It is a well-known fact that male pattern baldness, certain types of medicine and some illnesses can cause hair loss, but what else can cause your hair to fall out? Well, if you are not letting your body get enough sleep, you are inviting in a whole load of problems.
Lack of sleep and stress go hand in hand, with the body not getting the right amount of time to recharge and support it.
A little bit of stress is not great for the body but will not be enough to make your hair fall out, so if you have had a week or two of bad sleep, you should not notice a difference in your hair.
If, however, you suffer from insomnia and have had months without properly resting your body this can result in high and constant levels of stress, which can lead to telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium is when stress effects the hair roots causing them to move into the resting state of their cycle. This causes thinning and in rare instances temporary bald patches.
Although the condition can be caused by the stress from lack of sleep, people tend to get it after a particularly traumatising situation, with the hair weakening and falling out up to three months after the event.
Although it can be distressing, telogen effuvium is usually only temporary, and once you’re back into a proper sleep cycle, or you’ve worked through your trauma, your hair should begin to grow again. This might take a few weeks but, with consistent care, you’ll soon have a head of healthy hair again.
So, in answer to the question, does stress make your hair fall out, the answer is, yes, but only if you are suffering from a lot of stress over an extended period of time.
So we know that acute stress can lead to hair loss, what else can lack of sleep cause? Well, when you are asleep your body stocks up on electrolytes, recharges and, in simple terms, just sorts itself out.
Lack of sleep will ultimately have an effect on the immune system, and this leads to all sorts of issues. You might notice your skin dulls, your nails weaken and yes, your hair begins to thin.
Again, a week or so of insomnia should not cause this, but long term trouble sleeping can cause a lot of strain on your body, so it is important to find a way to get the rest you need.
A temporary solution if you really cannot get to sleep is to at least make sure you are taking vitamins daily to look after your body as best you can. – The Idleman