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 for insomnia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
808
Tried for
insomnia (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Lunesta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
265
Tried for
insomnia (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Sonata)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
insomnia (11)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
425
Tried for
insomnia (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Rozerem)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
insomnia (5)

Data from patients with insomnia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (23 evaluations)
Side effects
anxiety attacks crying spells 7 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
insomnia (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Lunesta)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth grogginess 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
insomnia (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Sonata)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
wakefulness wearing off effect
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
insomnia (11)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
insomnia (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Rozerem)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in morning wakefulness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
insomnia (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with insomnia, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has insomnia on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 783 say insomnia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 24
20s 372
30s 871
40s 1092
50s 1093
60s 742
70+ 242
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 649
20-29 years 388
30-39 years 333
40-49 years 210
50-59 years 100
60-69 years 24
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 934
Female 3506

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1795
Not Diagnosed 454

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