Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
Quitting smoking can be associated with a lot of withdrawal symptoms
and sleep disturbance is one of the common symptoms. It is likely to be due to the increased anxiety due to nicotine withdrawal
. It is also common to have gastris problems like stomach ulcers due to smoking.
Since, you say that your husband is sleep deprived and that this may potentially put him at risk during driving, it is important to treat his problems. It would be okay to take a sedative / anti-anxiety medication
for a short duration till his sleep gets regularized. There is a risk of addiction to sleeping tablets only if they are taken over a long period. There are also certain sedative medication which have a short duration of action, least hangover effect and very minimal addiction potential. So, I would suggest that you discuss about this with your doctor. For the stomach ulcers, he may need medication which will reduce the stomach acid secretion - like pantoprazole
. He can also take over the counter antacids and ensure that he has a bland, non-oily diet.
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar