You probably already know that not getting enough sleep at night can have negative effects on your health. But can it cause hair loss? Keep reading to learn more about the link between sleep and hair loss.
Can Lack of Sleep Cause Hair Loss?
Many factors can lead to slow hair growth and hair loss. And believe it or not, sleep is one of those factors. Why? A few reasons:
- Sleep is when your body repairs itself from the inside out. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body is forced to prioritize your most important components for repair. Unfortunately, your body considers hair to be non-essential (even if we consider it to be very essential!). So if you’re not getting enough sleep, the cells in your hair follicles won’t be able to regenerate properly.
- Your hair follicles require an adequate amount of high-quality sleep to create new proteins for your hair. Hair is made out of protein, so without enough sleep, your hair growth may suffer. Slowed hair growth means that your follicles aren’t able to replace hair that is shed as part of the natural growth cycle. Over time, this can mean thinning hair.
- During sleep, your body releases hormones and enzymes that are necessary for regular hair growth. A lack of sleep means that your body isn’t producing enough of these hormones and enzymes.
- Lack of sleep can also increase stress levels, which may contribute to hair loss.
Fighting Sleep Deprivation Hair Loss
The solution? More sleep, of course! Here are few pointers to help you get your beauty rest:
- Keep your room cool. Most sleep experts recommend a temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take melatonin. Viviscal Hair Therapy Beauty Rest contains melatonin with other nutrients.
- Keep your room as dark as possible. Cover electronics (like an alarm clock) and use blackout curtains.
- Set a bedtime that allows you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
- Stick to a consistent bedtime and wake time, even on the weekends.
- Avoid caffeine after lunchtime.
- Don’t nap for more than 30 minutes during the day.
- Keep your room quiet. If you prefer, you can use a white noise machine or a fan to drown out any outside noises.
- Avoid looking at your phone or other tech devices at least one hour before bedtime.
- Avoid large meals before bed. If you’re hungry, have a light snack.
- Avoid alcohol before bedtime.
- Exercise during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night, but don’t exercise close to bedtime.
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine to help signal to your body that it’s time to go to sleep. For example, you might meditate, journal, or listen to calm music.
- Additionally, eating a nutrient-rich diet can help to mitigate some of the harmful effects of sleep deprivation on your hair1. To support hair health, try Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements*.
Viviscal provides a clinically proven solution for men and women suffering from fine or thinning hair to achieve, thicker, fuller, and healthier looking hair in 3–6 months*. Viviscal is formulated with key hair-loving ingredients like Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Iron, and Niacin plus AminoMarTM, a proprietary marine complex found exclusively in Viviscal supplements.
In clinical studies, women saw a 32% increase in the number of terminal hairs and a nearly 40% decrease in hair shedding/loss in just 3 months+. When taken as part of a healthy lifestyle (including more sleep!) Viviscal may encourage healthier, thicker-looking hair*.
Do you have any tips for getting more sleep that we didn’t list here? Let us know in the comment section below!
+Ablon, G.; Dermatol Res Pract., 2015