Ambien, the popular sleeping drug, has recently been questioned because some users have been sleep driving or binge eating in their sleep.
â€œHalf a loaf of bread would be gone,â€ Evans says. â€œI didnâ€™t realize I was doing it.â€
She discovered her strange habits after her son was visiting for the weekend.
“He heard something in the kitchen during the night and found me frying eggs and bacon,” she says.
Doctors say this side effect is not uncommon.
“We’ve had people eat buttered cigarettes, and people make salt sandwiches and we’ve had people eat raw bacon,â€ says Dr. Mark Mahowald of HCMC. Mahowald has spent two years studying the drug.
Evanâ€™s case is even more bizarre because she was in a full body cast, and unable to walk after back surgery. She says her overnight binges caused her to gain about 30 pounds in six weeks.
When we use drugs to make certain aspects of life easier we often unknowingly change other aspects. Life is sorta woven together and when you affect one piece you are going to change other social or psychological bits.