It’s hard to understand why something as innocent as a piece of fruit or a bag of candy can result in sleep problems, some of which can be extreme. Most people can enjoy healthy food like fruits with no harmful effects, and most do not notice any change when they eat candy, even if it contains artificial colors and flavors. But the Feingold Association has received many reports of disturbed sleep from people who are very sensitive to salicylates and/or additives. For some, the reaction is simply difficulty in settling down to sleep; others suffer night terrors or even hallucinations.
A month’s trial of eliminating salicylates and artificial colors, flavorings, and petrochemical preservatives could make a lifetime of difference.