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Insomnia and Artificial Sweeteners: What is the Relationship?

Updated on July 27, 2017
In a fog from unexplained lack of sleep?  Take a second look at artificial sweeteners!
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Could Products Called Sugar Substitutes be the Cause of Insomnia?


Like a charlatan promising a naïve girl all that her heart desires, artificial sweeteners have proven to be much more than they admitted when they flashed into the lives of Americans.

The news on them continues to unfold and we continue to learn about their side effects. Some of the information we've learned since they hit the market is controversial, but more importantly, it is concerning.

Ignoring the warnings may be one of the biggest mistakes Americans are making for their health both long term and short term.

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As if there isn’t already enough information about the detriments of these products to our health, reports about how they can be at the root of insomnia are now being uncloaked by researchers.

Two dear-to-me people suffer from an inability to get the sleep they need and I am always on the lookout for some new information that might help them. Research is fairly easy these days, but we need to think through the reports with caution.

While reading through some of the information on how our sleep can be affected by what we eat it occurred to me that one thing my two friends have in common is that they use artificial sweeteners on a regular basis.

Was it possible, could it be that my friends might find a solution to their problem? The big question for everyone is whether insomnia has a case against artificial sweeteners.

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Ask Valid Questions About the Relationship Between Insomnia and Artificial Sweeteners


• Are Artificial Sweeteners an Unfamiliar Cause of Insomnia?

If you’ve read much of my previous work you know that I like research. Examining an issue by taking the time to search for information that is backed by documentation is like a walk in a nice park to me. When this came up I didn't just want information for my two friends, I wanted the pleasure of “finding out.”

With a few clicks a lot of information is available, but what, if any of it, is worthy? Well, I try to begin with info from organizations that have purposed to help people with specific needs. The Arthritis Foundation or the Macular Degeneration Foundation are good examples of that kind of starting point. This is especially important to me when I don’t have personal experience to base my writing on.

First stop was the National Sleep Foundation where I popped the words artificial sweeteners, aspartame, and sweetener into their site’s search box. Checking each one individually yielded the same no results reply, but too many blogs came up when I Googled insomnia and artificial sweeteners together for me to let the initial zero results stop the investigation.


• What was all the buzz on products like Sugar Twin, Necta Sweet and Equal about?


• Could products like Splenda, Nutra-Sweet, and Sweet N' Low interrupt people’s sleep?


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Something in my head told me to keep searching. MedlinePlus offered nothing that I could find on a relationship between trouble sleeping and fake sugars, so I forged onward.

It was interesting to come across a site about the chemical sucralose that also provided information on an FDA page where we can report non-emergency side effects of common products. Evidently, there are a lot of side effects from non-caloric sweetener products to report.

WebMD mentions rejecting artificial sweeteners in an article that briefly focuses on what we already know about lab-produced chemical sweeteners triggering cravings that result in weight gain, but stops short of directly blaming artificial sweeteners for insomnia.

As well, I came across two books linking sleep disorders with sucralose, but I have not read them. If you have done the reading, please leave your perspective in the comments capsule below.

• Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Insomnia, or Don’t They?

After not finding much “official” information on this topic I began reading through various blogs. I've never forgotten that years ago our very fine pediatrician (all of them should be like him) told us he believed that such products would result in a rash of childhood cancers within ten years. That was about 25 years ago.

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Before I began researching whether insomnia was linked to these sweeteners I knew they could create other health problems, even for diabetics. Evaluating the relationship of insomnia to these products was important because a sensible person has to ask if there enough information to validate the claim.

Among the blog posts giving credence to the question of whether problems with insomnia can be solved when products containing aspartame, saccarine, and sucralose are eliminated from peoples diets, I found comments and information on how those products stimulate the brain.

Reading stories about the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal from artificial sweeteners made me even more grateful for the early warning from that pediatrician. The experience of getting out of one's system is not pleasant.

Naturally, all this reading led me to a new search using terms like “artificial sweeteners brain.” I could have varied the words more and continued the searches but two more sites ended it for me.

One report detailed how the brain becomes excited by the products, indicating that the bloggers instincts were on target. The other was a report that thoroughly outlined the links between cancer and these products.

