12/03/2012 07:54 am ET | Updated Dec 06, 2012

Ambien Side Effects: What Does Science Say About The Sleep Medication? (VIDEO)

Hi everyone. Cara Santa Maria here. You've heard the stories, right? Someone takes Ambien so they can sleep, and next thing they know, they're waking up halfway across town with no memory of how they got there. From sleepwalking to sleep driving--and even sleep sex--Ambien has been implicated in a number of strange sleep behaviors. A friend of a friend of mine took Ambien, went to bed, and about a week later, she got all these packages in the mail. Apparently, while she was sleeping, she'd ordered a bunch of "hooker clothes" (her words)! So what is it about Ambien that can induce such bizarre behavior, and why do people continue to take it?

I spoke with Dr. Steven Poceta, a neurologist from the Scripps Clinic, who told me about Ambien's interesting side effects. Watch the video above to learn more.

If you have an Ambien story of your own, share it in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


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