44 mag. Smith with a speed loader and empty cylinder. If I'm awake enough to open the drawer and load it, I'm awake enough to use it.
Ambien sleep aid users need to be aware of reports where they drive, write notes, fix meals and eat without being aware of it -- and don't remember doing it later.
I don't use Ambien, but I don't want a gun in the night-stand "cocked & locked" while I'm asleep. It's not necessary and probably not a good idea.
Ohhhhh yeah . . . the sidearm is only to cover me until I get to the long gun in the corner -- which is also not loaded, but has ammo "at the ready."
No kids in this house, no strangers, no visitors. When there are, the guns get secured, in a SAFE.