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The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

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Artificial sweeteners have adverse effects on the brain.

A Conclusion on Whether Artificial Sweeteners Cause Insomnia

• Are there valid questions about whether artificial sweeteners are really safe for diabetics as well as others?

• Why should we question and research their safety?

• Do the artificial sweeteners cause insomnia?

Could the answers be that there isn't yet enough information to be sure? Do I know that all of the reports I read are accurate? Is it possible to be certain about the conclusions? Maybe there is room for more questions, but is there room for risk?

When someone like that pediatrician warns us about sugar substitutes, when I hear of other’s personal experiences that indicate I should pay attention, and when I read a wide variety of reports full of warnings from established sources, I know enough to use common sense, and enough to give my friends a chance to learn more about the concerns.

I know enough to say no to the fake sugars and to find ways to use natural sweeteners like agave, sweet leaf, and honey. Delicious monk fruit is currently my most often used sweetener. Incorporating these healthier substitutes into recipes like peach cobblers and brownies is a better option.

If you have more questions about artificial sweeteners, the information you need to read is out there. Don’t wait, the research is a stimulating experience that is not harmful. It is helpful and important for you and others in your life.


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      RTalloni 18 months ago from the short journey

      Thanks for responding. Honey is a great choice for use whether raw or in baking! You are right, there will be someone will be complaining about some aspect of everything.

      Blogs can be used to lead us to research but they are not the best way to get needed info. Mining the resources available through university studies and other sources takes a bit of time and work but it's worth it in the end. Even when going through that information one has to look carefully for signals that it is accurately reported by, for instance, reading through several, sometimes from several countries, to see if they match.

      A large audience can indeed report on personal experience, and that's important to researchers, but those individuals cannot document the effect of a substance on a brain in a detailed fashion through tests.

      Coffee is the one thing I want nothing less than sugar in, but it is has to be organically grown and unprocessed. Honey works well with many others foods/recipes, though.

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      Glenn Stok 18 months ago from Long Island, NY

      In reference to your last reply, I have found that the research is not that easy. Just as you had indicated in your hub, I also have stumbled upon a lot of blogs where people talk about negative side effects of Stevia.

      The fact of the matter is that we will always find somebody complaining about something. Just about anything will have negative side effects for a few people.

      The only useful research would be to take a survey with specific questions to be answered by a large audience. For now, I'm just going to limit my use of stevia products such as Truvia anyway, and use honey for sweetening instead. Honey works well even in coffee.

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      RTalloni 18 months ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for stopping in again to add these thoughts. Since writing this I see mixed reviews on that brand have come out (not unexpectedly), however, my experience does not reflect any issues with it. I must add that I use very little because my first choice for stevia is home grown sweet leaf.

      It is very easy to grow, making it convenient to have on hand. In reading labels it is good to be aware of the need to compare what we think natural should mean and how the law allows companies to use the word (and similar ones).

      I hope we'll get to see the benefit of your research in a hub. Some of the complaints I've read about could possibly be attributed to coincidence but there could be valid concerns for some people. Keeping sugar use to a minimum is important (using organic when it is used is a smart choice), so accurate information on alternative sweeteners is crucial.

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      Glenn Stok 18 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Lately I've been having trouble sleeping and I was also wondering about artificial sweeteners. But the one I use is Truvia, and that is a plant based sweetener. I see you have included an image of it under the title for safer alternatives. So I guess that's not what's affecting my sleep.

      Nevertheless, you got me curious and I'm going to do the same type of research you explained here. I'm going to look for info on Truvia and insomnia to see if I find any relationship there.

      Thanks for a very educational hub. You taught us not only what you found out, but how to find the info.

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      RTalloni 19 months ago from the short journey

      JulesR27:

      So sorry you had that experience but I'm so glad you figured out the source of the problem. The more research discovers about the artificial sweeteners the more convinced I am about the decision to never use it again. Thanks for coming by and commenting as that helps highlight the info for others who do not know of the dangers.

