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
81
Tried for
anxious mood (62) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Tried for
insomnia (79) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
pain (50) anxious mood (12)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
anxious mood (40) insomnia (26)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
insomnia (45) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
pain (53) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
anxious mood (35) insomnia (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
depressed mood (45) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
depressed mood (37) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
anxious mood (28) depressed mood (21)
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 (39 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
anxious mood (62) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (42 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess groggy in morning 19 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
insomnia (79) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (48 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 47 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
pain (50) anxious mood (12)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations brain fog 15 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
anxious mood (40) insomnia (26)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 26 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
insomnia (45) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 37 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
pain (53) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
exhaustion rash or skin problems 4 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (35) insomnia (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea insomnia 21 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
depressed mood (45) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 55 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
depressed mood (37) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia sexual dysfunction 29 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
anxious mood (28) depressed mood (21)
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 387
30s 802
40s 1,031
50s 911
60s 549
70+ 140
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 597
20-29 years 365
30-39 years 317
40-49 years 199
50-59 years 92
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 783
Female 3,061

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,644
Not Diagnosed 432

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