A 2018 University of Pennsylvania study showed that one in four Americans develop insomnia each year. The good news is that it also showed that 75% of insomnia sufferers recovered.  Getting enough shut eye plays a critical role in supporting immune function, metabolism, memory and even productivity. But did you know it also helps support healthy hair growth?

The Relationship Between Sleep and Hair

As we age, physiological changes can cause your hair to change, becoming thinner, drier and more fragile. For most of us, it’s normal to lose anywhere between 50 to 150 scalp hairs a day. But if you’ve been noticing significantly more hair fall lately and haven’t been sleeping well, there is strong evidence that the lack of sleep could be to blame.

There are many ways sleep quality can affect hair health. Lack of sleep can result in higher levels of stress which has been shown to result in telogen effluvium hair loss where the hair follicle is forced into a premature resting state right before shedding. It also can stop the body’s ability to generate healthy epithelial cells (your scalp skin and hair follicles are made up of layers of these cells, so if the cells are weaker so is your hair!). And lastly, sleep deprivation can affect your body’s natural ability to produce a hormone called melatonin, which not only helps regulate your sleep cycle but is also linked to increased hair growth. 

Getting more sleep and choosing the right haircare products can help protect and strengthen the hair you have while supporting healthier future hair growth. Luckily, there are several new products that can help do just that. 

The New Generation of Sleep Solutions

Most of us are used to hearing about incorporating more exercise or meditation into our day, cutting back on caffeine or using aromatherapy to help calm us before bed. But new recommendations have also emerged if you find yourself still looking for that restful zzz’s:

  • Taking high quality CBD oil or chews 15-20 minutes before bedtime allows the body to relax and unwind setting the stage for a more restful sleep. Our Healist Advanced Naturals Sleep Drops are scientifically formulated with U.S., grown organic CBD and CBN + botanical essential oils and a custom terpene blend that work together to help increase relaxation and initiate sleep.*
  • Weighted blankets provide warm, gentle pressure that mimic the feeling of being held, naturally increasing the body’s production of serotonin (a technique known as Deep Touch Pressure). They are available at a variety of price points and fabrics, including lighter, cooling materials that are perfect for restful summer nights.
  • The lightbulbs in your bedroom could be one of the culprits keep you awake. Many of the newer energy efficient lights produce high concentrations of blue light (the same light emitted by our smartphones) that has been shown to be detrimental to sleep. There are a variety of light bulbs including GE’s C-Life and C-Sleep Smart or The NASA Technology Sleep Promoting Light bulbs that offer lower, sleep enhancing light levels to help support the body’s natural melatonin production – your sleep and hair growth hormone! 

Choosing Better Haircare Products

Hair that’s been impacted by the body’s natural aging process + sleep + stress tends to be weaker and more fragile. The first step is choosing high quality, sulfate-free products that replenish moisture to existing hair, fortifying hair to decrease breakage and help hair appear fuller and shinier.

It’s been said that women experience worse sleep quality than men, with older women at a higher risk of insomnia (especially during menopause). To get hair back on track, consider products that improve the condition of the scalp and support the body’s inner health as both are linked to healthy hair. With women over 50 already experiencing age-related changes to their hair, we love Better Not Younger’s line of products that were specifically created for women 40+. Their Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp serum helps nourish the scalp and energize follicles to promote healthier hair growth. Used daily along with Significant Other Hair Fortifying gummy supplements, hair will grow in stronger, thicker and healthier over time.

Note: Significant hair loss can be linked to a variety of factors aside from the body’s natural aging process including underlying medical conditions, medications, genetics, and hormones so the most important question you should always ask yourself when experiencing significant shedding is “What’s behind my hair loss?”, consulting with your doctor.

*The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any diseases.