Many men live by the "work hard, play hard" ethos with little care for the possible ramifications. Lack of quality sleep, not enough sleep and sleep deprivation can have numerous negative consequences for a persons’ physical and emotional health.
Sleep is important for optimal daily performance and healthy brain function, including emotional well being and overall physical health. Lack of sleep reduces the body’s ability for normal cellular function and regeneration, and promotes increased stress on the body.
In this article we look at the impact of sleep deficiency and its potential to cause hair loss.
How Lack of Sleep Impacts The Body
When we sleep, our body repairs, restores, regenerates and rebalances. The impact of sleep deprivation on the human body can be likened to trying to grow a healthy plant without sunlight. The more restful the sleep we achieve, the better we function and feel. Brain function, emotional wellness and hormone levels are all negatively impacted by lack of sleep.
Can Lack of Sleep Contribute to Hair Loss?
Either directly or indirectly, insufficient sleep can interrupt the hair growth cycle, which in turn can lead to thinning and hair loss. Healthy hair growth requires sufficient sleep for hair follicle cell turnover and regeneration.
As lack of sleep causes higher levels of stress, both physically and emotionally, the risk of telogen effluvium increases. Telogen effluvium is a reversible type of hair loss when hair falls following a stressful experience. The stress triggers a large number of hair follicles into the resting phase of the hair growth cycle.
The stress caused by insufficient sleep may also trigger the beginning of genetically-influenced hair loss such as male pattern baldness. This progressive type of hair loss causes the hair to thin and recede in a predictive pattern. The only permanent solution to male pattern baldness is hair transplantation where “donor” hair follicles are transplanted from the back and sides of the scalp to the balding and thinning areas.
The most refined and least invasive form of hair transplant is the DHI microsurgery technique that leaves no signs of procedure (no scarring) and guarantees a 100% natural result.
The importance of getting enough sleep cannot be understated, however sleep and stress typically only play a small part when a person is suffering from thinning or loss of hair. If you are concerned about your hair loss, the first step is to get a correct diagnosis from a DHI hair loss expert.
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