Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Horny Roommate

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Dear Bianca,

My female roommate takes Ambien to sleep. Every couple of nights, she sleepwalks into my bedroom naked and aggressively tries to have sex with me. Tthe next day, she has no memory of it. Zilch. She thanks me for tossing her back into her own room (but she's not embarrassed or concerned enough to stop taking Ambien).

I don't have a bedroom door, so there's no locking her out. And she has a semi-boyfriend. She's hot. I'm horny. Obviously, I'd use a condom. Can this scenario play out in my, and possibly her, favor?

— Sleepless Roommate

Dear Sleepless,

I’m going to tell you what I’ve told so many letter-writers before you — keep it in your pants. Sleeping with your roommate will only cause problems the next day. I don’t know if this scenario would legally be considered rape, but the fact that she wouldn’t remember a thing means you’d be taking advantage of her.

I once watched an episode of 48 Hours Investigates, in which some teen guys had sex with a very drunk girl at a party. She didn’t remember a thing, but the guys stupidly videotaped the ordeal. The tape got leaked, and though they claimed she was willing, the teens were charged with rape. Don’t put yourself in that situation. However, you may be able to use the situation to her advantage. And it does involve a video camera.

According to a March 2006 article in The Washington Post, sleepwalking is a very rare side effect of the popular sleep aid, Ambien. The article stated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had received reports of people eating and even driving while sleepwalking on the drug. Some incidents, the article stated, have led to criminal charges.

But Sanofi-Aventis, the makers of Ambien, claim these incidents are uncommon. Most common side effects include diarrhea, dizziness, and headaches. It sounds like your roommate ought to consult her doctor about switching sleep aids. You say she isn’t concerned enough to stop taking the drug, but maybe her sleepwalking sexcapades could work in her favor here.

The next time she comes enters your room naked, have your video camera ready. A voice recorder or still camera would also work. But make sure you record her behavior. Be certain, of course, to refuse any of her advances.

The next day, when she’s thanking you for tossing her back into her own room, break out the recording from the previous night. She may be quite embarrassed at what she sees. If that doesn’t lead her to change sleep aids, I don’t know what will.

Of course, you’ll also want to let her erase the video or pictures so they don’t accidentally end up on YouTube.

Got a problem? E-mail Bianca at bphillips@memphisflyer.com.

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