Okay, it's like this:
First, I'm a transient insomniac, meaning that I have episodes where I wake up repeatedly throughout the night.
This has been going on for years now.
I recently got a prescription for Ambien, the sleep aid.
Just so you know, I am now, and have always been hesitant about taking any kind of sleep drug.
I've been putting off trying it for about two weeks but last night, I had no place to go and nothing to do and I felt like it was a good time to try
Ambien (especially because I was going on two days of not sleeping and I have to be at work at 7am.)
So at 7:30pm, I take the Ambien and by 8:00pm, I'm out cold.
I slept straight through until about 4:30am or so and got out of bed feeling great at 5:30am.
So this morning when I start my car, all of a sudden the "check engine" light goes on.
Now, keep in mind, that I just put $1,000 worth of work into my car by a reputable garage, and my car just passed inspection.
So, I think, whatever, it's just a computer problem because of the new oxygen sensors they installed.
So, I get home from work and I walk out in front of my car and...what the hell?!?!
There's this huge dent in front of my car and the paint is all scratched.
I thought that maybe someone hit it during the night and just took off.
The weird thing is, is that it never set off my alarm, and a hit that hard totally would set it off.
So now I'm super pissed,
and then I'm thinking, okay, I'll just go inside and have a drink to cool out.
But then I think to double check the contra-indications for alcohol and Ambien.
So I do some web searching and find out that a side effect for Ambien is sleep driving (which is like sleep walking, except you drive instead of
And now, I'm like "What the f#@k!?!?"
Did I sleep drive last night and hit something?
That's the only thing that can explain my car getting hit and the alarm not going off, as the alarm is disengaged while the car is running.
Apparently, sleep driving is a serious side-effect of Ambien and there is a whole law suit going on about it.
I got information from the following sites:
(pages 5 & 7)
Plus, when you google the term "sleep driving" you get the following results:
So, did I do that to my car?
Now I'm totally freaked out and I'm afraid to take Ambien again for fear that something worse may happen.
Do any of you know anything about this?
Seriously, I'm totally freaked out!!