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How Sleep Impacts Hair Health

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Sleep is an important part of life. You might want to spend all of your time awake and pursuing your passions, but the time spent resting in bed is vital to your health. In fact, sleep impacts all areas of health - even the quality of our hair. When you don’t get enough quality, uninterrupted sleep, your body begins to experience all sorts of issues that can impact your hair health. 

Why Does A Lack Of Sleep Impact Hair? 

It might seem odd that simply failing to get enough hours of rest could impact your hair, but it’s not a surprise once you understand how sleep deprivation affects your body. One of the first things that you’ll experience is an elevated stress level thanks to the release of cortisol. Once you’re already stressed and irritable, it becomes much easier to fall into a cycle of getting poor sleep because you’re tense or anxious and waking up anxious and tense because you didn’t get enough sleep. 

How Stress Impacts Your Hair 

Even beyond affecting your mood, stress can impact hair growth in a few different ways. Let’s take a look at some of the more common issues experienced. 

It’s More Oily 

When cortisol levels rise, your skin, nails, and hair are all affected. Most notably, oil production rises to meet increasing cortisol levels. As you might expect, this leads to oily skin and hair. And oily hair comes with a whole host of its own issues. You might find yourself washing your hair much more often than usual, for example, which can strip it of natural nutrients that actually promote healthy hair growth. 

Hair Loss

In addition to coating your locks with oil, stress can also make your hair fall out. If you’ve been experiencing high levels of stress for a significant time, you might find that you’re losing more hair every time you brush or wash it. This is called telogen effluvium, and it happens when stress pushes hair follicles to a resting phase. Eventually those follicles release the hair, and you’ll experiencing the literal fallout within a few months. 

How To Get Better Sleep 

We know that stress can affect your hair’s health, but how do you go about getting more sleep and reducing stress? There are a few options. You can try and improve sleep quality by setting a consistent bedtime every night that includes some time for you to wind down and relax. Investing in comfortable pillows and mattresses can also help improve sleep quality.


I hope you enjoyed this article about how your quantity and quality of sleep can impact hair health and appearance.

Interested in reading more articles about improving hair health? 

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