Ever drive someplace and realize on arrival that your mind had been totally elsewhere? That’s probably a bad thing, but it doesn’t compare with what the Food and Drug Administration is warning against.
People who take some of the latest sleep medications are actually getting out of bed, getting in their cars and going for a ride. They come back home (with any luck), go back to bed and have no memory of the drive.
The FDA has at least a dozen reports of this, and is concerned that many more sleep-driving incidents are going unreported. Doctors and patients, consider yourselves warned.
This makes putting on makeup, shaving, and having animated phone conversations at the wheel sound positively safe by comparison.