You may have thought that hair loss and lack of sleep were two very different things with absolutely no relation at all. However without sleep, our body fails to function effectively and this in turn can lead to the loss of hair. Tiredness is associated with numerous side-effects, yet few people know its link to hair loss. Equally, lack of sleep is heavily linked to stress, which disrupts biological functions such as the natural hair cycle.
Losing hair is an entirely natural process; on average men and women lose up to 100 hairs each day meaning it is not always linked to hair loss. For this reason, hair loss only becomes an issue when it is excessive.
Stress is a natural part of the human make-up and it is the body’s natural response to a perceived threat. If stress remains unresolved then chemicals begin to build up in the body which can affect hair follicles on the scalp. Despite stress levels being largely out of your own control it still has a major impact on hair loss.
The type of hair loss related to stress is known as Telogen Effluvium. Hair has a natural cycle consisting of a growth phase, rest phase and a shedding phase; any significant stressful event can cause a shock to this cycle.
Telogon Effluvium occurs when more hair follicles enter the resting stage of the growth cycle. The hair is responsive to internal changes within the body and these changes often occur as a result of physical stress.
Hair loss of this sort is not usually visible until a couple of months after the event, however, this condition is more often than not temporary and the hair will grow back with sufficient time. Despite this, stress can also trigger hereditary hair loss thus it is important to keep your mind and body stress free.
Sleep allows the body the time to repair and replenish itself, which is why a full night’s sleep is essential to maintain healthy bodily functions. By sleeping we allow the body to recharge with electrolytes and replenish energy. Without sleep the body’s immune system becomes weak due to a lack of nutrients in the system. In turn this causes the roots of hair to become weak inevitably leading to hair loss.
The amount of sleep each person needs varies from person to person and is dependent on numerous lifestyle factors. For this reason, it is important to understand your own body to know how much sleep you need for to avoid tiredness and fatigue. It is worth nothing that on average the human body needs 8 hours sleep each night.
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