Sleeping and diabetes, sleep and diabetes, diabetes and sleep

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any of us heave a

sigh of relief as the

days get longer,

temperatures

climb and

the opportunity to spend more time

outdoors after winter's hibernation

makes a welcome return. But, for some

of us, spring and summer can be a

mixed blessing as hay fever kicks in and

summer's record temperatures threaten to

put a full night's sleep beyond our grasp.

Read on for tips to help ease hay fever

symptoms and keep your cool between

the sheets.

Last year's sustained high

temperatures certainly made it a summer

to remember. In fact, the summer of

2018, according to the Met Office,

was the warmest since 2006, sunniest

since 1995 - and the driest since 2003.

That, together with last spring's mix of

extended wintry weather (seeing snow

in March), as well as some significant

rainfall and spells of sunshine, resulted

in a high pollen count. All this can make

for uncomfortable, sleepless nights. But,

there are ways to help you get that much

needed shut eye, come the spring and

summer, so it's worth thinking ahead to

what might help.

Help with hay fever

Irritated, watering eyes, sneezing and a

runny, itchy or blocked nose… Coping

with hay fever (or seasonal allergic rhinitis,

as it's also known) symptoms caused by

pollen can be a case of trial and error,

as you try to find the best combination

of treatments to help you get through

the days and nights. Nasal congestion,

caused by hay fever, can make it hard to

breathe, especially at night - leaving you

foggy headed and exhausted during the

day. Night after night of poor sleep as a

result of hay fever can impact on life at

home and work.

Some people also suffer from these

symptoms all year round, triggered by

house dust mites, moulds, animal fur or

bird feathers.

Alongside any other treatments you're

using for hay fever, including natural

remedies, you could try these tips to help

you keep pollen at bay - for better days

and nights:

• When you're out and about, wear

wraparound sunglasses to help keep

pollen from sticking to your eyelashes and

out of your eyes.

• Apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline), or a

nasal barrier balm, just inside the nostrils,

which can help to stop pollen from

sticking to the lining of your nose.

• When you've spent the day outdoors,

pollen can stick to your skin, hair and

eyelashes - particularly if the pollen count

is high. So, it's a good idea to wash your

face and hands regularly during the day,

as well as having a shower and changing

your clothes when you get back indoors.

• Showering before bed, too, can help

to remove pollen from hair, eyelashes

and your skin, preventing it sticking to

your bedding. And, if the weather isn't

too uncomfortably warm, a hot, steamy

shower can help to clear your sinuses.

Changing in a separate room, leaving

your clothes elsewhere, can help prevent

introducing pollen into your bedroom.

• Keeping your bedroom clean is

important, too, as it can help you prevent

dust mites and allergens, such as pollen,

from building up. Hoovering regularly and

dusting with a damp cloth, so that pollen

is effectively taken up off surfaces rather

than spread around the room even further,

can help.

• If it's cool enough, keep your windows

and doors closed to avoid as much pollen

as possible settling in your bedroom -

particularly during periods when the pollen

count is at its highest. Obviously, keeping

windows closed can be a challenge in the

hotter weather (see, 'Beating the heat',

below), but keeping the pollen out can

help to minimise your symptoms so you

get a better night's sleep.

• Hang any bedding and nightwear up

to dry on an airer indoors to avoid them

picking up pollen. As frustrating as this

can be when it's good weather for drying

your washing quickly outside, this can

help you keep your bedroom more of a

pollen free zone.

Beat the heat

Summer is a perfect time to make the

most of the warmer weather to spend

days and evenings outdoors with friends

and family. And, with long, hot summers,

like the one we had in the UK last year

(2018), it's tempting to burn the candle at

both ends, getting out of our usual sleep

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