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Lack of Sleep Can Cause Hair Loss

Lack of Sleep Can Cause Hair LossHair 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.

Find out more about stress-related hair loss and what can be done.

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.

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6th September, 2010 at 3:36 pm

jenny Leung

hi lately iv been losing a lot of hair lately ever since i started college. i noticed it not so long ago i was wondering why am i losing so much hair ever since i started college

6th December, 2012 at 2:55 am


This really helps

6th December, 2012 at 11:38 am


Hi Kurt, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found the information helpful. If you require any further information please contact the centre or come for a Tricho check, I have emailed you details.

7th December, 2012 at 7:06 am

Jason Mangrum

I actually amazed with what i knew from your article.I really don't have any idea that lack of sleep can also cause hair loss.Well thank you for this.

7th December, 2012 at 3:30 pm


Hi Jason, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found the information helpful. If you require any further information please contact the centre or come for a Tricho check, I have emailed you details.

29th December, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Leslie Burt

I agree with you on this point. When I was way back in college, I always had problems sleeping, then I noticed a lot of hair falling everytime I shower or brush my hair. I'm glad that you mentioned this here so that people who arent aware should know what are the consequences if you sleep late or even have problems in sleeping. Well, aside from hair loss though, there way lot more issues confronted by the body when it lacks of sleep. Thanks Leslie

10th April, 2013 at 4:21 am


Helpful info. Fortunate me I discovered your web site by accident. I bookmarked it.

24th December, 2014 at 8:31 am

Lavanya Rao

Is the hair loss permanent though?

6th January, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Lavanya,

Whether the hair loss is permanent or not depends on whether the lack of sleep was the sole cause of the shedding. If it is then the hair fall should be temporary, however if the sleep deprivation is simply exacerbating an existing hair loss condition such as female pattern hair loss, then the shedding may well continue. One of our hair loss experts, Funmi Lampejo, has answered your question in full here: Is Hair Loss From Lack Of Sleep Permanent?

10th July, 2016 at 11:34 pm


I noticed my hairfall has been slightly more than before. I have admittedly, had a sub-par diet recently, lack of exercise and sleep deprivation/abnormal sleeping patterns. If I am able to change my habits for the better, will this reverse my hair loss problem/at least delay or halt it? Thanks Sy

13th July, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sy, one of Belgravia's senior hair loss specialists has answered your question - we hope you find this information useful.

27th September, 2016 at 7:03 pm


very helpful,i was wondering why my hair start falling out just soon after i start college,i attended night classes,irregular sleeping habits,indeed, some nights i only get 6 hrs sleep.will it grow back if regular sleeping habits developed? ny.

4th October, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sean, please see this response to your query from one of our hair loss specialists.

23rd January, 2017 at 10:22 am


This article helped me to understand the possible cause of my hair fall . It suddenly started around a month back and I feel I have only half the amount of hair left . Also my scalp hurts when I go with a high ponytail which never happened earlier . I get around 8 to 9 hours of sleep daily but these days I have started sleeping late and then getting up late . Is it that shifting my sleeping time is making my scalp weak ?

23rd January, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Payal, thank you for your query. We hope you find this information from our senior hair loss specialist helpful

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