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By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Allergy season is here and for those of you who suffer from allergies, you probably think you know all of the symptoms. Well you might be missing one.

Allergy sufferers don’t just have sniffles and sneezes, they lose sleep and, perhaps more importantly, they lose quality sleep.

Deep sleep is affected by this condition. We already know that good diet, plenty of exercise and uninterrupted sleep are key and, in fact, sleep may play a bigger role than earlier thought.

According to a well-known University of Chicago study, a lack of sleep can affect the blood sugar and diabetics who do not get enough sleep actually have a more difficult time controlling their blood sugar.

You just can’t underestimate it. And just think – something as simple as an allergic reaction.

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