Zolpiclone- Also known as Imovane. This hypnotic-sedative sleep aid is not very fast acting, it does much like what Ambien does, only to the power of 10. So it takes a lot longer to kick in but whe it does, watch out. It is not FDA approved for sale in the U.S. yet, but supposedly will be in Feb 2005. I recently acquired some of this and tried it for the first time last night.
All I have to say about it is this: Holy Shit!
If you've ever wondered what Horse Tranquilizers (ie: Ketamine) feel like, this is it. Near-complete disconnect with reality, for the most part. My memory is hazy. I do recall (before
going to sleep in bed) Galen convincing me that he'd injected me with a syringe that had a serum in it that would turn me into a Werewolf. And I do recall believing him. Fucker. Paybacks are a bitch, bitch. :P
I was a little slow to wake this morning. It stayed in my system for around 8-10 hours, which is normal. Imovane's claim to fame is it's ability to counter early-morning-wakers who cannot fall back to sleep. It can be slightly addictive if abused.
Moral of the story: If you've got insomnia, don't put yourself through the misery of staring at the alarm clock for 4 hours, knowing that with each passing minute you're going to be that much more sleep depriven the next day. Don't come up with bullshit corny lame techniques for going to sleep. Fuck the holistic approach, embrace chemical technology with arms wide open and take control of your circadian rhythm. This stuff does a force-reset on it. Tonight .. I'll probably sleep just fine without it.