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Vaping And Sleep: Should You Vape At Night?

Published 3 January 2021, Updated 10 April 2024

Vaping And Sleep: Should You Vape At Night?

In this guide, we’ll explore the connection between vaping and sleep, and we’ll also provide some tips on striking the right balance between the two.

Can Nicotine-Based Vapes Keep You Awake?

Many users switch from traditional cigarettes to vape devices that use nicotine-based e-liquids. It’s much easier to stop smoking cigarettes if you can get nicotine from a different and less harmful source source, such as vaping, but you are still absorbing nicotine. As such, we the real question is not about whether vaping keeps you awake, rather, it's whether nicotine (in any format) will affect your sleep routine.

Is there a Scientific Link Between Nicotine Usage and Insomnia?

Nicotine is a powerful stimulant - similar in that respect to coffee. As such, the more nicotine your body absorbs the more likely that you may find it hard to fall asleep and stay there - regardless of the nicotine delivery method. Like coffee or tea, because nicotine is a stimulant, it raises blood pressure, elevates heart rate, and makes users feel more awake and alert. If you’re having trouble falling and remaining asleep, it may be because your body is feeling a burst of energy from the nicotine you’ve taken in.

Does Regular Vaping Increase the Likelihood of Snoring?

As there have not been studies to evidence whether vaping increases the likelihood of snoring, it is a difficult question to answer. One thing we do know is that smoking causes restrictions in breathing and can cause shortness of breath. As such, whilst there is currently no definitive answer as to whether vaping can increase the likelihood of snoring, one thing is for sure: vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. 

If you are a smoker and experience snoring, it would certainly be worth switching to vaping, which is a less harmful alternative and will help heal the harm done by smoking cigarettes. This may assist you in reducing snoring.  

Tips for Better Sleep Quality

Just as drinking caffeinated beverages is not recommended before sleep, switching to a low or no-nicotine e-juice before bed will give the body a chance to relax and recover from any stimulating effects. Here are a few more tips for better quality sleep.

Limit Screen Time

It’s a common tip, but it bears repeating: It’s best to reduce screen time right before bed. We’re often told this for a good reason: laptops, tablets, phones, and other mobile devices trick the brain into believing that it’s time to get up and about rather than wind down and get ready for a good night’s sleep.

Don’t Get Dehydrated

It is important to stay hydrated by drinking water frequently throughout the day. Some users find relief by using a humidifier at night; they help moisten the air.

Develop Better Sleep Habits

Solid sleep hygiene is great for everyone, but those who vape should pay special attention to their sleep habits. Setting a bedtime routine is helpful, as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day gets the body onto a regular schedule. Even if you are experiencing the stimulant effects of nicotine-based e-liquids, creating a nighttime plan will eventually help your internal clock run on time.

Cut Back on Caffeine and Alcohol Before Bedtime

This one also goes without saying, but you’ll sleep better if you cut back on alcoholic and caffeinated beverages before turning in for the night. Caffeine and alcohol, like nicotine, are stimulants, which make it much harder to relax into a peaceful, deep sleep.

Closing Thoughts

Along with switching to nicotine-free e-liquids a few hours before bed, turning off gadgets, hydrating well, keeping your room dark, and sticking to a bedtime routine will help regulate your body and keep it in balance.

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