The Improbable World


Shot on 16mm film, scratched and colored by hand, and edited on a Steenbeck.

back to my pillows

Ambien is probably one of the strangest prescription medications I’ve had the unexpected pleasure of taking. It’s sold as a prescription sleep aid, which I have taken it for, successfully. Ambien does help one fall asleep and stay asleep.

It’s when one takes an Ambien and doesn’t fall asleep that the weirdness slowly sets in. The first time I noticed any of this, I was sitting in bed with my laptop––much as I am now, except it was a different room, a bigger room. I’d taken an Ambien about a half-hour prior, and I noticed that the screen of my laptop was doing strange things…moving in strange ways. The text appeared separated from the background, and each individual character could move independently of the others. It turns typing into a sort of game, as it’s almost impossible to type well while all this mayhem is going on. Other things, too––sounds seem to take on a life of their own, and pillows feel really good. Profoundly good.

So, if you’re interested in the above, and you have Ambien, just take it as you normally would, but stay awake for a while and see what happens. It’s not just about sleeping with these newfangled sleep medicines.

Now back to my pillows.