People who try quit smoking experience a slower sense of passing time, just when they wish it would go more quickly. This may be due to the effects of nicotine withdrawal on the brain. Researcher Laura Cousino Klein says, “The time perception impairment that we observed in the abstaining smokers may be part of the reason they also reported feeling more stressed and unable to focus or be attentive.”

Klein says, “These sort of feelings are over very quickly. Nicotine leaves the blood within 48 hours so it should get much easier after just two days.” So don’t give up?it’s worth it!

Slow time? It’s just one more thing that doctors don’t tell you.

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