Hair loss and sleep deprivation appear to be equally universal problems but are they related? Sleep plays an important role in allowing the body to repair and regenerate and hair growth can be influenced by a number of factors. Is it coincidence that 80% of men and 40% of women experience hair loss and one in four of us suffers from some form of sleep problem?
Alterations in sleeping patterns have been shown to affect the body’s immune function, hormone secretion, and physical and mental stamina. The hair is very sensitive to changes within the body, and hairloss is nearly always the consequence of an internal disturbance.
“Stress can indeed cause hair loss, particularly diffuse hair loss and telogen effluvium,” says Leonora Doclis, senior trichologist at the Belgravia Centre. During such times and along with other proven treatments, specific hair growth boosters can provide hair with much needed nutrients and support for optimum hair health and growth .
However, stress can also trigger the onset of hereditary hair loss and accelerate its progression. “In those susceptible to male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss, stress can instigate, accelerate and aggravate the problem,” Leonora says.
Some people get along just fine on three to four hours of sleep a night without stress while others cannot cope if their eight hours a night is disturbed over a prolonged period of time. Daytime fatigue and emotional stress are the most commonly reported symptoms of sleep deprivation and stress. A lot of people who do not get adequate sleep are stressed.
“Sleep deprivation is a form of stress, a terrible form of stress,”Leonora says. But hair loss can also be a stressful experience in itself. Hair loss treatment programs for sleep or stress-induced hair loss should be individually tailored and designed to address every aspect of hair loss.
Stress and lack of sleep go hand in hand. Whatever may be the cause – change of job schedules, heavy workload, family problems – sleep gets hampered under such conditions and in an indirect way you could say that lack of sleep can and indeed does cause hair loss.
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For a free consultation with a hair loss professional, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. Alternatively, for those who lead a hectic life or can’t get to the centre, the online diagnostic form is available so whatever your location or lifestyle, you don’t have to lose sleep over hair loss.