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
77
Tried for
anxious mood (59) insomnia (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
insomnia (57) fatigue (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
insomnia (47) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
anxious mood (40) insomnia (22)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
pain (31) anxious mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (26) insomnia (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
anxious mood (29) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
pain (34) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
depressed mood (30) anxious mood (5)
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)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
anxious mood (59) insomnia (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (42 evaluations)
Side effects
amnesia anxiety and frustration 18 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
insomnia (57) fatigue (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain increased appetite 23 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
insomnia (47) anxious mood (6)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
daytime tiredness dry mouth 5 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (40) insomnia (22)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (19 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 24 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (31) anxious mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
memory problems auditory hallucinations 9 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (26) insomnia (23)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia sexual dysfunction 32 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
anxious mood (29) depressed mood (22)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog depressed mood 50 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (32) pain (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation difficulty urinating (dysuria) 6 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (34) insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea decreased sex drive (libido) 12 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
depressed mood (30) anxious mood (5)
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 24
20s 401
30s 834
40s 1088
50s 1015
60s 632
70+ 191
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 627
20-29 years 383
30-39 years 325
40-49 years 205
50-59 years 97
60-69 years 21
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 872
Female 3315

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1742
Not Diagnosed 445

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