We all know about the importance of sleep, but who would guess that sleep also affects hair health! Sleeping Beauty may end up with bed head, but at least she has hair that is more vibrant, nourished, and healthy.
If you’re experiencing hair loss and it’s been a long time since you remembered getting a prolonged period of sleep, it’s possible the two are connected. Sleep deprivation has a serious impact on the body and can absolutely affect your hair growth cycle.
Let’s get into the science on the connection between sleeping and hair loss.
A good night’s sleep is powerful when it comes to hair growth.
This is because restorative sleep helps balance key hormones like cortisol, growth hormone, and melatonin. These hormones all play vital roles in maintaining healthy hair, skin and nails. Human growth hormone, for example, which is made predominantly while we sleep, builds and repairs tissues and has an effect on hair cells at the root to promote healthy growth. If you want healthy hair follicles, you have to make your sleep cycle a priority.
Melatonin has a similar effect, and elevated levels of cortisol due to lack of sleep can conversely cause miniaturization of hair follicles and hair loss. In other words, poor sleep can stunt hair growth.
Now that you understand how sleep influences the human body's natural hormones, and how those hormones thus affect hair health, let’s get into some tips for how you can get enough sleep.
One of the best things you can do for your wellness (and therefore your hair!) is to build out a sleep routine. These can be tough to stick to but the positive benefits for your health are expansive. Many factors impact our ability to fall and stay asleep, so it’s good to approach the subject from multiple angles.
Here are some tips for how to ensure you get on a proper sleep schedule.
Although this may seem like an extensive list, choosing strategies that work best for you would be a great place to start!
From your brain function to your hair’s growth cycles, there’s no part of our wellbeing that sleep doesn’t touch. Poor sleep can lead to or exacerbate high blood pressure, memory loss, skin problems, hair loss, and thinning hair. So take a cue from Sleeping Beauty and make sure you’re getting restful sleep every night.
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