Dec 14, 2011 at 18:22:16
“About sleepwalking in general: my grandmother had a younger sister who was prone to this behavior when they were growing up. She often would get up in the middle of the night, fling open the door, and walk outside into the woods barefoot. It was my grandmother's assignment, to her dismay, to keep an eye on her during such incidents. She was to retrieve her and put her back to bed but never to awaken her (the belief being that it would cause some kind of permanent damage). On one particulary cold night, however, my grandmother's patience wore thin and she slapped her. Granny stated with great satisfaction that her sister never walked in her sleep again! (I'm NOT advocating this so-called 'remedy', just relating a bit of family lore...).”
Dec 14, 2011 at 18:17:51
“USE AMBIEN CAUTIOUSLY! I found out from personal experience that it does, indeed, cause temporary amnesia (later confirmed by my doctor and from researching the drug). My daughter told me on more than one occasion, after my taking Ambien and while still AWAKE, that we'd had lengthy conversations I did not remember. At first I thought she was kidding but a friend also said we'd talked on this phone after taking Ambien and, likewise, I had no recollection.
There have been reports of Ambien users doing all sorts of things they don't later remember. One woman would get up, retrieve food from the kitchen and eat in bed, while still asleep. Her husband was very alarmed upon seeing a red substance on the sheets the morning after she'd unknowingly feasted on spaghetti! More serious consequences have occurred with people who've had accidents -such as falling and hitting one's head while still up and about - because they took Ambien but didn't get in bed right away.
Ambien can be very effective for short-term sleep problems but one needs to be aware of the potential side-effects. If you're going to use this drug, take it the last thing before you retire so that you're be safely IN BED when it kicks in. If you live alone, you might want to forego this sleep aid altogether. I shutter to think what could happen to someone under the influence of this drug trying to respond to an emergency, for example.”