Insomnia

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What is insomnia?

Insomnia refers to a variety of difficulties in obtaining a full, restful night's sleep. Patients suffering from insomnia may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, may wake up frequently during the night, or wake up earlier in the morning than desired.

Common symptoms reported by people with insomnia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with insomnia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
anxious mood (63) insomnia (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
insomnia (74) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
insomnia (49) anxious mood (6)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
anxious mood (39) insomnia (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
anxious mood (36) insomnia (26)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
depressed mood (40) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
depressed mood (37) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
pain (41) insomnia (1)

Data from patients with insomnia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with insomnia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
anxious mood (63) insomnia (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (45 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess grogginess in morning 18 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
insomnia (74) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (46 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 47 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
pain (49) anxious mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (29 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 29 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
insomnia (49) anxious mood (6)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness dry mouth 6 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (39) insomnia (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations decreased effectiveness over time 13 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (36) insomnia (26)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety and frustration chronic constipation 32 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
pain (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea insomnia 21 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
depressed mood (40) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 55 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
depressed mood (37) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 9 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
pain (41) insomnia (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with insomnia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has insomnia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 31
20s 392
30s 816
40s 1054
50s 938
60s 586
70+ 158
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 610
20-29 years 374
30-39 years 321
40-49 years 203
50-59 years 93
60-69 years 19
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 805
Female 3171

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1697
Not Diagnosed 437

These charts show data from insomnia patients who have completed their condition history
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