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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
116
Tried for
insomnia (82) Insomnia (55)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
Anxious mood (67) insomnia (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
Insomnia (78) insomnia (6)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
Pain (54) Anxious mood (10)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
Anxious mood (48) insomnia (24)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
insomnia (36) Insomnia (28)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
Insomnia (45) Pain (26)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Tried for
Pain (62) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Insomnia (50) insomnia (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
Anxious mood (30) insomnia (20)
3 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)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Grogginess Amnesia 33 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
insomnia (82) Insomnia (55)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
Anxious mood (67) insomnia (21)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Groggy in morning 27 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
Insomnia (78) insomnia (6)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Weight gain 48 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
Pain (54) Anxious mood (10)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Addiction Auditory hallucinations 18 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
Anxious mood (48) insomnia (24)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Brain fog Dizziness 41 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
insomnia (36) Insomnia (28)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Dizziness 30 more
Total evaluations
74
Tried for
Insomnia (45) Pain (26)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness insomnia 40 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Pain (62) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
Insomnia (50) insomnia (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Exhaustion 2 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
Anxious mood (30) insomnia (20)
3 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 385
30s 722
40s 924
50s 828
60s 470
70+ 119
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 563
20-29 years 349
30-39 years 303
40-49 years 192
50-59 years 87
60-69 years 16
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,441
Not Diagnosed 418

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