Lack of Sleep and Hair Loss

man having trouble sleepingMany of us know that stress plays a role in hair thinning or hair loss. Specifically, telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss associated with high stress where a high number of hair follicles on your scalp end up being pushed into the resting phase together, which results in a disproportionately large amount of hair to shed or fall out together resulting in noticeable hair thinning.

We also attribute a lack of sleep – as well as insomnia—at least in part to stress. In addition to stress being a factor in hair thinning or hair loss, can lack of sleep alone play a role in it?

Can Lack of Sleep Cause Hair Thinning or Loss?

Sleep is important to us all for many reasons. If it weren’t important, we wouldn’t need to do it every day. Your body produces the hormones you need to function while you are sleeping… specifically human growth hormones. Since that is when your body is producing hormones, less sleep provides less time for hormone production and as a result, will lower your hormone levels.

Additionally, interrupted sleep will impact your body’s ability to produce hormones as it requires full sleep cycles to do so. If you find yourself unable to get a good night’s sleep and wake up multiple times during the night, you are not only going to be affecting hormone production but also add stress to your body that can increase the probability of telogen effluvium related hair thinning or hair loss.

Is Sleep Important For Hair Growth?

The importance of sleep cannot be understated in multiple areas of our lives. There is a reason we associate people being grumpy with not getting enough sleep. Poor sleeping habits affect our moods, calorie consumption, productivity, concentration, and more.

Additionally, getting a good night of sleep has a positive impact on your hair growth. Proper rest allows the body to function correctly – which means your body is producing melatonin that can promote healthy hair growth.

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Hair Thinning or Loss?

Yes, sleep apnea can contribute to hair thinning or loss. As mentioned earlier, interrupted sleep prevents the body from completing full sleep cycles and adds additional stress to the body. Sleep apnea can interrupt your sleep and cause stress as well.

A study has been done specifically on sleep apnea and how it may affect hair thinning and/or hair loss in men. The study revealed that while men who were not predisposed to male pattern baldness had little to no additional hair loss as a result of sleep apnea, those who were predisposed had a significantly higher chance of hair loss related to their sleep apnea. While correlation does not prove causation, it is an interesting result and can show what stresses to the body can also do to your hair.

Contact RHRLI To Get Your Natural Hair Back For Good

Whether your hair loss is a result of stress, chronic sleeping problems, or just an unavoidable genetic predisposition, we are here to help. We provide both surgical and non-surgical hair restoration services. Our state-of-the-art facility uses the ARTAS® robotic hair transplant system for precise results and faster healing that will get you back to your day-today life quickly. Let us help you get your natural hair back for good. Get your free consultation!

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