Health and Safety Reminder: If you take an Ambien before going to bed, GO TO BED!
My fellow insomniacs know that Ambien (zolpidem) is a wonderful drug. You take a little white pill and 15 minutes later you're asleep, you stay asleep for eight hours, and you wake up in the morning without feeling drugged. But it's important to remember that this drug is also the reason that we won't be seeing Heath Ledger reprise his role as the Joker... or any other role, ever again.
Last night, I started up BBC's iPlayer app on my +OUYA
to watch an episode of The Musketeers
. (My cable provider doesn't offer BBC America, but thanks to +Private Internet Access
, the Internet thinks my Ouya is currently in London.) This morning when I woke up, I couldn't remember how the episode ended.
Also, the dog was still outside, the gas logs in the fireplace were still burning, the light was on in the kitchen and the leftovers from supper weren't put away, and iPlayer was still open to the episode of The Musketeers
I'd started watching. I'd brushed my teeth and put on an old white t-shirt as I usually do every night before I go to bed.
And I'd apparently given myself a bit of a haircut to trim up the back of my neck. (I actually did a pretty decent job of it.)
I don't remember anything about last night after starting that episode, including ever taking an Ambien
. But either The Musketeers
gave me temporary amnesia, or at some point I took a pill.
I've done things after taking an Ambien that I didn't quite remember the next morning, but never so completely as this. And I've never apparently just dropped everything I was doing and gone to bed. But that was probably the safest thing I could have done last night (except for the problems of leaving the dog outside in the rain and leaving the fireplace burning).So please, if you take an Ambien, go to bed immediately.
If you stay awake, you risk doing things you won't remember later. Like drinking a bottle of wine, leaving the house in nothing but a nightshirt, wrecking your car, stopping to urinate in the road, then assaulting the police who attempt to arrest you. (http://goo.gl/MC67YP
) Or, in Heath Ledger's case, repeatedly forgetting that you've already taken some Ambien until you overdose.