Tuesday, September 26, 2006


I have had a wierd problem lately - sleepwalking.

Last Wednesday, after going to bed at 10pm, I apparently woke up at (around midnight) and made several telephone calls, and rearranged some things in my room. When I woke up in the moring, I had no recollection at all (and still don't) of what had happened but was able to reconstruct from what happened by physical evidence (e.g. records of calls on my cellphone). Something similar happened last Friday. I confused some people with very odd-sounding conversations. Nothing serious went amiss.

I am a long time insomnia sufferer, and recently switched from Lunesta to Ambien. What seems to have happened is that I took Ambien too soon after drinking a glass of wine. That will not happen again.

Ambien is about to go on the market as the generic zolpidem, and as a result I think more people will take it. The "Ambien excuse", as in the case of Representative Patrick Kennedy, had always seemed to me to be bogus. I now expect to hear a lot more about it, and, frankly, after my own experience, will be inclined to believe it.

Basic rule: hide your car keys before you take a sleep aid.

1 comment:

Steve Muhlberger said...

A good while back now there was a sleep aid or anti-depressant implicated in people killing their beloved spouses. Any single one could maybe be explained -- maybe the spouses weren't so beloved -- but a pattern soon emerged.