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
82
Tried for
anxious mood (63) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
insomnia (78) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
pain (50) anxious mood (13)
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)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
anxious mood (39) insomnia (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
insomnia (46) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
pain (51) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
depressed mood (42) 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
40
Tried for
pain (40) 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 (40 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
anxious mood (63) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (43 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess grogginess in morning 19 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
insomnia (78) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (49 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision weight gain 47 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
pain (50) anxious mood (13)
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)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness exhaustion 5 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (39) insomnia (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (26 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 26 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
insomnia (46) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anxiety and frustration 36 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
pain (51) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (35 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea insomnia 20 more
Total evaluations
43
Tried for
depressed mood (42) 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 (40) 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 32
20s 389
30s 804
40s 1,045
50s 925
60s 562
70+ 147
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 602
20-29 years 368
30-39 years 319
40-49 years 202
50-59 years 93
60-69 years 20
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 792
Female 3,106

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,668
Not Diagnosed 435

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