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      JulesR27 19 months ago

      I am here because I believe this to be absolutely true. I have spent last night / morning wide wide awake and the only thing I did differently yesterday was chew two 'sugarfree' chewing gums and then I took one inulin tablet (insoluble fibre for helping bowel) which was full of xylitol. I never ever normally take these,(bought yesterday)and I usually sleep like a baby. I'm 46 and in the start of peri menopause. My sister in law alerted me that the sweetness in tonic water kept her awake after drinking a few one night and she has since switched to plain soda water and lime with her gin and all is well!

      I truly believe this is what has kept me awake, never taking either again!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Rkoivisto:

      So appreciate that you shared your 3 year old's experience here. Too many in your position would have pridefully discarded the aunt's advice. Bravo to you for being a listener and for being in tune with what is going on in your little one's situation!

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      Rkoivisto 2 years ago

      My 3 year old son loves chocolate milk. A month ago we moved and left his chocolate milk mix at our old house. My husband brought some home but it was sugar free so I used that without thinking. almost instantly he stopped taking his nap which was about a 2 hour nap. I thought it was due to the move but visiting our aunt a few days ago she pointed out that it wasn't the healthiest choice so I replaced it with the regular kind with sugar and without any other changes whatsoever he went back to taking naps and it's like he's trying to catch up on sleep. I don't think its a coincidence.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      cabmgmnt:

      Yes, insomnia is one of the many side effects. Thanks for including your decision in this discussion. I recently began making cold brew coffee to reduce the acid content in each cup, but the most surprising thing was not how well that worked, but how much I was able to reduce the amount of sugar use. Now, it's almost zero, where before it was a heaping teaspoon of turbinado. So appreciate your comment on this hub!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      DzyMsLizzy:

      Thanks much for checking out this hub and for adding your experience to the discussion. It breaks my heart to see young mothers and fathers "enjoying" artificially sweetened products with their children. The best we can do is share info and hope it spreads to others. Thanks for helping!

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      Corey 2 years ago from Northfield, MA

      This information is very insightful. One of the many side effects of artificial sweeteners - insomnia. I have stopped buying products with these sweeteners and use stevia if I have too. The adjustment for taking sweetener out of my coffee or tea was not as hard of a challenge as I thought it would be. Thanks for writing this for public awareness!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Since I last visited this article, hubby has switched to Stevia for his coffee, which is also much less frequently consumed these days. Only about 2 cups a week for him, now.

      We still drink sodas, but in moderation, and never the diet stuff. I never did use it; hubby used to, thinking he was doing something good. Then he learned the truth.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      frogyfish:

      Thanks very much for your feedback. It really is stunning that so many people continue to use the artificial sweeteners, especially when so many reports are our about concerning side-effects and when there are so many good options--like stevia!

      So appreciate your visit!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Excellent article, and comments confirm that. Thank you for sharing this vitally needed truth! I do not use any artificial sweeteners and very little sugar, but am flabbergasted at how many people ingest it (them) constantly.

      Videos were great too...I regretfully passed on buying a Stevia plant at our local plant mart last year...now I will have to get one since they are actually easily grown. The middle 'Truth' video was particularly informative...ought to scare a few more people into dropping the 'poison' usage. Education is the word...

      You did a fantastic job here. Thank you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      I'm sorry you had such a rough time of it, but if the result is that you decide not to drink soda anymore then at least something good came of it.

      I know what you mean about water. I sometimes flavor it with a little lemon or some juice and that helps me drink more.

      Sure wish your insomnia solution was as simple as stopping the artificial sweeteners. Maybe you will see some insomnia relief once you are over the withdrawal from them. If so, let us know, please.

      Thanks much for your visit and input here.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I would drink two ex-large diet coke drinks a day. I got started when my doctor told me to drink diet instead of regular coke. This was many years ago.Well, two weeks I got the flu and I couldn't drink anything. The taste of the diet coke was awful. So I haven't had any for two weeks now. I don't plan on going back. I like water but I can just drink so much. I have to figure it out I can't go to sugared drinks.

