How lack of sleep affects your hair

Sleep is just as vital as food and exercise for staying healthy. A good sleep routine enhances your memory, mood and overall health. Many diseases and problems are increased when people do not get enough good sleep regularly. Even a little sleep disruption can weaken your body and mind, resulting in memory loss, mood disorders, depression, and eating disorders. Sleep deprivation is linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, skin disorders and weight gain. Simultaneously, a person's immune system is weakened by not obtaining enough sleep. 

An average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Work schedules, daily worries, and medical issues can all make it difficult to get enough sleep. A balanced diet and excellent living choices might help you get enough sleep each night, but chronic sleep deprivation may be the first indicator of a sleeping disorder for some people. 

Is sleep important for healthy hair? 

Poor sleep quality causes a variety of health problems, including stress, skin problems, low energy and a weak immune system. Lack of sleep can cause hormone imbalances. Human growth hormone is produced by your body when you sleep. You may not be creating enough human growth hormones if you aren't sleeping enough to have a full sleep cycle or if your sleep cycle is being distributed. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the human body. Researchers have demonstrated that this hormone regulates the sleep cycle and promotes hair growth. While sleep has a direct impact on the human body's natural hormones, inadequate sleep reduces melatonin levels, which could lead to hair loss. 

Lack of sleep can also cause stress in your body, increasing your risk of telogen effluvium, a severe but potentially temporary hair loss on your scalp. The skin's prolonged ability to function properly can be harmed by a prolonged stress response, which can have a direct impact on the hair follicle. During a stress response, the release of hormones, neurotransmitters, and cytokines can have a major impact on hair growth. Stress appears to have a substantial impact on hair follicles and the hair growth cycle, which can contribute to unhealthy hair growth and hair loss. 


The significance of sleep can not be overstated, the studies suggest that a lack of sleep may contribute to hair loss or thinning, with the key reason being the stress. However, sleep and stress play a minor role in hair loss. Overuse of styling equipment, as well as environmental factors, are the major reasons for hair loss. So don't be frustrated if your sleep has improved but your hair loss hasn't. If changing your sleep quality doesn't help, it's important to schedule an appointment with your doctor to learn the true cause of your hair loss and receive medical guidance.