I haven’t been sleeping well this week. When seasons (or my hormones) change, the amount of sleep I get drops signficantly. My sleep deprivation makes going to work sheer torture, causes me to forget what I did five minutes ago as well as makes me…just a wee bit cranky. Last night I saw an ad for a sleep aid heavily advertised on TV called “Ambien CR” and thought it might help. According to the makers of this wonder drug, Ambien Cr is a “2-layer, controlled-release prescription sleep medication that helps you fall asleep fast and stay asleep.* So you wake up less frequently and fall back to sleep faster.”
But there are just a few ‘minor’, pesky side effects such as:
-Tolerance and dependence (duh! I bet their banking on these!)
-Withdrawal (Symptoms can include abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and occasionally, seizures.)
-Sleepwalking, eating and/or driving while not awake
You might even start acting different and become aggressive, experience confusion, hallucinate (!), become (more) depressed and consider commiting suicide.
Also-“Allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, swelling of your tongue or throat, may occur and in rare cases may be fatal”.
So basically-Ambien is great at possibly putting you to sleep permanently! I know they have to list all possible side effects to deter getting sued, but cripes!
Y’know what? Screw it! I think I’ll just try and ride out my sleeplessness. Better to be tired and sluggish than hallucinating, driving my car while asleep and/or possibly swallowing my own tongue!