Citation: kefka. "Enhancing Imagination: An Experience with Zolpidem (exp73729)". Erowid.org. Jun 16, 2020. erowid.org/exp/73729
I decided to try an ambien before I went to bed last night for fun. I planned to stay up for at least 45 minutes too to enjoy the psychedelic side effects of it. I ate half a turkey sandwich around 9, which was probably a bad idea, because I know that things like ambien work much better on an empty stomach, but whatever I didn't really think about it at the time. At 9:15 I took 10mg ambien and immediately told my roommate I was going to bed. I didn't want to start acting weird in front of him as I hadn't told him yet that I had gotten this prescription. I've done ambien a couple times but it was very different and weird both times so I was eager to try it again, but at least I knew sort of what to expect.
T + 15min: I still wasn't feeling anything, probably because I had eaten that damn sandwich. I decided to go back out to the kitchen where my roommate was working on my computer copying music to his ipod. I said hi and that I couldn't sleep yet, and I decided to make some tea. After I put the kettle on and wandered back into my room I started feeling slightly heavy and more relaxed, and I knew it was starting to come on.
T + 25min: Went back out to get my tea, and I was really starting to feel it now. Very heavy and relaxed, and actually my mood was lifted a little bit. I was very cheerful when talking to my roommate, but he didn't seem to notice because he was really tired and about to go to bed too.
T + 30min: Got back to my room and this is where the part of ambien I am used to started to hit me. First of all, things moved in waves and breathed up an down, sort of like on LSD except honestly more vividly. Except the weird thing about ambien is that these hallucinations do not seem to frighten me, I am calm and relaxed, and playful feeling with the hallucinations. When I walk across my floor from one end of my room to another, the floor always feels uneven. It feels like it jumps out of me at times and sinks at others. I think the feeling of uneven ground or 'steps' on a flat floor is actually the illusion created by a loss of motor function in my legs.
T + 35min: Light is fuzzy now. EVERYTHING moves in waves when I look at it, and in fact all of the pieces of equipment and furniture in my room have seem to come to life and have a personality about them. I notice that I am not playing any music yet there is a constant soundtrack in my head. I am vividly creating music, and my furniture and equipment is dancing with it. I also feel like there are people around me, not necessarily watching me, but laughing with me and watching the things that I'm doing.
T + 40min: I go back out to the kitchen just for the hell of it because I feel in a pretty good mood and not impaired too terribly. My roommate is still there. I say 'DUDE, you gotta try this ambien with me sometime, this is some CRAZY SHIT!' He started laughing at me and agreed that he would try it. I looked at the counter, but instead of it moving up in down like waves like most objects were doing, the granite pattern on the top seemed to flow like a river. To my amazement, I found I could run my hands along the counter and actually change the flow of this river. I probably looked like such a freaking retard standing there in the kitchen, giggling and moving both my hands along the counter top. But on ambien I really dont care.
T + 45min: I get on my computer. The monitor is really tripping me out. It seems to be changing sizes, zooming back and forth, and I have to put my nose really close to the screen to read it accurately. I start chatting on AIM for a bit and it's hard to type smoothly or coherently (I normally type about 135WPM). Also, the chat window pops out at me and rotates a bit. It seems to be dancing with me too.
T + 1 hour: I look at the clock and decide that I should really get to bed, I have work at 8am and wanted to wake up with plenty of time to make breakfast and such. The effects feel like they have been peaking for about 10 minutes now so I figure now is a good time. Now, earlier when I was talking about me subconsciously creating a soundtrack in my head, this has been going on the whole time but I didn't really notice it; it wasnt very strong. However, when I got to my bed, lied down and closed my eyes and had no other stimulus going on, the soundtrack became VERY vivid. Not only that, but I found that I was easily able to create all kinds of patterns and images in my minds eye that were extremely vivid and clear, almost like a lucid dream except I wasn't really a part of it.
I read an experience report once that said, when your thoughts are racing and becoming extremely abstract the moment before you fall asleep; ambien will pretty much keep me at this point and let me explore it. My mind was indeed racing and with every new thought that would randomly pop up, it would begin chaining to other related thoughts. But they werent just thoughts, because each new thread I would enter would have its own set of music and imagery. The amazing thing is that 90% of this was not consciously being created by me, yet I could hear INTRICATE counterpoint melodies being performed, and it was all music I had never heard before.
I could hear INTRICATE counterpoint melodies being performed, and it was all music I had never heard before.
T + 80min: I tried to blank out all the sound and images and laughter I was hearing in my head, in an attempt to get to sleep. I actually heard a crowd of people go 'awwww' and my minds eye went black, and the sound stopped. It was nice to know I still had quite a bit of control over my mind even though it was creating an unbelievable amount of content. As I lay there for a few minutes, I felt encompassed by a gigantic dark blanket. I thought 'ah, so its just going to put me to sleep now'. I felt like there were people preparing blankets and things for me and laying them on top of me. And then all of the sudden, I felt like I was being pulled. I felt like these two people had me on a stretcher and were carrying me off, yet I was still very conscious during this. I thought to myself 'am I feeling myself go to sleep?' It was an incredible feeling, I was being pulled downwards quickly, and it reminded me of the only wake-initiated lucid dream I ever had. I wasn't able to stay with the feeling unfortunately, and after another 20 seconds or so I opened my eyes, and the feeling stopped completely.
T + 95min: since that I was actually getting pretty restless. The effects of ambien were definitely subsiding as well. You are supposed to go to bed immediately after taking ambien, and I actually found it a little harder to sleep when I was at this point, because of how active and dream-like my mind was. I decided to get up and walk around again, and most of my motor functions had returned to normal. I got back on AIM, on my laptop this time, and talked with someone for a bit. When I returned back to my bed, my imaginations and hallucinations were alot more toned down, and I focused on relaxing my body.
The next thing I knew I was waking up at 5:30 AM. It was a little too early, and I'm still not sure why my body did this. I slept for another 2 hours, got up, and went to work. Here I am now, and I'm not feeling too groggy at all.
I am fascinated by the effects of ambien, especially how it enhances the imagination to the point of being able to consciously create worlds. 10mg seems to be plenty, especially considering I didn't do it on an empty stomach. However if I actually plan to use it to get to sleep on, I think I will go to bed immediately after taking it.
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