and kick the addiction.

I also want to say that it shows incredible distaste for someone to post on a forum like this any comments that put doubt in the minds of those suffering from withdrawal. You're here because you're trying to quit. Keep going. Among people I know, the insomnia can last six months, but then it's gone for good. It's worth it to regain control of your life.


MadeMenL7 4 years ago

I have quit smoking over 4 months ago,also last year i quit for almost 3 months but went back to it.This time the insomnia is much more horrible,I wake up and can barely get back to sleep every night still.I decided this time to give it up for good but i don't know how much longer i can take not sleeping.Some days are so dreafdful to get through because of feeling tired and sluggish and can barely think straight.I hear its my brain trying to reconnect and fix itself after 15 years of everyday smoking.So ill just keep fighting and praying.Goodluck to all most of you wont feel what im feeling this long so don't pannic.Good luck love and peace!


Jay 4 years ago

I have just turned 21 3 weeks ago, I quit on my 21st birthday to try and sort my life out, I used to be popular at school, have a large amount of friends, was out socialising 24/7, I started smoking it when I was 12 years old, I look at my little brother who is soon turning 12 and think to myself how the hell was I doing this stuff at his age, It digusts me, When I turned 17/18 shit hit the fan, The paranoia, anxiety, rock bottom self asteem, lazyness etc etc. I got to the point where I couldn't leave my house, I was literally turning into a freak.

back to the subject of sleep deprivation, the first two weeks sleeping was actually ok for me but now as I enter week 3 its getting extremely tough. Ive had about 5 and a half hours in the last 4 days and its killing me, I think the only good thing about this is I don't even have the urge to smoke any even though its so easily available to me. Its currently midnight and I'm not feeling very tired but I am hoping that I can get a semi decent sleep even though its very unlikely. Ive read a lot of stories and it seems to vary from person to person. Some people experience Insomnia straight after quitting some people it hits them a few weeks later, I think its down to how long and how much you have smoked meaning how much you depend on it.

I really hope anyone who is trying to quit just hangs in and understands its for the best, this is probably my 9th or 10th attempt to quit weed but this time I know for an absolute fact its the last time which I have never felt before.

Good luck to you all, this will be so worthit in the long run.


Stealth69 4 years ago

Day 9, no weed. Long., long time weed-head. Real bad insomnia. It seems every other night, no sleep - at all. If I take 1/2 ambian I'm OK. No ambian, no sleep. I quit once before and eventually was able to get quasi good nights sleep but it took about one month. Unfortunately I relapsed and smoked for three months and now have to kick it again.


Matt G 3 years ago

A little disappointing that the organization who wrote the article implies that it is a persons attitude towards sleeping that is likely the problem, or that it is also likely that things will be fine in a few days. As for the attitude I doubt there is science to back up such a claim and in terms of a coaching technique it can clearly cut both ways. Yes a positive attitude can be a good thing, but if that fails then the person is left feeling that it is their fault for not sleeping. Anyone that spends much time reading the anecdotal stories of pot withdraw will see that most people wait at least months to get back to normal. I am a month out and it is bad as it was at the beginning if not worse. A few good hours at first and the rest of the night waking up on and off.with vivid and often relentlessly ongoing dreams Sorry to be critical of an organization that surely has good intentions, but some of us need to be prepared for what we are getting into . For me the fact that I m struggling only intensifies my desire to continue staying away from smoking the stuff


corey 3 years ago

well here i am on day 4 of coming off a ten year smoking binge smoked highgrade purple kush every morning day and night its hard i cudent sleep one bit for the first few days but now im on track i do not plan to smoke again the withdrawls are terrible and its hard to get your mind off the idea of smoking but i have way more energy and a sense of humour since i don't smoke so i will continue like this


God 3 years ago

Cannabis is an amazing plant. That's why I put it on Earth. You don't always have to smoke it. Someday you humans will discover that it cures cancer. I can't imagine why anyone would want to quit. But if you must, these tips should help you.

Be patient. Contrary to popular belief, cannabis withdrawl is real and it's entirely psychological. Remember that there was a time when you didn't feel a need to use it, and you were just fine! Try to remember that time...

Eat healthy nutritious food daily. If possible, try to get into the habit of doing this BEFORE you quit using. Your body and mind will need all the nutrients they can get to make withdrawl more bareable. If you're experiencing sudden loss of appetite, it's probably because your cannabis dependency was accompanied by junk food dependency. So your body will be detoxing more than just THC and this will mess with your appetite. Try to avoid alcohol if possible during this period.

Exercise! A nice jog through the forest is great for anxiety attacks. Lifting is a good way to release some of that energy that you feel coming back to you all of the sudden.

Meditation is a good way to calm the mind and soul. If possible, do this somewhere away from the city.

