Sleepwalker Freezes

The sleepwalker who froze to death


In Jan 2009, Timothy Brueggeman, a 51-year-old electrician from Wisconsin, sleepwalked out of his home in Hayward wearing only his underwear and a fleece shirt. His body was found the next morning about 190 yards from his rural home.

With temperatures around -16°F, Brueggeman died of hypothermia.
Investigators found a bottle of Ambien in his bedroom. Ambien is the most-prescribed sleeping pill in the country and has been linked to hundreds of cases of sleepwalking. Sanofi-Aventis, which produces the drug, insists Ambien is safe when taken as directed and not mixed with alcohol or other drugs. But a friend of the victim, Ed Lesniak, admitted that his friend, who was plagued with insomnia, sometimes drank when taking the sleep aid.

This wasn’t Brueggeman’s first dangerous sleepwalking incident. Last summer, he drove his pickup truck into the side of his own garage. Brueggeman’s mother had advised him to stop taking Ambien after the incident.


~ by mlmcored on June 29, 2009.

One Response to “Sleepwalker Freezes”

  1. A Dangerous pasttime -sleepwalking.

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