Ambien is one of the top 20 drugs prescribed in America. You probably know it as a sleeping pill, but it’s more accurately classified as a sedative-hypnotic, and doesn’t actually induce natural sleep. True sleep stems largely from the thalamus, a brain region that puts out signals to trigger unconsciousness, whereas Ambien mostly acts on your cortex to block neurons from firing. It’s not even the first line of treatment for insomnia—cognitive behavioral therapy works much better because it addresses the underlying causes of the sleep issues, rather than sedating you. In many cases, drugs like Ambien don’t work better than a placebo.
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Slowed response times
Sleep-driving, -walking, -eating, -talking, and having sex while asleep
Since Ambien does put users in something of an altered state of mind, some blame the drug for inducing behaviors they might get in trouble for later. But abnormal thinking is an incredibly rare side effect of sedatives, and users should seek a physician’s advice if they think the drug is making them do things they would never otherwise do.
Though you may find yourself rambling on and on to your friends due to lowered inhibitions and lack of judgement, Ambien has not been known to cause hateful feelings toward any particular people. If you’re experiencing thoughts like this, please see a therapist.