Can a Lack of Sleep Cause Hair Loss? How to Sleep Better

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Without adequate sleep, it is difficult for the body to repair, regenerate, and promote hair growth. Insomnia (also called sleep deprivation) may disrupt your physical and emotional health

Without adequate sleep, it is difficult for the body to repair, regenerate, and promote hair growth. Insomnia (also called sleep deprivation) may disrupt your physical and emotional health. Your hair is susceptible to changes in the body. This sensitivity forms the basis for which hair loss will occur.

Lack of sleep is one of the main reasons why we experience physical and emotional stress especially when there is no visible trace of hard labour or tasking activity. When the body is without adequate sleep, it becomes difficult for it to absorb nutrients. When the body’s required supply of nutrients is cut short, it becomes difficult to maintain health. Thus, leaving the body with a weakened immune system, loss of hair sheen and thickness, receding hairline and a generally unhealthy hair.

To stop hair loss caused by insomnia would ideally begin with finding ways to sleep better. Some possible routes are:

Create a healthy sleep routine

Try to sleep at a fixed time and wake up at the same time every day. Creating a routine will over time help your body adjust for the better. More sleep means improved health and ultimately, reduced or no hair loss from sleep deprivation

Exercise regularly

Exercise can send the body into a rest mode. As we expend physical energy, the body signals the brain that rest is needed and that the body needs to regenerate.

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Choose comfortable mattresses and pillows to sleep

Poorly sought-out sleep equipment such as mattresses, pillows and even blankets may not support rest/sleep.

Turn down the lights

Check for things that can cause night or suddenly bring light that may disturb your sleep. A good thing to do is to switch the lights off before hitting the bed.

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Go low on caffeine

Reduce your coffee intake to the barest minimum, as well as any other substance that contains nicotine. Both function as stimulants and thus can inhibit sleep.

Cut down on the sugars

Sugary foods and refined carbs make you hyperactive, and this doesn’t support sleep in any way especially if they were taken just before bedtime.

Don’t do late-night meals

When you eat food late into the night, the chances are that you’ll have to stay up longer waiting for the food to digest and possibly, suffer indigestion and discomfort.

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References:

https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/symptoms/hair-loss

https://www.livestrong.com/article/234332-tiredness-symptoms-hair-loss/

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.