Guest blogger, Lisa Smalls
Lisa is a freelance writer from Raleigh, NC in love with all things beauty. While she doesn't have her own blog, you can see some of her other published work at Mattress Advisor where she regularly contributes sleep health content.
Lack of Sleeping Affects Hair
With so many products on the market, we sometimes forget one of the easiest beauty hacks we can do. Sleep is one of the best ways to look and feel amazing everyday! Something as easy as hitting the snooze button and getting some extra Z’s can do wonders for your body. Most people have heard that a lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your skin and mood, but did you know that it can also have a major impact on your hair? Below we will explain the damage that sleep deprivation can cause your hair, and how to fix it!
One of the most common hair symptoms of sleep deprivation is hair loss. There are several reasons for this. First, when you don’t get enough sleep you are unable to produce as much human growth hormone, the hormone responsible for cellular regeneration. Over 75% of this hormone is released while you are asleep, which means you miss out on its maximum benefits when you skip out on sleep. So what does this mean for your hair? The less sleep you get, the less HGH your hair follicles receive to grow properly. The result? Less sleep, thinner hair.
Pulling one all-nighter might not seem like a big deal, but getting into a routine of all-nighters put your body under a ton of stress.When you are stressed, your body is unable to regulate enzymes that control oils in your skin. That’s why your scalp may be greasier than normal when you are under a lot of stress. All of this excess oil leaves your hair limp and greasy. So next time you want the bouncy curls of your dreams, try spending more time actually dreaming.
We all have a full repertoire of products under our bathroom sink and a number of beauty hacks up our sleeves to prevent dreaded hair breakage. Although some breakage is normal for everyone, being sleep deprived can make the problem worse. Sleep is the time when our bodies regulate hormones. So when you fail to get adequate sleep, your hormones are thrown out of balance. And when hormones are out of whack, our hair becomes dry and thin, making it more susceptible to breakage.
Additionally, stress throws the body’s hormones out of balance.When people don’t get enough sleep, they usually have higher levels of stress. We already know hormone disruption can lead to breakage, but to make matters worse, people sometimes pick at their hair when under stress, causing even more damage to your follicles.
So what can you do? The best advice to combating these issues isgetting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. There are several ways to do this, most of which simply require discipline.
To get a restful night’s sleep on a consistent basis, it is best to stick to a regular sleeping schedule, reduce your blue light exposure from electronics, and don’t consume caffeine in the afternoon or before bed. It’s also a good idea to have a wind down routine that is relaxing for you. This could include meditation, drawing, journaling, or anything that makes you feel calm and happy! To fix already damaged hair, it is best to use a deep conditioning treatment weekly and get regular haircuts. Use these tips to help get a great night’s sleep and have beautiful hair today!