I certainly wouldn’t advise people to use sleeping medications when they don’t need them. After all, this stuff can make people really groggy the next morning and, even worse, it can be harmful to your health if you use too much sleep medication. However, it might be worth a try to use a little Ambien some night after the story I heard Steve Martin recently tell.
The former SNL funny man and movie star appeared on David Letterman to talk about The Pink Panther 2 and other stuff he is working on at the moment. And during the show, Martin also started talking about online poker which brought up a very interesting story involving him and Ambien. Steve Martin takes Ambien to help him sleep better and Martin happened to play poker one night before he took his Ambien. Before he went to sleep, Martin had $500 in his account and, when he woke up the next morning, Martin found that he had $1,500 in his account.
Martin wrote the site he was playing at to find out how the money got there and, much to his surprise, found that the money made its way into his account during the hours he thought he was sleeping. Apparently, Martin was playing online poker while he was kind of sleeping under the influence of Ambien and had added $1,000 to his account during this time.
Ambien has been reported in other odd cases where people will do stuff while they’re sleeping such as drive, make food, use their phone, etc. while they’re on this medication. It looks like you can add playing online poker to the list of things you can do on Ambien now, but I still wouldn’t recommend it for this purpose. It seems like you could just as easily lose money this way too.