      Intersting hub voted up. I wish I could say diet drinks caused insomnia with me but I can't I have had insomnia all my life.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      CyberShelley:

      That's certainly a good enough reason to refuse to use the artificial sweeteners, but sometimes time people are willing to take that gamble. If someone is suffering with insomnia, though, they want to know the possible solutions now. Thanks for helping to keep the concerns highlighted

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Very interesting information. I have stopped using sweeteners as I believe they are a carcinogenic. I wouldn't be surprised to find that insomnia and sweeteners are conclusively linked. Thanks for the work and the heads up. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Justsilvie:

      Info on the effects of artificial sweeteners continues to unfold and I hope this encourages people to investigate any they are using. Thanks for leaving your feedback on this hub--I appreciate your visit very much!

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      Justsilvie 5 years ago

      Really interesting and useful Hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This information does not surprise me at all. Artificial sweeteners are toxic and people just do not seem to care. It amazes me what people will put in their body. I have never used them and do not drink sweetened tea or any sort of soda. In addition to insomnia, I think they cause cancers and other illnesses. Your article is very important and I hope many people read it. Thanks, HB.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      RT, I do not use artificial sweeteners but your hub is an eye opener. And insomnia is just the tip of the list of what havoc such artificial chemicals can wreak on our body. Nice and well explained. I try to stay away from processed foods, soda and the rest almost 100% of the time.

      Nothing, not even milk, vegetables and fruit have been spared by selfish people who are out to make a fat buck.

      your hub is very refreshing to read. Voted up, useful, interesting and shared on G+1.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      toknowinfo:

      Thanks for coming by and adding your input to this discussion on the relationship between insomnia and artificial sweeteners. The confirming comments generated by this hub have been interesting!

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Good hub. I am glad you wrote this to create awareness about artificial sweetners. I totally agree that there are detrimental affects to having these ingredients in our diet. Thanks for putting so much thought into this subject.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      JC:

      Thanks very much for sharing your experience. It may be that you are more susceptible to the side effects for any number of reasons. You might like to check on consuming all natural sugar substitutes rather than artificial sugar substitutes, such as stevia or agave. It would be great to hear whether the problem is resolved once you have that artificial sweeteners out of your system.

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      JC 5 years ago

      Hey, I recently changed my diet to cut back on calories, I drank sprite zero and used sweeteners in my tea. The same night I didn't fall asleep until 5 in the morning and every night since not until around 2.30 to 4!! It sucks because I thought it was some kind of miracle solution, sweet drinks without the sugar!? I'm kinda gutted about it. That first night I thought my thoughts were gonna burst out of my skull! My mind just could not shut down and I felt like I was vibrating. I cut out caffeine a few years ago so maybe I'm more susceptible?

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      beingwell:

      Thanks much for adding your input to this hub on insomnia and artificial sweeteners!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      We use brown sugar and honey for our sweets. We don't use artificial sweeteners for health reasons. They are all sugar though. The way to get them out of the system is by exercise.

      Nice hub! Voted up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      annette:

      If your insomnia is due to the artificial sweetener then you may be able to solve it easily and quickly. I hope you have a quick resolution to the problem. Thanks very much for coming by and leaving your input. It would be great if you could give us an update in the future!

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      annette 5 years ago

      I just started usind splenda recently. I haven't slept in three days. I believe it is due to the sweetner. I have never had a problem sleeping no more sweetner for me.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ConspireToInspire:

      Thanks. Insomnia is a vicious enemy, whatever the root cause. Frustration with the business is understandable, yet adds to the whole problem.

      I recommend that you read Miss Olive's Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice listed in my links above, 5th down. On nights when sleep evades your grip I recommend this book in my hub review @ https://hubpages.com/literature/Book-Review-The-In...

      Thanks much for stopping by!

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      ConspireToInspire 5 years ago

      Interesting. I myself am quite the insomniac. My sleep schedule has a mind of it's own, and it's a stubborn sob. Thanks for the info!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      nina64:

      No wonder America is sick, indeed. If we demand the convenience of prepackaged foods we will sacrifice the best health we could have. The saddest part is that so much wonderful, healthy food is available to us.

      The advent of artificial sweeteners brought a whole new perspective to the need for us to know what is in the packaged foods we buy. We just have to educate ourselves and check the labels.

      Thanks for dropping by!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sunnie Day:

      Thank you for stopping by to check out the connection between insomnia and artificial sweeteners! We do need to be careful to check out anything we eat that is not cooked in our kitchen from its natural form. Processed foods and even their packaging have had a huge impact on people's health so we need to highlight the issues and help each other pay attention.

