I started taking ambien a few weeks ago to help with my insomnia...it's pretty bad, and makes me rather unpleasant to be around.
So anyway, since beginning it, my dreams have completely changed. Usually they are very negative now, not necessarily nightmare-ish, but not fun and happy, or even all that weird (by MY standards...which are pretty high). And I have a hard time remembering them for more than a few minutes which is frustrating for me.
So last night I take a benedryl for this stupid post nasal scratchiness I got going on and decide not to take the ambien thinking the benedryl would knock me out anyway. Wrong. I didn't sleep worth a crap last night and when I DID finally sleep I had a horrible dream.
I dreamed I was staying at the house of one of the playgroup moms I know...we aren't great friends but we get along nicely (IRL). And apparently I got up in the middle of the night and beat up her mother in my sleep and then returned to bed with no memory of the incident.
I tried to tell her that it must have been one of her kids, b/c there is no way that I would have done that. There was a bunch of other crap going on in it, too, but this is the only part I can remember...mostly, there are bits and pieces floating around, but that is the most significant part (I think).
So my thinking is I need to quit the ambien, but it really does help me sleep, most nights. I really just don't know what to do.
I should add that I believe I began to believe that it was possible I was responsible for the beating and that I then decided the ambien was making me aggressive and forgetful.