Did you know that Sleep deprivation is a common type of stress?

So, stress is a well-known danger to skin and hair health.

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Stress is known as physical or mental distress, this can be manifested in the form of physical trauma, a car accident, surgery, pregnancy or childbirth, or a serious illness, the cold, or even lack of sleep can lead to temporary hair loss and skin issues.  This kind of disturb can promote hair loss known as telogen effluvium. 

The hair has a preset life cycle: a growing phase, rest phase, and the falling phase. When you go through a very traumatic situation, it can wave your hair cycle pushing it more towards the falling phase.

So, sleep plays an important role in allowing the body to repair and rejuvenate, and a range of factors can impact hair growth. Changes in sleeping patterns have been shown to impact the body's immune system, mental and physical stamina, and hormone secretion. The hair is quite sensitive to changes in the body, and hair loss is nearly always the consequence of an internal issue.

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Stress is one of the main cause of hair loss, especially telogen effluvium. However, although genetic can also influence hair loss, stress would speed up its progression. Those who are already prompt to hair loss or baldness pattern, stress can trigger, worsen and accelerate the problem even more.

While most people can manage to get just 3 - 4 hours of sleep each night without stress, others cannot function if their 8 hours a night is disturbed over an extensive period. Emotional stress and daytime tiredness are the primary symptoms of stress and sleep deprivation.

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The body gets weak, hence failing to absorb the much-needed nutrients to stay healthy. 

This turn in some problems:
  • First, the body's immune system becomes less effective and more vulnerable to diseases. These diseases then attack the body and further worsen its defence mechanism. 

Other effects of sleep deprivation on the health of your hair include: 

Loss of hair volume
a receding hairline
Diffused hair throughout the scalp
Loss of hair shine
Dormant hair follicles

Studies carried out on animals believe that chronic stress is a primary cause of chronic telogen effluvium. It is believed that stress affects the chemistry of our hair follicles, leading to a great number of hair follicles going in the rest phase at a given time. However, reducing your stress, you will reinstate the natural hair cycle and stimulate healthy growth.

So, What More Can Be Done?

The only way to overcome hair loss and poor hair health that is the result of sleep deprivation is through making lifestyle changes. This includes eating a balanced diet and getting sufficient sleep at night. If you struggle to get a good night's sleep because of stress or anxiety then incorporating the tips will help you get past that problem.

Eat properly– A balanced diet that includes protein, minerals, and vitamins, eating foods like chocolate, blueberries, spinach, and almonds can help improve your mood and alleviate anxiety. 

Exercise Regularly – Physical activity sends nutrients and oxygen to your body's cells, enabling your lungs and heart to work more efficiently, increasing energy levels and also improving symptoms of mild to moderate stress. 

As exercising can tire out your body, make sure you get a deep and peaceful sleep during the nighttime.

Listen to some relaxing tunes – A 2013 study suggests that listening to relaxing or pleasant music significantly improve participants’ moods, both in the short and long terms.

Hot Bath - It never late for a warm bubble bath, particularly when it comes to getting good quality sleep. 

"A study published in the Journal Sleep concluded that women experiencing a sleep disorder who took a hot bath for around 90 – 120 minutes slept much better as compared to those who didn't. The reomendable temperature for water ranges from 98 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit."

Essential Oils - "I am a fan of 'Essential oils' as this makes an excellent remedy for inducing deep, good-quality sleep. " 

If you tend to suffer from insomnia, then opting for essential oils overmedication can be a brilliant choice. Essential oils do not bring along any such adverse side effects.

A spritz of lavender or Bergamot essential oil in your room as a pre-bedtime routine can help calm you down and also induce feelings of sleep.