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iVillage.com: Beauty Sleep: 17 Bedtime Tips

Nix Nicotine

It’s always easy to spot the smoker. Anyone who’s been smoking long enough has those telling vertical lines above the lips from years of puckering around cigarettes. Smokers are also cheating their bodies of beauty rest, since smoking cigarettes and sleep don’t mix. Nicotine arouses the central nervous system, making it harder to fall asleep -- and stay asleep, explains Dr. Drerup. And recent research found that cigarette smokers were four times as likely as nonsmokers to report feeling unrested after a night’s sleep. In addition, smokers spend less time in deep sleep and more time in light sleep than nonsmokers do. For heavy smokers, it’s even more of a problem. They may have middle-of-the-night awakenings caused by nicotine withdrawal.

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