Sleep and Hair Loss

Are you dreaming of long, thick beautiful hair? If not, you should be!

It turns out that sleep is important for protein synthesis of your hair, as well as proper release of growth hormone and other hormones. Studies  have found that melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your sleep and wake cycles also has an effect on sleep and hair growth. Applying topical melatonin has been shown to increase hair growth, which means that a decrease in melatonin could hypothetically lead to hair loss. So how do you increase your melatonin naturally: Sleep. 

The great news is that hair loss caused by lack of sleep is not permanent and can be overcome. Once the cortisol and melatonin levels  are restored to the normal level, the body exits the survival mode, then normal body functions and hair growth cycle return. 

Here are 7 Tips for sleeping your way to longer, thicker, healthier hair

  1. Increase bright light exposure during the day. ...
  2. Reduce blue light exposure in the evening. ...
  3. Don't consume caffeine late in the day. ...
  4. Reduce irregular or long daytime naps. ...
  5. Set a schedule to sleep and wake at consistent times. ...
  6. Start a mindfulness ritual before bed...
  7. Set your bedroom temperature between 67- 70 degrees (F).

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