i live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, literally next door to the hood. Anyways, I took an ambien to go to sleep at around 1. At 3 i woke up hearing something bang on my window and balcony door, I thought someone had broken in or was trying to. I was disoriented from the ambien but pulled myself together, grabbed my full-size IWI Jericho .40 and my mag lite from the night stand and went to investigate. I was half expecting to see a crack head lifting up my plasma tv. Thank god i was wrong. after searching my place to make sure no one was hiding anywhere i realized that the idiots 2 units over had been throwing beer bottles off their balcony. It freaked me out at first because i was not 100% sober. but im glad it wasnt serious because i was ready for battle...
Im glad i woke up though because im usually a deep sleeper and have been worrying that the combination of that and the ambien im prescribed for insomnia would make it difficult to wake up if something serious was happening. I think i handled myself well though under the circumstances and it was reassuring to have both a flashlight and my sidearm at my immediate disposal, so there would be no wasted time in an actual emergency.
However I have learned from the experience and im much more mindful of keeping my doors locked and not letting people know where I live. It has made me reconsider my ambien consumption though. Even though it doesnt completely knock me out because ive built a tolerance to it, its unnerving to think I may not be 100% ready to go if a serious situation presents itself. I need to take it because of my insomnia however but this had made me want to try to lower my intake and eventually get off the pills completely for safeties sake.
Overall though it was just a false alarm and I think that I handled it the right way.