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
70
Tried for
anxious mood (51) insomnia (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
insomnia (56) fatigue (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
anxious mood (38) insomnia (20)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
insomnia (45) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
pain (29) anxious mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
anxious mood (31) depressed mood (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
anxious mood (22) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (24) anxious mood (20)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
depressed mood (27) pain (5)
2 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 (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness brain fog 12 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
anxious mood (51) insomnia (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (37 evaluations)
Side effects
amnesia anxiety attacks 14 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
insomnia (56) fatigue (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth daytime tiredness 6 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (38) insomnia (20)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (29 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
insomnia (45) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood brain fog 24 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
pain (29) anxious mood (8)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 44 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (31) depressed mood (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
memory problems auditory hallucinations 9 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (22) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (24) anxious mood (20)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty urinating (dysuria) 5 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (31)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood difficulty with orgasm 50 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (27) pain (5)
2 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 22
20s 396
30s 865
40s 1095
50s 1067
60s 699
70+ 227
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 644
20-29 years 386
30-39 years 330
40-49 years 208
50-59 years 100
60-69 years 23
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 907
Female 3466

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1783
Not Diagnosed 451

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