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Is Hair Loss Caused By A Lack Of Sleep Permanent?

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Name: Lavanya

Question: Is hair loss from lack of sleep permanent?

Answer: Hi Lavanya, thanks for your question. Hair loss caused by a lack of sleep is rarely permanent, however, regrowth can depend upon the type of hair loss condition.

Is Sleep-Related Hair Loss Permanent ?Sleep deprivation is a form of stress and stress is known to affect hair loss. It can cause temporary hair loss conditions such as telogen effluvium, and can also exacerbate hereditary hair loss in both men and women with a genetic predisposition to androgenic alopecia.

Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss are progressive conditions where a sensitivity to the hormone DHT causes thinning hair. In women this thinning is more general, whereas in men it tends to be concentrated to specific areas around the top of the head, such as a receding hairline or a thinning crown and can deteriorate into bald patches if left untreated.

Therefore, if the underlying cause of the hair loss is androgenic alopecia (male/female pattern hair loss) this existing condition may be further aggravated by the stress caused by a lack of sleep. However, once your sleep patterns have returned to normal and the cause of your sleep disturbances has been identified and dealt with, your hair loss condition is still likely to continue as it is a permanent, progressive condition, although the rate of shedding may slow slightly. This is because the root cause of the hair loss was the genetic condition and not the stress/sleep deprivation.

If you are not susceptible to genetic hair loss, suffering from stress that is causing or contributing to your inability to sleep, may be the root cause of a temporary hair loss condition such as telogen effluvium. Telogen Effluvium can prematurely shock follicles into the resting period of the hair growth cycle, inducing unexpected hair fall. Once the stress is under control and your sleep patterns are restored, normal hair production should resume although it can take up to six months for full regrowth to become noticeable. Telogen Effluvium which continues for more than six months is known as Chronic Telogen Effluvium or Diffuse Hair Loss.

There are hair loss treatments available for female pattern hair loss as well as treatments for telogen effluvium and diffuse hair loss, to help spur on regrowth. All these treatments revolve around the pharmaceutical component, minoxidil, which is clinically-proven to treat female hair loss and has been shown to produce promising results when treating a variety of other hair loss conditions.

If you are concerned about shedding, contact a hair loss specialist who will be able to diagnose the exact cause of your hair fall and determine the most effective treatment solution to help regrow your hair.

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22nd June, 2017 at 8:51 am

S Shaikh

I have lost my 80 percent of my hair n loosing it since last 28 yrs from the age of 18 yrs. I recently was diagonised for sleep apnea. Nowadays i am using cpap machine since last one month n noticed some small thin hair growth but my hair are vry thin will all the lost hair grow, if yes then will it grow to its nat thickness.

22nd June, 2017 at 10:46 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi there, if you have lost 80% of your hair over the past 10 years this sounds most likely to be androgenetic alopecia - a common permanent hair loss condition that affects the top of the scalp and hairline only. There is no cure but this condition can generally be effectively managed using custom hair loss treatment courses to stop shedding and promote regrowth. However, this approach will only work if the hair follicles are still active and if the scalp is not bald. We recommend you have a professional consultation so that a hair loss specialist can confirm your condition and provide treatment recommendations if appropriate.

12th August, 2017 at 6:31 am


Hi. I notice that I have been losing hair ever since I started my college life. It might be the stress from school, and/or the bad sleeping habit I have developed. I tend to sleep very late, and sometime also very little, and I also love to use my phone to watch youtube videos until both my body and mind grow tired and then I would fall asleep. Beside this, I have a very "active" sex life since my college life so I don't know if that plays a part in my hair loss issue. I have now graduated and want to change all the above mentioned lifestyles I have with the hope that my hair will regrow back to how it was 4 years ago before I started college. Please let me know what else I can do to fasten this process. Thank you.

15th August, 2017 at 10:57 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Tom, please find a response to your queries, here.

27th August, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Kim Crawford

Hello, I have trigeminal neuralgia and for past year and half, I had been on meds that did work and now do not so after a month time, I weaned off them. I noticed during year and now, alot of stress and now I am off meds I am not sleeping so well but am afraid to go back on meds and more stress on body & brain. I sleep only 2-5 hours a nite, very broken, and overall volume of hair has thinned but not alot of noticable shedding. Hairdresser said scalp looks OK. Also I wasnt eating well before either on meds and from neuralgia. How can I tell if my hair is going to continue or if it is stopped, how can I restore thickness and volume? I still have neuralgia so steess not gone, but am more stressed cuz sleep is hard even when I am tired and I want to get my hair volume back. Please how can I know if I have a diffuse thinning or not, and will this stop? I live in Canada. Thank you.

29th August, 2017 at 10:45 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Kim, as this is a very specific issue, we would ask that you please complete an Online Consultation form so that we can get a bit more information in order to give you the best advice possible for your situation.

25th December, 2017 at 6:23 pm


Hi! I have experienced hair fall since I was in college. My hair became brittle and weak. I have not had a proper sleep ever since and I have been taking a drug named isotretinoin for almost 1 1/2 year (two courses). My hair fall stopped when I was in my sophomore year and then it went back last November. I suspect also that it may have been caused by emotional stress because of the recent events that happened. I went to my dermatologist and she told me that I have androgenetic alopecia but looking at my aunts (both mother and father side) they don’t have androgenetic alopecia. Is it possible that I am just experiencing chronic telogen effluvium? Hoping for your response. Thank you!

5th January, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Liane, it is possible that you are experiencing chronic telogen effluvium (which affects the whole scalp) or female pattern hair loss (which only affects the top of the head and frontal hairline) - or both, simultaneously. If you had an underlying genetic predisposition towards female pattern hair loss then having telogen effluvium - or experiencing high levels of stress - could have prematurely sped up its onset. It is worth noting that androgenetic alopecia is passed on from both sides of your family, so it could come from your father, not just your mother's side. In fact, recent research suggests the father's genes are likely to be more influential when it comes to this particular trait. Without assessing your scalp we cannot provide a confirmed diagnosis so we would advise you to have a personal consultation either in person or online, where you can upload photos of your scalp to assist our specialists. Following this, they can also give you recommendations for a bespoke hair loss treatment plan, should you wish.

10th May, 2018 at 3:47 am


Hey, my hair used to grow really fast last year and now all of a sudden it stopped growing fast I have been getting lack of sleep and I recently had a hair cut and so now I'm starting to come to conclusions that I have bad genetics and will bald real early and I don't know if I had this receding hairline before the hair cut I rarely took pictures of me with my hairline revealed last time I took pictures with my hairline was 2016 but that's two years ago and I'm pretty sure hair changes quickly throughout a whole year, if it's lack of sleep that causes my hair not to grow back as fast as it used to please tell me so unless I really do have bad genetics that kicked in real fast in 2018 last year it wasn't slow at all it was super fast like the other times. My hair is curly and thick and I heard if it's thin then that's a big sign you're balding and I'm currently 16 turning 17 please help me understand what I need to do in order to get my hair back to growing fast because this isn't normal for it to all of a sudden stop growing fast this year.

15th May, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi KG, please see this full response for an answer to your query, for which we have used a pseudonym. We hope this is helpful.

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