Avoid 12 step treatment programs. You're stronger than that. Besides, they're expensive and cliché. If you're serious about changing your lifestyle, then you probably don't want to be in a program where you're surrounded by other addicts. This might help you feel less alone, but let's face it, 12 step is a business, and if people were sober, they'd have no business.

Good luck! If you really want to be free, you're on the right track. All the tools you need to quit are within you. Don't be a customer.


luke 3 years ago

Yo. Im up for about 30 hours now. I've been smoking for last 15 years non stop and last year only Honey Oil daily couple times of day. Im out of resources to support this scheme anymore. Im terrified of how long it can keep me out of sleep. . So far i found internet helps to take your thoughts away - reading or watching vids. If it'll be like this i will watch all NatGeo programs :) hope everybody will get better!


gr88 3 years ago

Well hello to everyone here and I m happy that I can find that Im not alone in this....I stop smoking pot one month ago (after 10 years of heavy smoking) Im 31 now.....So the symptoms that I have are very bad...I don t sleep during night ,I stay up for 2 days in the row and when I sleep i sleep 2 hours, my body is having twitches which are crazy...the moment Im trying to fall a sleep my body or my leg or my hands jump like crazy and it wake me up...and it goes in the circle for nights now.....does anyone know when this will stop...it drive me crazy...I work out everyday in order to get tired but every time I close my eyes the twitch happen....Also I would like to add and that small sleep time that I manage.... the dreams are incredible vivid and usually night mare which force me to wake up and when I wake up I don t know what is real or not.....I have to admit that I was always laugh on this kind of comments and articles.....but now the things that Im going trough ...it is no longer funny....I was never user or hard drugs, i don t drink alchol, i don t smoke cigarettes, Im in the sport since teenage days....and why I m feeling this kind of effects..? Does anybody have this body twitch before sleep ? Actually all this I can sustain but body uncontrolled movement I can not.....Also is it Valerian root good for chilling?


Michael 3 years ago

Gave up 23 Days ago and havge been getting 3-4 hours a night... last night I woke up every 15 minutes it was awful.

I'm failing to see the benefits of this and am seriosuly tempted just to get an ounce, I used have fantastically deep and restful sleep before, now I am like a zombie.


applezebra 2 years ago

Stopped smoking medical grade marijuana 70 days ago. I have been experiencing every symptom imaginable, at varying degrees, but it HAS been improving! Here is kind of a journal.

The first 13 days were no problem. I did not have any noticeable symptoms. Day 14 is when everything started. I woke up in the middle of the night with a "rushing" feeling in my brain. I had been in the middle of an intense dream (I never dreamed for the 5 years I smoked pot, and now I have crazy dreams the entire time I sleep, every time). The "rushing" feeling turned into major anxiety, panic, inability to eat, chills followed by feeling hot, profuse sweating (especially at night), that lasted for about 6 days. During that time I just wanted to stay in my bed. The first three days I could not even go to work. I thought I had lost my mind. Day 5 I took .125mg xanax just to make it to work for a couple hours. I believe there was one night, maybe on the same day, when I took the same dosage before bed. It did provide relief. When it started to clear on Day 6, I felt like maybe I had made it through the withdrawal. Not so...

On Day 47 I once again began experiencing the onset of the anxiety and panic. Other symptoms are gone. We had friends coming over for a BBQ so I started drinking heavily that day. It did mask the anxiety somewhat that day, but the hangover and resulting anxiety was not worth it. This episode was 5 straight days of anxious feeling, two of those days not being able to go to work, followed by about 6 days where it was manageable, and I was able to function somewhat while still feeling reduced anxiety. During this time, on Day 52, I had about two hours where I felt better than I ever have in my entire life. It was like the veil had been lifted for a brief time and I could see the sheer joy that life was. This feeling keeps me going when I get down. I want to get back to it again.

This episode was followed by a time of generally feeling okay (better than before, but still not very good). There were times during the days when the anxiety would come, but never as strong, and it would eventually go away the same day. It seemed to come around 10am and leave around 7pm. Sleep was still fairly difficult and I spent a lot of middle-of-the-nights on the couch reading other's experiences with this. My OTC allergy medicine, which contains diphenhydramine, helped during this. 25mg would help me sleep. I took it as infrequently as possible, and never more than 25mg, but was taking it on average every other night.

Day 68 and 69 each had moments of anxiety, and for the first time I am experiencing bad headaches in the back of my head. The anxiety is more like a fogginess than true anxiety. I can deal with it though it is not in any way pleasant.

Today is Day 70 and as I do every morning, I hope for a good day. The good days have become more and more, and the bad days have become less bad than they were. When looking back and reflecting, I see definite improvements. I will keep posting as I go through this if anybody is interested.


myname 2 years ago

I quit 14 years ago. I might start again when I retire, but feeling the will to live and thrive and go out and work, disappears quickly with any bite of cake. I had some trouble sleeping but feeling this way is much better. Let me warn you though, I and a few peeps I know suffer from daily unhappiness which only weed can fix.

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