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Lack of Sleep, Stress and Hair Loss: There IS a Connection.

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A good night’s sleep makes you look and feel better, but a lack of sleep is detrimental to your body and overall health.  Research shows that chronic lack of sleep is linked to getting a cold or the flu, as well an increases your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, mental health issues, obesity, and yes – even hair loss!  

Does stress keep you up at night and make you feel sad or tired? If yes, you are not the only one: one in six Americans feel the same, and on average, adults requires 71/2 hours of good sleep per night.

Stress vs. Lack of sleep

When you wake up in the morning, are you refreshed and ready to go, or are you tired and grumpy? For many people, the second scenario is all too common. You don’t necessarily have to have a sleep disorder to be experiencing problems getting a good night's rest. A lack of restorative sleep can be caused by your crazy work schedule, anxiety, and even if you have trouble putting down your smartphone… what you eat and drink also has an effect on your sleep. All of these components expert’s call STRESS.

What You Can Do About Stress and Getting a Great Night’s Sleep!

“Don’t fight yourself if you can’t sleep,” say experts. “ Stay up and watch movies or TV or listen to music or anything you find relaxing.” Sexual activity can also lead to soporific reactions and help you Feel Good.

Read the following list of habits that make a good “sleep hygiene”, as the experts call it. Then, look for a few you can adopt to prevent future sleep problems. The closer you come to “perfect” sleep hygiene, the better you’ll sleep every night.

1.    Make sleep a priority.

2.    Create and stick to a regular sleep schedule and routine. Go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time every morning.

3.    Create a soothing, relaxing routine to help you wind down before going to bed.

4.    Essential oils can help. Aromas allow your body to unwind and help you relax.

5.    Exercise regularly. You can improve the amount and quality of your sleep by getting regular physical exercise.

6.    Avoid the temptation to work, eat in bed.

7.    Try replacing your afternoon coffee break with a 20-minute nap.

8.    Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoking at least 3 hours before bed. 

If you adopt these healthy habits and still have trouble sleeping, make an appointment to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Stress vs. Hair

The human body loses about 100 hair strands per day. When you are overwhelmed or stressed out, the adrenaline released redirects blood away from the scalp to where it can be of greater use, like for supporting the heart and lungs.

Stress is a physiological response that our body has in order to overcome a problem so the bigger the problem, the more stress you feel, and the more your body tries to fight it! Stress can also increase the amount of male hormones (progesterone) circulating throughout the body, which can also lead to increased hair loss. Chronic stress can also trigger the auto-immune system to attack hair follicles, causing hair to fall out completely or in clumps.

 What You Can Do About Stress and Keeping Your Hair Intact!

1.   Up the protein in your daily diet. Get plenty of lean meats, nuts, and especially cold-water fatty fish like salmon and light tuna, which contains omega 3 fatty acids. 

2.   Massages can help increase circulation to the scalp and decrease stress in general.

3.    Try rubbing your scalp daily with essential oils of rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme, and cedar wood.

If you encounter hair loss always consult your doctor, as this can be a sign of low protein levels or thyroid problems.

What do you do when hair loss and sleep medication are just NOT working?

How One Woman's Journey of lacking sleep and stress led to hair loss. And what she did about it.

My hair falling out led me to the discovery of essential oils almost a year and a half ago. I had moved to a new city and this marked the beginning of my hair woes.  Besides the harsh weather and hard water, my work schedule and having two toddlers at home created enough chaos around the house that I just couldn’t get a good night’s sleep. 

Between my work, our kids’ school, and their sleeping schedules, my sleep patterns were all over the place! I found it impossible to get any type of restful sleep.  Six hours of restless sleep was probably the maximum that I had slept at any one time over the past two years. 

I finally made an appointment with my doctor and after countless visits, all that my physician could offer me was more sleep medication and some topical scalp treatments! 

My doctor did tell me that stress and lack of sleep were major contributing factors to my hair loss.

In my free time, I started experimenting with natural treatments to combat my hair loss.  I was quick to research the benefits of essential oils and how they can be used.  The more I read, the more I realized essential oils are a powerhouse of healing properties.  Many forums talked about using natural products free from SLS, silicones, and parabens – chemicals that are widely used in hair products. The blogs also provided several do-it-yourself recipes to create your own products. 

I ordered a few essential oils including rosemary, known for its many benefits for hair and skin rejuvenation.  It is also known for promoting hair growth, and was something I desperately needed.  I used the oils to make a shampoo alongside my continued use of the medicines prescribed by the physician.  Soon, I had replaced all of my hair care products with chemical-free options.

Even though my doctor had prescribed some sleeping pills, I was hesitant in taking them.  I wanted a natural option free of side effects, so I started looking for a high-quality essential oil to help me sleep better.  This is when I found the Slumber Rest & Recovery blend by Ovvio Oils.

Thanks to Slumber, I now sleep peacefully. I don’t wake up during the night unless my kids come running in and getting six or more hours of restful sleep is now the norm.  My kids also have a mother that is certainly more rested and calmer when I am home and my efficiency at work has nearly doubled.

The Slumber blend contains essential oils of roman chamomile, copaiba, sweet marjoram, lemon, vetiver, Peru balsam, tangerine, and lavandin.  All these essential oils have properties, which help in relaxation, calming, and promoting sleep. I diffused the blend in my bedroom and literally almost immediately felt more relaxed and soon drifted off to sleep.  I woke up six and a half hours later, well rested and happy.”

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