Wiseman starting taking Ambien while she was in the hospital on bed rest during her second pregnancy. She was grateful for the full eight hours of sleep it got her, and took a pill just about every night for six weeks.
Then she started raiding the fridge. "I have no idea when it started happening, but one morning I woke up with milk and cereal all over me," she says. "Somehow during the night I'd gone downstairs and fixed a bowl of cerealthen climbed back into bed and dumped it all over the front of me. Another time I found a plate of half-eaten dinner at the foot of the bed: I had fixed a plate, heated it up in the microwave, and then gone back to bed to eat."
But still, Wiseman relies on medication to keep her functioning. When her prescription ran out and the family moved to a new military base, her new doctor refused to prescribe more pills. She spent a few miserable months barely getting by with over-the-counter and herbal sleep aids, until she found another physician who renewed her Ambien prescription.