We know moodiness and lack of concentration can be side effects of lack of sleep but does lack of sleep cause hair loss, and if so, why? We’re finding out the answers, and seeing if a good dose of sleep can be enough to provide you with a healthy head of hair.
It’s a well-known fact that male pattern baldness, certain types of medicine and some illnesses can cause hair loss, but what else can cause your hair to fall out? Well, if you’re not letting your body get enough sleep, you’re inviting in a whole load of problems. Lack of sleep and stress go hand in hand, with the body not getting the right amount of time to recharge and support the body.
A little bit of stress isn’t great for the body but won’t be enough to make your hair start falling out, so if you’ve have a week or two of bad sleep, you shouldn’t notice a difference in your hair. If, however, you suffer from insomnia and have had months without properly resting your body this can result in high and constant levels of stress, which can lead to telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium is when stress effects the hair roots causing them to move into the resting state of their cycle. This causes thinning and in rare instances temporary bald patches. Although the condition can be caused by the stress from lack of sleep, people tend to get the condition after a particularly traumatising situation, with the hair weakening and falling out up to three months after the event.
Although it can be distressing, telogen effuvium is usually only temporary, and once you’re back into a proper sleep cycle, or you’ve worked through your trauma, your hair should begin to grow again. This might take a few weeks but, with consistent care, you’ll soon have a head of healthy hair again. So, in answer to the question, does stress make your hair fall out, the answer is, yes, but only if you’re suffering from a lot of stress over an extended period of time.
So we know that acute stress can lead to hair loss, what else can lack of sleep cause? Well, when you’re asleep your body stocks up on electrolytes, recharges and, in simple terms, just sorts itself out. Lack of sleep will ultimately cause an effect on the immune system, and this leads to all sorts of issues. You might notice your skin dulls, your nails weaken and yes, your hair begins to thin.
Again, a week or so of insomnia shouldn’t cause this, but long term trouble sleeping can cause a lot of strain on your body, so it’s important to find a way to get the rest you need. A temporary solution if you really can’t get to sleep is to at least make sure you’re taking vitamins daily to look after your body as best you can.
Tips for a Better Nights Sleep
- Stick to a sleep schedule – This helps regulate your body clock.
- Make sure your sleep environment is a peaceful one – a messy or cluttered room can negatively affect your sleep.
- Try and wind down before you sleep – Shut off your electronics, don’t check social media and allow your body to relax.
- Use your bed only for sleep and sex – don’t work, write, watch TV, ect.
- Avoid caffeine, sugar and heavy meals before you sleep – you’ll just be waking up your body and increasing the risk of indigestion.
On That Note
Lots of things can cause hair loss, from medication to good old male pattern baldness, but sometimes the biggest culprits are the ones we didn’t even think about in the first place. Give your bed a bit more of your attention, and try to allow yourself the rest you need.
If you work long hours try to add in some extra sleep on your days off. Sleep in, go to bed early, or just finally take some of that holiday leave and let yourself unwind a bit. Your body, and your hair, will thank you for it.
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