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      nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      It seems as if there is something wrong with everything that we eat nowadays. However, I'm not surprised by the information in your hub about the artificial sweetners, there are plenty of side effects to using these man made sweetners in our food. No wonder America is sick!!!!!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      missolive:

      Thanks kindly. The topic of insomnia is important and solutions for it are especially important to sufferers. So appreciate your hub on tart cherry juice and that you linked this to it.

      New information on artificial sweeteners continues to be revealed by researchers. I'm glad you are exploring best options for sweeteners--agave is a great one!

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub. I too believe many artificial sugars and preservatives are making us very sick. It is the one common denominator that we as a people have..We eat alot of foods that have this harmful products in it. We are seeing more cancers, odd rashes, and unexplainable things in our health. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.I use Stevia but recently read to be careful in which kind I buy..as if it looks like sugar it is not in its natural form so I am going to grow mine for the first time. Thank you again..

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Truly insightful information here. Who knew?!

      I have been trying different sweeteners and I'm starting to like agave. I'm bookmarking this hub under my healthy hubs file.

      I want to thank you for including my tart cherry juice hub. I greatly appreciate it. I'm going to add a link to your hub as well. The information you have presented here needs to be shared.

      Voted up! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      The studies of artificial sweeteners continue to become more interesting. Just the comments in hubs like this give other people a heads up. So glad you have helped highlight the topic. Thanks much for your input!

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      RTalloni, This is very interesting information. I think your instincts are correct - if there are concerns about aspartame by medical professionals, if many people's experiences send up warning flags, and if establishes sources warn about this product, then common sense tells you to stay away. Voting up and interesting.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      That could be the reason according to reports. From what I read it could overrule all the natural herbs that might help you rest, such as camomile and catnip.

      I'm not sure there is any time of day that is safe to consume aspartame!

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      Stacie L 6 years ago

      I was in the habit of eating Activia light at night and didn't realize it had aspartame so many that's one reason I couldn't sleep? :/

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hello Storytellersrus! So glad you found this hub to be timely. :) I'm not giving up sweet leaf (stevia) but I am now looking twice at the different sweet leaf products and actually want to do some research on the potential problems with the processed brands. I'm not convinced that there are any problems with it, however we know it pays to check, don't we. I would like to do a hub on just that, but will not likely get to it any time soon. If you do one please let me know so I can link it here.

      Thanks bunches for joining this dialogue!

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      RT, I appreciate your approach to answering questions, as I am of similar ilk! I also appreciate your linking me to the Stevia hub, as I did not know there were concerns about this "natural" sweetener, sigh. I do like my raw sugar packets most and have read that of all the sugars, this is the best one. Though the articles I read indicated that sugar was sugar and there was really no difference, which makes me wonder if they were talking calories or bleach! Anyway, I am headed to the Stevia hub to see if I need to remove that idea from my brain- I am currently out, so this hub couldn't have come at a better time. Thanks! Voted up.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      "...avoid as much artificial anything as possible..." is great life motto!

      Thank you kindly for your visit and comments.

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      I consider these artificial sweeteners to likely be very toxic and unhealthy. I make it a general rule to avoid as much artificial anything as possible, actually. You've given very useful information here and some reasonable alternatives that I think people would be well served to look into. Great hub!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Not many docs will warn people against the sugar substitutes. I'm glad yours did!

      Thanks for stopping in with your input.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      My doctor told me to stay away from the substitutes because of suspicion of links to breast cancer. I'm glad you have a good pediatrician, they make life easier.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad this was helpful to you!

      In this day and time it's ridiculously easy to do enough research to give us a good idea of what direction to go when we need to know about something like this, but it's amazing how many people don't bother. Those of us who like research get to write hubs. :)

      Appreciate your visit and input very much!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I like your enthusiasim for research. Danette and I are the same way. We get a hunch about something and investigate it.

      Interesting info. I hadn't considered the artificial sweetner link and insomnia-although I do not use art. sweet. myself. I do have many patients that use it and will pass the info on.

