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
89
Tried for
anxious mood (72) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
insomnia (88) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
pain (54) anxious mood (11)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
anxious mood (46) insomnia (29)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
pain (58) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
depressed mood (51) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
insomnia (43) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
anxious mood (33) insomnia (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
anxious mood (31) insomnia (7)
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 (48 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
anxious mood (72) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (48 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess groggy in morning 26 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
insomnia (88) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (52 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 47 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
pain (54) anxious mood (11)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
addiction auditory hallucinations 16 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
anxious mood (46) insomnia (29)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (43 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 41 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
pain (58) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea insomnia 26 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
depressed mood (51) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 28 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
insomnia (43) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness exhaustion 2 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
anxious mood (33) insomnia (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (35 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth insomnia 52 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
depressed mood (43) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 12 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (31) insomnia (7)
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 33
20s 394
30s 792
40s 987
50s 909
60s 505
70+ 132
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 582
20-29 years 359
30-39 years 312
40-49 years 196
50-59 years 92
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,489
Not Diagnosed 425

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