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
88
Tried for
anxious mood (69) insomnia (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
insomnia (86) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
pain (55) anxious mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
anxious mood (44) insomnia (28)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
depressed mood (54) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
insomnia (48) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
pain (56) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
anxious mood (36) insomnia (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
depressed mood (41) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
anxious mood (31) insomnia (8)
1 more

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 (45 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
anxious mood (69) insomnia (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (47 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess sleep walking 24 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
insomnia (86) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (50 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 48 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
pain (55) anxious mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations brain fog 15 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
anxious mood (44) insomnia (28)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea decreased sex drive (libido) 27 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
depressed mood (54) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (28 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 30 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
insomnia (48) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 38 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
pain (56) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion rash or skin problems 3 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (36) insomnia (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia dry mouth 53 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
depressed mood (41) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 13 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
anxious mood (31) insomnia (8)
1 more
  • 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 34
20s 387
30s 797
40s 1,023
50s 916
60s 538
70+ 139
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 596
20-29 years 362
30-39 years 316
40-49 years 199
50-59 years 92
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 770
Female 3,055

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,639
Not Diagnosed 431

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