      I was thinking that there must be a stimulant factor in there if it is causing wakefullness. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much, Prasetio. So glad this was helpful to you. Very much appreciate that you visited and commented.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had no idea about this. But you share something useful for us. I learn much from you. Thank you very much. Rated up!

      Prasetio

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks much for your input. Appreciate your stopping by.

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I found that interesting that the brain becomes excited with artificial sweeteners. That sure could be a reason for insomnia. Fascinating research. I voted up and helpful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping in and joining this conversation. Appreciate you visit very much!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting article. Artificial sweetner are indeed something to be avaided. The side effects are frightening. And yet some doctors are still telling people to use them. Wonderful hub it got the old brain thinking. Rated up and useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Some of us are more sensitive to a little of this or that, such as caffeine, others not so much. Many people can use artificial sweeteners with no apparent side effects until a health issue pops up that can be linked to them. If your husband ever goes off the artificial sweeteners it would be interesting to hear whether he has the typical withdrawal symptoms.

      Yet, if we allow ourselves to be pigeon holed and treated by modern medicine in an assembly line fashion, we can expect to have to deal with the outcome. Being our own health detectives and getting to the root of a problem rather than seeking a quick fix is a major factor in maintaining good health. Thanks kindly for your visit and input.

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I don't use them, but not because of any particular information. While I could stand to drop maybe 30 pounds, I'm not all that concerned. I believe in the slogan, "all things in moderation," so I just go ahead and use real sugar and if I want a candy bar, I eat it.

      Ironically, I do suffer from insomnia anyway. But, I know the cause: stress!

      To add further irony, my husband does use "Splenda" in his coffee, and drinks diet sodas...but he sleeps like a baby most of the time.

      When I really need to sleep, I eat a brownie. A very special brownie. They contain a natural herbal medication--back in the day, they garnered the nickname "Alice B. Toklas brownies." ;-) It works. I sleep well, and wake refreshed with no groggy "sleep-hangover" lasting half the day, such as I get if I take either a prescription sleep aid or an OTC one such as Excedrin P.M.

      Good information, and voted up and useful. I say, we all need to be detectives in the matter of our own health, because we are all different, and modern medicine wants to pigeon-hole everyone. This points up yet another possible clue for many people.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It would be great to hear from diabetics re this topic. Thanks for mentioning it as their input would be valuable.

      Appreciate your visit and input!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      This is a very intriguing health topic. I think it might be interesting to talk to diabetics of different age groups who use artificial sweeteners regularly and learn whether it affects their sleep patterns. Thanks for researching and sharing this with us. Well done!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Well, too much sugar is bad for us, particularly the refined white (raw sugar, not so much). To say that artificial sweeteners are worse is the proverbial understatement of the year! Thanks much for stopping in and joining the dialogue.

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      Mark Bronze 6 years ago

      Sugar is bad for you or so I was told when I was young but now its not so bad after all. Artificial sweeteners are worse. Nice hub!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks bunches, ChatKath. I need to check your sleep hubs and return the link favor. :)

      Appreciate your visit and input very much.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Glassy:

      So appreciate you sharing your personal experience. If it weren't for all the other side-effects I would do an experiment, but I think there are enough reports available.

      Thanks much for stopping by!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Danette Watt:

      Thanks much for coming by and for sharing your kind input.

      The mere fact that the desire for these products overrules their taste is an indication to me that they are addicitive!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Great work! I appreciate the way that you investigate thoroughly since there really is so much hype out there it is hard to know what to believe anymore. It sounds like there is indeed a connection and since I have several sleep hubs I would like to link one to this - what we ingest has a huge impact on our health, including sleep! Rated up and useful!

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      Glassy 6 years ago from Aus

      I know that artificial sweeteners effect my sleep and keep me up all night. Nice Hub.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Interesting topic and well-written hub (voted up and useful).I don't use artificial sweeteners, mainly because I've never liked the taste. However, I wouldn't be surprised at all if they affect people's sleep. How can chemicals in our food NOT affect our bodies in some way? Good luck to your friends.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Ouch--I'm sorry for you and I hope you are able to kick the habit.

      Thanks kindly for stopping in.

