A guy accidentally proposed to his girlfriend while conked out on sleeping pills and doesn't remember a thing


  • Redditor u/oprayerman shared a cautionary tale about sleeping pills on the TIFU sub on Tuesday.
  • OP took four Ambien and woke up engaged to his girlfriend.
  • He did not remember proposing, nor did he recall changing his Facebook status to “engaged” after he’d woken up.

Be cautious when taking sleeping pills. They may cause you to sleepwalk, hallucinate, or accidentally propose to your girlfriend.

At least that’s what happened to u/oprayerman, who says he recently took four Ambien and woke up to find he was newly engaged. He to the TIFU (‘Today I F–ked Up’) subreddit to share his cautionary tale, adding that luckily, he did intend to propose to his partner at some point…just not with that ring, and not on that day.

OP kicked off his story (edited for length and clarity) with a disclaimer:

“I want to start off with saying that AMBIEN is the strongest drug/hallucinogen I’ve ever tried and you should not f– with it.”

“Anyways, one night I just couldn’t sleep, so I decided to take 4 10mg Ambiens (I’m an idiot) and I had an engagement ring in my drawer that I traded for some other jewellery because I buy and sell stuff on Craigslist.

The next thing he remembered was seeing the ring on his now-fiancée’s finger. He had no recollection of sharing the good news on his social media.

“Anyways, long story short, I woke up and she was wearing the ring on her finger and had explained what had happened and I was just shook because I couldn’t remember sh–. I go on my Facebook and apparently my Ambien drugged brain changed my relationship status to engaged and it got 150+likes before I f–kin saw it.”

Having found himself engaged far sooner than planned, OP decided to share his experience with Reddit, along with a health warning:

“I had not planned on being engaged with my girlfriend for another year and a half and probably would have gotten her a better ring but ambien sped up the process ten folds. Warning: if its 3am, and you can’t sleep, DO NOT TAKE AMBIEN.”

The story prompted dozens to share their own sleeping pill-fuelled mishaps.

“I stopped taking Ambien when I woke up to a confirmation email from Amazon that I’d ordered ‘Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, The Complete Box Set’ at 3:00 a.m.,” wrote u/stephschiff.

“A friend of a friend took too much Ambien once and woke up with a brand new Lexus in his driveway. Said it was his ‘dream car’ anyways. He still drives it to this day lol,” wrote u/Lilo_andSkulls.

“The last time I took Ambien, I went to a grocery store near my house and got the cops called on me for bothering the customers. I was told I was going up to people speaking gibberish. I woke up strapped to a gurney with an IV and catheter,” wrote u/hole_in_the_head.

“I stopped taking Ambien after I put Flash Gordon on one night, took a couple right when the theme song comes on at the beginning, and “woke up” drunk at a party in the next town over with the sun coming up. I lost around eight hours, and there are so many ways I could have died – not the least of which being that I drove there,” wrote u/Cosmic-Engine.



recalled what happened when his girlfriend’s dad accidentally switched her Xanax for Ambien before a long flight:

“My girlfriend has anxiety on aeroplanes. She has a prescription for Xanax. Her dad accidentally switched them for his Ambien. She took 3 to calm her nerves. I knew something was off when she just slumped on me like a dead body. She ended up going on a full blown psychedelic trip on the aeroplane. She didn’t recognise me, like she was confused and frightened at my face, claiming a had a “Pokémon nose”. I had to play guru (grateful for my teen years for preparing me for this situation). I calmed her down, put my Ray-Bans on her, wrapped her up in a blanket and put some cartoons on for her. She then had a grin the the Cheshire Cat. When the flight attendant came by and asked us what we would like to drink, she loudly whisper-yelled ‘TACOS, PLEASE!’ I explained again that it was Tazo tea she had seen on the menu. Given sometime, she calmed down and sobered up. The older lady who was sat with us was not amused.”

Though, truth be told, most of the comments voiced utter astonishment at the fact that OP had managed to take four 10mg Ambien without losing his mind entirely. The main takeaway here is to be really,really careful when taking sleeping pills. u/CouchToad said it best: “Do not take FOUR Ambien you dumb donkey.”

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