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Is Sleep Important for Hair Growth?

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Modern life is hectic and stressful. Sleep deficits are far too common as we try to get everything done. Doctors have been sounding warnings about how lack of sleep affects health, but does that include hair growth?

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Hair to Fall Out?

The short answer is yes, but it’s complicated. A lack of sleep can lower your hormone levels. While you’re sleeping, your body is producing human growth hormone. If you aren’t sleeping enough to have full sleep cycles or your sleep cycles are getting interrupted causing you to wake up throughout the night, then you might not be producing enough human growth hormones. A lack of sleep can also create stress on your body which increases your chance of telogen effluvium, a significant, albeit potentially temporary, loss of hair on your scalp.

Does Anesthesia Make You Lose Hair?

While some doctors believe there might be a link, the correlation does not prove causation and only a limited amount of research has been done regarding this issue. Anesthesia can slow down cellular division which can adversely affect your hair follicles. This has the potential to also cause telogen effluvium, which again is potentially temporary hair loss though it could still be significant.

The surgery you’re under anesthesia for may have a stronger correlation to potential hair loss. While your body is in a more relaxed state during the surgery under anesthesia, depending on the length and severity of the recovery time, your body and mind may be under significantly heightened levels of stress which could accelerate the risk of hair loss.

Is Sleep Important for Hair Growth?

Let’s move away from the negative and focus on the positive! Proper sleep is important for your hair. Beyond affecting your ability to produce adequate amounts of human growth hormone, sleeping helps with your production of melatonin which has been linked to hair growth.

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Thinning Hair?

Sleep apnea can cause thinning hair, yes. The reasoning is very similar to how a lack of sleep can hair loss as it affects hormone levels. A study was done specifically on how sleep apnea affects hair loss and thinning in men and the results were interesting. While the study showed that sleep apnea had a negligible effect on men that weren’t predisposed to male pattern baldness, it did show that those who were predisposed were highly likely to suffer from hair thinning or loss correlated to the sleep apnea.

Are You Worried About Thinning Hair? Contact Us!

Concerned you may be showing signs of male pattern baldness? Experiencing troubling hair loss and unsure why? Your questions and concerns can be addressed in a free consultation. AT RHRLI, our state-of-the-art facility uses the ARTAS® robot for precise results and faster healing.

You can visit us at our Long Island location in Jericho or at our midtown Manhattan office. Contact us today.

Facts About Traction Alopecia

Traction AlopeciaAlopecia is the medical term for hair loss, but it can come in many forms. The most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which is more commonly known as male (or female) pattern baldness. Another very common form of hair loss is traction alopecia, which means hair loss as a result of tight hairstyles that pull on the scalp. Traction alopecia is reversible if it doesn’t go on too long, but it can become permanent if the signs are neglected or ignored. [Read more…] about Facts About Traction Alopecia

Psychology and Hair Loss

happy smiling man with full head of hair giving a thumbs upLooking your best is integral to your confidence and self-esteem. When hair loss occurs, it can have a negative impact on how you see yourself. We are conditioned to see a full head of hair as healthy, luxurious, and youthful. Hair also helps us express something about our personalities: Through styling and coloring, we’re able to express ourselves. As we age, we can choose to keep a distinguished gray or white, or cover it up with hair dye. [Read more…] about Psychology and Hair Loss

What You Don’t Know About Cancer and Hair Loss

Woman with hair loss from chemotherapyAfter male/female pattern hair loss, cancer is a very well-known reason for hair loss. But is it really? What people think they know about cancer and hair loss isn’t always based on facts, and there’s much the average person doesn’t know but should. So, let’s start unraveling the myths and filling in those gaps. [Read more…] about What You Don’t Know About Cancer and Hair Loss

What You Can Do to Slow Hair Loss

Man noticing hair lossNo one wants to experience hair loss but the sooner you start addressing it, the better the results you can have. If you start to notice thinning hair, a widening hair part or signs of a receding hairline, here are nine steps you can take to slow your hair loss. [Read more…] about What You Can Do to Slow Hair Loss

Bariatric Surgery and Hair Loss

Bariatric Surgery and Hair LossThere are many reasons why RHRLI treats hair loss, and one reason is related to obesity. Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the obesity rate among adults is 39.8 percent or about 93.3 million Americans. Obesity boosts a patient’s chances of having heart disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes. As of 2008, the last year we have statistics for, obesity costs the US $147 billion. [Read more…] about Bariatric Surgery and Hair Loss

Wrestling with Cancer and Hair Loss

Cancer and Hair LossA cancer diagnosis involving you or a loved one creates powerful emotions. It can be numbing, it can cause great sorrow, and sometimes it will trigger great anger. Coping with cancer means that your life is going to change in many different ways. One particularly difficult part of a cancer diagnosis is anticipating the hair loss that’s a common side effect of cancer treatment. RHRLI specializes in hair restoration and we know how difficult it is for cancer patients who are struggling with a terrible disease and its side effects. [Read more…] about Wrestling with Cancer and Hair Loss

Hair Loss and Self Confidence

Hair Loss and Self Confidence

It’s one of the top reasons that patients come to Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island. Hair loss brings up difficult feelings for those who suffer from it. Thinning hair can affect your self confidence and the research bears this out. According to a study of men in five European countries, over 70 percent of men reported that hair is an important feature of image, while 62 percent of men said that hair loss can affect self esteem or self confidence. At RHRLI, we know there’s a strong connection between hair loss and self-image, which is why we offer a revolutionary minimally invasive permanent solution for your hair loss.

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5 Common Hair Loss Myths

Does that really cause hair loss?!?

Hair loss can be difficult enough without having to deal with misinformation. People who are losing their hair often deal with negative feelings and lack of self-esteem because of their condmition. It can be hard to take the first steps towards finding a permanent solution, but it can be complicated by all of the information and the myths out there. At RHRLI, we have the best permanent solution to hair loss you can find. It’s called the ARTAS® System and it uses robotic technology to give you a minimally invasive hair transplant.

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Coronavirus Safety

We at RHRLI have decided to do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 by briefly closing our office.
We are still available to answer questions. We are also doing complimentary phone and virtual consultations.
None of our patients or staff team have had any symptoms nor have they tested positive. We will reopen on April 20th, depending upon circumstances at that time.
We appreciate your understanding and look forward to helping you achieve your hair restoration goals for the upcoming summer!

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