Monday, April 27, 2009

Sleep is Essential for Hair Health

Aside from not wanting to feel cranky, grumpy, and groggy in the morning, another reason to get a good night's sleep is to maintain a healthy head of hair. Here is some information I found concerning sleep, stress, and hair loss:

*Erratic sleep patterns may lead to accelerated hair loss & brittle hair.

*Most of us need between six and eight hours of sleep each day.

*Sleep helps your body to refuel and regenerate, reduces stress levels, helps you relax and is a great hair tonic.

*Studies of male pattern baldness suggest that lack of sleep plays a role in altering the hormone balance in the body that leads to hair loss.

*In men, hair loss is attributed to the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the body. Since sleep deprivation is a condition of our fast-paced, modern life, there is every reason to suggest that the stress and fatigue it causes will result in hair damage in women as well.

*Stress can indeed cause hair loss, particularly diffuse hair loss and telogen effluvium.

*During [sleep], specific hair growth boosters can provide hair with much needed nutrients and support for optimum hair health and growth.

*Sleep deprivation is a form of stress.

*Hair loss can occur as the immune system overreacts in the area of the hair follicle. Major stress may play a significant role in this overreaction of the immune system.

*Sleep is a must have to help fight hair loss.

*Lack of quality, deep sleep cuts away the time frame the body uses to repair itself.

*Hair loss may be one of many symptoms that occur when the body is withheld from the deep sleep that it needs.

*One tip to fighting hair loss: Get a good night’s sleep.


1 comment:

Copa-canary said...

Wow I never thought about how sleep relates to hair growth/hair loss, just how it relates to overall body health. This makes a lot of sense. I'm not into regular sleep schedules so I definitely need this article, lol! Very interesting findings. Thanks for sharing.