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)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
anxious mood (71) insomnia (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
pain (55) anxious mood (11)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
anxious mood (46) insomnia (27)
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
53
Tried for
depressed mood (50) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
insomnia (43) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
anxious mood (33) insomnia (20)
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)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (39) 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)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (48 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess groggy in morning 26 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
insomnia (88) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
anxious mood (71) insomnia (20)
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 (55) 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 (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 (58) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea insomnia 24 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
depressed mood (50) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (25 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 28 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
insomnia (43) anxious mood (3)
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 (20)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth insomnia 53 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
depressed mood (43) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (23 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (39) 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 34
20s 396
30s 778
40s 981
50s 898
60s 502
70+ 130
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 577
20-29 years 359
30-39 years 310
40-49 years 194
50-59 years 91
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,475
Not Diagnosed 424

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