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      Pamela Sarzana 6 years ago from northern Indiana

      Well I dropped the "artifical sweetner" in my morning coffee. But..I am hooked on the diet"Dew" ...Mibad

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It's a fun plant to surprise people with as they walk through my garden.

      "Here, give this a taste," I say as they look at me with narrow eyes. When I pop a leaf in my mouth, they follow suit and are always amazed.

      It does not take much sweet leaf at all to sweeten a drink. Brewing one crushed leaf with my tea is enough!

      Appreciate your visit and input very much.

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      drkathleenfuller 6 years ago from 322 SW Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida 34994

      Thanks for the article- I love growing Stevia. I have found I don't need very much Stevia to sweeten my green tea.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Marie Brannon:

      So appreciate your visit and kind comments. Thanks for stopping by!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      iZeko:

      Thanks kindly. So glad you mentioned your hub on diet products making us fat. That's two more I want to link here.

      The sheer number of problems linked to artificial sweeteners is stunning.

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      Marie Brannon 6 years ago

      Your investigative approach is impressive, and the way you explained it was awesome!

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      iZeko 6 years ago

      Nice job! I won’t be surprised if those two are linked. I also did a lot of research on artificial sweeteners and read about so many effects they have on us, including the effect on the brain that you mention. I can’t say if everything I read is true or not but I’m sure about one thing – they mess up the blood pH and the hormones. And that’s serious enough. I wrote a hub about that called “How Do Diet Products Make You Fat”.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      If you do go off the artificial sweeteners and have any noticeable withdrawal effects it would be helpful to hear about the experience.

      Thanks again for your visit!

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      Yes, you're right! I am also a coffee lover but I try not to drink it late at night. I also buy caffeine lite. Thanks for the tips.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      SusieQ42:

      There are various reasons a person can suffer from insomnia which could be a temporary or a long-standing condition, and you might like to explore the variety of solutions for those different reasons.

      I am sorry to hear that you are using the artificial sweeteners and I hope you will do some research on their side-effects. Withdrawal isn't easy, but it would be worth it.

      Yes, menopause can bring on insomnia, but caffeine and food additives, including the artificial sweeteners, aggravate all menopause symptoms. There are far more important reasons to eliminate artificial sweeteners from our foods though, and there are healthy choices that are readily available, such as raw sugar, agave, honey, and sweet leaf (stevia) which anyone can easily grow for their own use.

      Appreciate your visit very much.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      BK Creative:

      You are absolutely right. NCI's information on cancer and artificial sweeteners is enough give a person nightmares. Neither the sides effects nor the withdrawal symptoms are pleasant, but people don't realize that the stuff is harmful and addictive.

      Thanks for the heads up about your insomnia info. Appreciate that you came by with your input.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Jo_Goldsmith:

      Saying no to sweeteners isn't always easy, but it is important. Thanks much for stopping in with your input!

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      I use artificial sweeteners in my coffee everyday. I do suffer from insomnia but I blame it on my 5 years work-at-night experience and my husband's crazy work schedule. (he gets up at 1:30 AM to get ready for work, and I'm always awake knowing the alarm clock is going to go off!) Also, did you know that menopause is one of the causes of insomnia?

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Even if they did not keep us awake at night - the horror of what these chemicals do to us is enough to keep us awake by fear.

      Please, let's be healthy once again and responsible for our health. Artificial sweeteners are not about making us healthy they are about profit.

      I have friends with eyesight being destroyed. I remember reading about diet sodas affecting the eyes. I passed that info on and every single person was drinking diet sods. Once they stopped - eyesight improved. How can toxic chemicals ever be food for our health?

      By the way once you get rid of the chemicals there are totally natural ways to fight insomnia. I wrote a hub about lettuce tea and how it can gently put you to sleep. I found the info in a 40 year old herbal book - but recently I have come across a lot more info about lettuce tea and its sedative benefits. I tried it - it works. I used organic romaine. We need our sleep!

      Thanks for a very important hub! Yay - and rated up of course!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      I try to steer clear of artificial sweeteners. I try not to use sugar either. It's not good for the teeth or the system. I have finally been able to cut my sugar in my coffee down to one tsp. This was a real challenge. Great hub here.