Sleep Deprivation and Hair Loss

Hair loss and sleep deprivation are two equally major and common problems. Sleep plays an important role in the recovery and maintenance of body functions and growth. When you fight your body’s natural urge to go to bed, you’re signing yourself up for exhaustion, and a long list of beauty and health problems.   Here are a few of the common issues that are noticed: skin conditions, excessive hair shedding, and even damage to your teeth. Dr. Harold Lancer said “Sleep is the body’s time to regenerate, repair, and re-balance hormones, which are in great fluctuation for ages 12-21”.

Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle. Studies have found that melatonin has a direct effect on sleep and hair growth; topical melatonin is believed to show improvements in hair growth, which means that a decrease in melatonin could eventually lead to hair loss.

Therefore sleep deprivation can affect overall health and may lead to eventual thinning of hair or major hair loss. Around 80% of men and 40% of women experience hair loss around the world. “Sleep is important for protein synthesis of your hair, as well as proper release of the growth hormone and other hormones,” says Dr. Francesca Fusco.

Alterations in sleeping patterns have shown major improvements in the body’s immune function, hormone secretion, and physical and mental stamina. Human hair is very sensitive to changes within the body, and hair loss is almost always the consequence of an internal health problem.

Stress is one of the major reasons behind hair loss as well as sleep deprivation. Therefore, stress can trigger genetic hair loss and can result in poor hair health.

Every human body has different sleep needs some people are fine on three to four hours of sleep a day without stress while others need eight hours of sleep a night and still feel exhausted. Daytime exhaustion and emotional stress are the most common symptoms of sleep deprivation. A lot of people who do not get enough sleep feel stressed due to an imbalanced production of the stress balancing hormone, namely cortisol.

Hair loss can be a stressful experience in itself which adds on to the stress levels that you may be facing due to lack of sleep. This can become a vicious cycle very quickly unless maintained wisely. Tailored programs for sleep or stress-induced hair loss should be made and designed in a way that it treats both the problems individually. Stress and lack of sleep go hand in hand. Whatever may be the cause behind stress and sleep deprivation– change of job schedules, heavy workload, family problems – it can quickly lead to other health problems such as sleep disorders, hair loss and at times, heart disease.

What must be done in order to take good care of your hair and keeping them healthy?

  • Having a well-balanced diet that includes a high protein portion is extremely important as protein helps develop the growth hormone of the body which in turn strengthens hair follicles.


  • Using shampoos that target both the hair and scalp. The quantity of shampoo that you use is also very important – make sure to only use enough shampoo that it covers just the scalp.


  • Meditation has been proven to be an effective way of ridding yourself of unnecessary stress that you take on due to over exertion. Early morning yoga exercises for 20-25 minutes have proven to reduce stress levels for people who face sleep deprivation.

Adjusting your lifestyle according to these easy tips can go a long way in helping you sleep well and maintaining healthy hair!





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