I'm a Ambien CR user and have never had these side effects. Ambien helps me fall asleep when I want to, lets me wake up when the dogs (or occasionally wife) wants me to. I don't use any other kinds of alcohol or drugs.
My wife is an Ambien CR user and it has caused her 2 falls, one of which was quite serious. (Wife is an RA patient) Now she gets half of one only under my complete supervision. Personally, I don't recommend Ambien CR for anybody.