You probably already know that not getting enough sleep at night can have negative effects on your health. But can it cause hair loss? Read on 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 heals itself from the inside out. When you’re not getting enough sleep, your body needs to prioritize your key components for repair. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t consider hair to be essential (even if we think it’s very essential!). So if you don’t get enough sleep, the cells in your hair follicles won’t be able to regenerate properly.
- Your hair follicles need enough sleep to make new proteins for your hair. The hair is made up of protein. Without adequate sleep, hair growth can suffer. Slowed hair growth means your follicles are unable to replace hair that is shed as part of the natural growth cycle. Over time, this can lead to hair loss.
- During sleep, your body releases hormones and enzymes that are necessary for regular hair growth. Lack of sleep means your body is not making enough of these hormones and enzymes.
- Lack of sleep can also increase stress levels, which can contribute to hair loss.
Fight against sleep deprivation hair loss
The solution? More sleep, of course! Here are some pointers to help you rest your beauty:
- Keep your room cool. Most sleep experts recommend a temperature of around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take a melatonin supplement like Viviscal Hair Therapy Beauty Rest.
- Keep your room as dark as possible. Cover up the electronics (like an alarm clock) and use blackout curtains.
- Set a bedtime that will allow you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
- Maintain constant sleep and wake-up times even on the weekends.
- Avoid caffeine after lunch.
- Do not nap longer than 30 minutes during the day.
- Keep your room quiet. If you prefer, you can use a white noise machine or fan to drown out outside noise.
- Avoid looking at your phone or other tech device at least an hour before bed.
- Avoid large meals before bed. If you’re hungry, have a light snack.
- Avoid alcohol before bed.
- Exercising during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night, but don’t exercise just before bed.
- Establish a relaxing bedtime to signal your body that it is time to go to sleep. For example, you can meditate, write a diary or listen to quiet music.
- Additionally, eating a nutritious diet can help mitigate some of the harmful effects of sleep deprivation on your hair. Try Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements to fully support your hair follicles.
Viviscal offers a clinically proven solution for men and women suffering from fine or thinning hair to achieve thicker, fuller, healthier hair in 3 to 6 months *. Viviscal contains key hair-loving ingredients like biotin, zinc, vitamin C, iron and niacin, as well as AminoMarTM, a proprietary marine complex found exclusively in Viviscal supplements.
In clinical studies, women saw a 32% increase in terminal hair count and a nearly 40% decrease in hair loss / loss in just 3 months. As part of a healthy lifestyle (including getting more sleep!), Viviscal may promote healthier, thicker hair.
Do you have any tips for getting more sleep that we haven’t listed here? Let us know in the comments section below!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
+ Ablon, G .; Dermacol Res Pract., 2015