Does vaping make you tired?
Some new vapers and even those vaping for longer remark that they feel tired or have sleepless nights. Is this because of vaping? Not entirely. Here we take a look at what might be causing you to feel tired when vaping.
Vaping is a great way to get off tobacco cigarettes. According to health specialists, vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes due to the removal of all the chemicals found in cigarettes.
Related: How to quite smoking with vaping
However, there is still nicotine. Nicotine itself is not that harmful if taken in moderation and does not cause any of the nasty health issues associated with smoking, but nicotine intake does need monitoring.
Can vaping nicotine cause fatigue?
Nicotine has much the same effect and attributes as caffeine. It increases heart rate and stimulates the mind, which of course can affect sleeping patterns. If you are vaping with nicotine it is important to make sure you are using the right level of nicotine for you. If you vape a higher level of nicotine than you should, you can have some unwanted side effects. The major ones being sleeplessness, restlessness, headaches and sometimes nausea. This will cause tiredness as you will be losing sleep.
Additionally, studies have found that nicotine can actually reduce the body’s ability to sleep deeply. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep can be suppressed by too much nicotine in the system. If you are new to vaping with nicotine or if you are experiencing such problems it is a good idea to vape less in the evenings and before you go to bed.
Nicotine can have an unexpected effect on some people. Much like consuming too much caffeine, the initial spurt of stimulation and mental alertness can actually cause you to ‘crash’ and feel tired as it wears off.
If you’re feeling any of these things, the best thing to do is to talk to us and we can help you to get the right dosage of nicotine for your vape. Once the level is right, you should reduce any sleep problems and not feel tired during the day.
Does vaping affect energy levels?
Vaping without nicotine is unlikely to affect energy levels. However, if you are using nicotine in your vape you can expect minor changes. As mentioned above, nicotine is a mental stimulant and can also encourage the body to produce adrenaline. The ‘headrush’ from smoking or vaping is due to the nicotine.
Some new vapers may experience slight drowsiness when starting to vape due to taking deep draws and holding in too long. This may prevent the body from getting the oxygen it usually requires and is used to and make you feel a little sleepy at first when vaping. Once you have got more experience with safe vaping and have also got the right device for you, these feelings should subside.
Does vaping make you sleep more?
If you are vaping with nicotine, and get your nicotine intake wrong, you may experience undesirable sleep problems. However, if you are vaping without nicotine or with a lower dosage of nicotine, these issues are rare and you should have a normal sleeping pattern. You won’t be sleeping more than you would normally.
What should I do to stop feeling tired after vaping?
If you feel tired after vaping you should stop vaping for a while. It could be that you have had too much nicotine and are experiencing a ‘crash’. Talk with a vape-specialist and explain how you feel when you vape and they will be able to advise you on your nicotine level.
If you are having sleep problems or are feeling tired from vaping it is likely to be due to the nicotine level that you are using. Try reducing your nicotine level and/or reduce vaping in the evening. Some vapers use e-liquids without nicotine in the evening to keep sleep problems at bay.
Author: Tim Hutchinson