By Sparky | March 14, 2006
As I discovered in my previous post going out shooting photographs in the cold winter weather while feeling a little off can make you sick. As I discovered last night taking sleeping medication with flu medication can have it’s own collection of side effects.
At some point last night I was having trouble sleeping so I took some Ambien to help me calm down and get to sleep. Unfortunately I had forgotten quite how hypnotic Ambien can be, and particularly that effect doubles when combined with Nyquil or other non-perscription sleeping aids. I had taken a regular dose of Nyquil an hour or so previously to help with my flu.
I do not even remember taking the Ambien last night, but I do remember intending to do so. I don’t remember anything else about the evening – but apparently I had quite the adventure. When I woke up this morning I was sprawled out on the kitchen floor with Skype and my powerbook at my side, and the above image staring at me. I don’t remember even working on the image yesterday, yet alone making such a nightmarish image from poor Tres and his damn eyes! There were huge messes in the kitchen and living room I don’t remember making, and apparently I threw up again at some point last night (thankfully in the bathroom where it belongs).
I also apparently had some rather incoherent conversations on MSN messenger last night and in reviewing my logs I’m reminded how just how potent Ambien can be. No wonder there are so many reports of Ambien driving floating around there. Don’t get me wrong – Ambien is the best sleeping aid I’ve found yet but it should be respected and taken carefully to avoid potentially disastrous consequences.
Luckily getting another 14 hours of drug-fueled sleep last night seemed to help matters quite a bit. I still feel under the weather today, but no longer completely floored sick. The antibiotics are working quite nicely and hopefully tonight I’ll be able to get a good (natural) nights sleep!
Remember folks – Ambien can be a great sleeping aid, but don’t mix it with anything. In my case the results were not too disastrous, but that won’t always be the case.