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
819
Tried for
insomnia (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Sonata)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
insomnia (4)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
434
Tried for
insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lunesta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
266
Tried for
insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Rozerem)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
insomnia (1)

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 (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in morning vivid dreams
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
insomnia (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Sonata)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
insomnia (4)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
insomnia (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lunesta)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Rozerem)
Perceived effectiveness
for insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
insomnia (1)
  • 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?

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

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 287
30s 840
40s 1061
50s 1164
60s 903
70+ 365
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 658
20-29 years 395
30-39 years 334
40-49 years 213
50-59 years 101
60-69 years 26
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1003
Female 3642

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1823
Not Diagnosed 452

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