Have you noticed recently that you are finding more hairs in your hairbrush after brushing? Before you start to panic it’s important to remember that on average, we shed anywhere between 50-100 hairs a day and the likelihood is we don’t even notice it.
We are sure we don’t need to tell you that sleep deprivation is a major form of stress. The time we spend asleep is known as the body’s natural restoration period and it allows cells to repair themselves during the sleep process. Not getting enough sleep can disturb the body’s balance, immune system, hormone regulation as well as placing strain on our mental health. The hair growth cycle is extremely delicate and is easily affected so any changes within the body can massively impact our hair health.
Lack of sleep can trigger the immune system to start to incorrectly target hair follicles, resulting in dry hair at best or at worst hair loss in patches. A lack of sleep can also disrupt the body’s stem cell activity that only occurs during our sleep cycles.
The good news is, it’s not always permanent and can quickly be rectified by altering our sleep habits. 8 hours is recommended but not all of us need this but it’s essential to try and establish a good bedtime routine. Wind-down time is a must, a calm and inviting environment helps, a dark room or even an eye mask can help if you are light sensitive. The most important thing is to find the right routine for you that makes you feel relaxed enough that you drop off to sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.