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
85
Tried for
anxious mood (69) insomnia (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
insomnia (84) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Pain (55) anxious mood (10)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
anxious mood (49) insomnia (27)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
Pain (61) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
depressed mood (49) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
anxious mood (31) insomnia (20)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
depressed mood (43) anxious mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
insomnia (38) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
Pain (26) insomnia (9)
2 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 (44 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
anxious mood (69) insomnia (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (46 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess groggy in morning 26 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
insomnia (84) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (51 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 47 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
Pain (55) anxious mood (10)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
addiction auditory hallucinations 16 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
anxious mood (49) insomnia (27)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 41 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
Pain (61) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 24 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
depressed mood (49) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion rash or skin problems 1 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (31) insomnia (20)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth insomnia 54 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
depressed mood (43) anxious mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (22 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog dizziness 29 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
insomnia (38) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (37 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 16 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
Pain (26) insomnia (9)
2 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 31
20s 392
30s 747
40s 950
50s 869
60s 481
70+ 124
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 569
20-29 years 356
30-39 years 305
40-49 years 192
50-59 years 88
60-69 years 17
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,458
Not Diagnosed 419

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