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
57
Tried for
anxious mood (39) insomnia (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
anxious mood (34) insomnia (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
insomnia (38) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
insomnia (40) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
pain (28) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (31) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (25) anxious mood (20)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
anxious mood (15) insomnia (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (23)

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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
anxious mood (39) insomnia (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth sleepiness 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (34) insomnia (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (29 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 19 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
insomnia (38) anxious mood (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (23 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety attacks crying spells 7 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
insomnia (40) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood brain fog 24 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
pain (28) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 41 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
anxious mood (31) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (25) anxious mood (20)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
memory problems auditory hallucinations 8 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15) insomnia (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty urinating (dysuria) 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxiety and frustration 23 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (23)
  • 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?

  • 11 new patients joined this month
  • 770 say insomnia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 23
20s 389
30s 873
40s 1093
50s 1082
60s 727
70+ 237
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 647
20-29 years 387
30-39 years 331
40-49 years 210
50-59 years 100
60-69 years 24
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 928
Female 3498

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1791
Not Diagnosed 454

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