Why Does The Drug Ambien (sleep Aide) Make You Eat?

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Anonymous answered
Yes, it will make you eat. My sister was on it and gained a ton of weight
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martha answered
I have had this problem at times.  Finding cereal boxes in my room, or even chocolate smeared  all over my sheets and gown!  I think part of the problem is that it causes sleepwalking, and maybe we just automatically go to the kitchen!
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Ree Ree
Ree Ree commented
ain't that the truth!! wish it would make me work out instead!! LOL
martha
martha commented
too bad it just doesn't allow you to lose weight while you sleep!
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Anonymous answered
I have this same problem. I will often find empty food containers in the trash and wake up feeling full. I have apparently driven across the street to buy beer as well. I did some research and found that link between food and sleep in our brains is closely related, and in normal cases, when asleep, the brain releases a chemical to reduce hunger in order to prolong sleep but Ambien will often cross these wires. Especially in those who watch carefully what they eat during the day and may often go to bed hungry. Such as myself. I am becoming desperate because I have run out of options and am unsure what to do from here.
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Anonymous answered
It's doing it to me too, since being on it a month I have gained 5lbs and I'm trying to lose weight not gain it, My Husband said I had finished off the Fruit trifle Pudding dish last night and half half a bag of cookies, Geesshhh, I can't remember doing any of it, Now I know why the stupid scale will not move, Think I will come off of this med, I need to lose 30 lbs and at this rate I will not get it done. I guess I'm sleeping ?
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Tina answered
I too have had this problem! I take ambien as well, and yes, I have gained weight... I have found food in my bed, beside my bed and dishes in the sink... (it's really scarey when you wake up and find you cleaned your bathroom in the middle of the night.) is this medicine really getting us rest? I am waiting to hear what all the responses are.... Thanks oldfart for asking this.
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Ree Ree
Ree Ree commented
yea I hear ya!! I've found melted chocolate..food bowles etc in my room.the next day I tell myself I will not eat but does not help.. I take it when I'm laying in the bed to!! so weird....
martha
martha commented
it causes sleep walking
Tina
Tina commented
Yeah, I know, my husband came home one night and found me walking the dog around the block... I was worried I might get in the car and drive! (who knows maybe I have, I know I have blurted while on it, and didn't remember answering some of the questions)
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Brian Reed answered
It is a common side effect. I had a friend who used  to wake up and find she had been eating food out of the fridge and was not even aware of it. Another side effect is sleep walking!
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Anonymous answered
Yes! And I thought it was just me! I find emptied out dishes in the morning, I love that it works but I am very good about not eating late at night only to find this in the morning! It's got to stop! Dhill2020

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