consistent rest benefits

A good night’s sleep can affect almost anything positively. Consistent rest is important! In fact, getting consistent rest can affect your hair! That’s right. So, aside from all the other reasons you should get a full night of sleep every night, consider how it can affect your hair too. Here is how getting more or less sleep can affect your hair. 

Hormones and Stress

You’ve probably heard it said before that hair loss comes from genetics. While this is true, hormones can play a huge role in hair loss as well. When people progress through normal sleep cycles, the human growth hormone (HGH) is produced. So, when people experience interrupted, irregular, or limited sleep, their body doesn’t produce as much HGH. This can lead to thinning hair and other issues. A quality night of rest every night can help reduce the chances of hair loss and thinning hair. Alternatively, lack of sleep and sleep deprivation leads to stress, emotional and physical. This increases the risk of telogen effluvium where a person experiences significant hair loss. When you manage a good sleep routine that hardly varies, you’re likely to decrease your stress levels and avoid this condition. 

Sleep Cycles and Hair Growth

The fact of the matter is that hair grows in cycles. Humans sleep in cycles. When your sleep cycles are off and you experience sleep deprivation, your hair cycles are thrown off as well affecting the rate of growth, negatively. We also know that hair growth is related to HGH release which occurs in stages 3 and 4 of sleep, so hair growth and sleep are directly related in these two ways.

Sleep Equals Regeneration

Sleep is the time when your body cycles through its regenerative processes. All of the cells in your body are regenerated and renewed including your hair follicle cells. Lack of sleep can stunt this renewal process making your immune system weaker, so, in turn, your body can’t properly absorb the nutrients it needs to produce healthy hair. 

Better Quality Sleep

You might be having trouble thinking of ways to sleep better to improve your hair conditions. That’s why we’re giving you a few tips on how to do so!

  1. Stick to one wake up time. This creates a good routine that your body can get used to.
  2. Stop caffeine by 2 pm. This gives your body time to wind down from all that energy.
  3. Stop drinking alcohol 3 hours before bed.
  4. Stop exercising before 4 pm. This gives your body time to wind down as well before the evening comes around.

Overall, it’s beneficial to get a good night’s sleep, but especially if you’re worried about the state of your hair. If you’d like to speak to a professional about your hair conditions, contact Parker Trichology today! Our experts would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your situation with you.