We've already written that teenagers are twice as likely to have a car accident if they feel sleepy behind the wheel. Now we're being told that police are pulling over drivers that appear to be drunk, only to find out they're under the influence of Ambien.
According to one sleep expert, Ambien (also known as zolpidem) can impair your coordination and ability to think straight for up to eight hours. If you wake up and drive during this period you are just as dangerous as a drunk driver.
Please take this as a reminder to make sure you are fully educated about any insomnia medication you're taking. Always be aware of the risks and any potential side effects.
Last updated: November 11, 2010