I have to disagree with saying anyone that takes drugs will fall asleep. I had an epidural and definitely DID NOT fall asleep. I think it really varies for every person. It also depends on how well the epidural works, when you get it etc. I went into labor at 2 a.m. and didn't go to the hospital until 11:30 a.m. When I got to the hospital I was 5 cm dialated. I didn't get my epidural until I was 7 cm dialated. While the epidural helped the pain for me, it definitely didn't completely rid me of it to the point that I could've fallen asleep. And on top of all of that, the epidural wore off about 45 minutes before I started to push so by the time the pushing part arrived, I could feel everything. So, again, to make my point, I think it really depends on everyone's own body and how it reacts to these medicines. Apparently it didn't work very well for me, but I still plan on getting one this time around.