WEIRD THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN WHILE YOU SLEEP
Most sleep-related behaviors are harmless. But sleepwalking can be a dangerous issue, since you can trip, walk into something, leave your house, and even get behind the wheel.
“With sleepwalking, you’re coming out of sleep just enough for your body to move, but not enough for your brain to be awake,” says Dr. Winter. That’s why you probably have no recollection of your late-night jaunts.
The prescription sleep-aid Ambien has been linked to some of the more bizarre sleepwalking incidents including cooking, binge eating, and driving while zonked out. That’s because even if you wake up during the night, the drug keeps your brain sedated so you’re still in an unconscious state, Dr. Winter says.
If you experience unusual or dangerous nighttime antics and pop the sleeping pill, talk to your doctor about switching prescriptions.