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Sleep Deprivation and Hair Loss: The Facts

Sleep is good for you, there’s no disputing that. Lack of sleep makes you cranky, forgetful, and even damages your health. But did you know sleep deprivation can also cause hair loss? Waking up with hairs on the pillow or noticing more hair than usual in the hairbrush could be a sign of alopecia. It could be your sleep routine that’s causing this. But why does lack of sleep have such a negative effect on our hair?

Unhealthy Routine

Lack of sleep is often caused by lifestyle factors that can also affect hair growth and loss. The most common is a hectic work schedule or home life leading to inconsistent or unmanageable routines.

During the holidays, people often burn the candle at both ends, working all day and wrapping presents and planning festivities all evening. You can end up snacking and grabbing whatever convenience foods are to hand. An unhealthy diet leads to poor sleeping habits, particularly when you eat late after a long day. A poor diet can also be a cause of hair loss. Your hair follicles and scalp need certain nutrients in order to grow and function properly. However, the primary consequence of a difficult routine is one we are all familiar with at some point in our lives: stress.


Stress has a huge impact on our lives and is often directly responsible for lack of sleep. Christmas and New Year create their own special kind of stress, as we lose sleep over family events and debt. Unfortunately, lack of sleep also causes us to feel more stressed and anxious, so this can create a vicious cycle.

Stress has all sorts of nasty impacts on our bodies, particularly on hormone production. Some hormones, like cortisol, keep us feeling wired, awake and unable to relax. Others, like dihydrotestosterone (DHT), are directly linked to hair loss. So, it’s clear to see that a lack of sleep can be the catalyst for hair loss and thinning, which is in itself a stressful occurrence.

What Can You Do?

Relaxation is the key to a good night’s sleep. Ensure you have a set time that you go to bed and take a good half hour before this time to really wind down. Avoid alcohol and caffeine in the evening and don’t eat too late. Try listening to relaxing music or use a mindfulness app to help your brain escape the stresses of the day.

If hair loss continues even after a good sleep routine has been established, it might be worth speaking to a professional about your options. The best way to determine which hair restoration procedure is right for you is to meet privately with a professional New-U hair loss specialist. To schedule a FREE consultation contact New-U Hair Replacement Specialists today!