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
79
Tried for
anxious mood (60) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
insomnia (73) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
pain (44) anxious mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
insomnia (51) anxious mood (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
anxious mood (41) insomnia (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
anxious mood (32) insomnia (25)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
pain (43)
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)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
depressed mood (36) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (30) depressed mood (23)
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
drowsiness brain fog 18 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
anxious mood (60) insomnia (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (48 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess in morning amnesia 19 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
insomnia (73) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 38 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
pain (44) anxious mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (31 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain brain fog 33 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
insomnia (51) anxious mood (7)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness dry mouth 6 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
anxious mood (41) insomnia (23)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
memory problems auditory hallucinations 11 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
anxious mood (32) insomnia (25)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety and frustration chronic constipation 30 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
pain (43)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 58 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
depressed mood (37) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 14 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
depressed mood (36) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia sexual dysfunction 30 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (30) depressed mood (23)
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 30
20s 393
30s 833
40s 1091
50s 984
60s 627
70+ 180
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 626
20-29 years 380
30-39 years 326
40-49 years 206
50-59 years 96
60-69 years 20
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 849
Female 3288

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1737
Not Diagnosed 444

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