Doctor Yu’s Clinical Notes XI: Sleep and Hair Loss | 睡出一头秀发
Sleep plays an important role in the treatment of hair loss. There are two factors of good sleep: the first factor is the time of sleep---one must sleep before 11 pm so that one can fall asleep more quickly and get into deep sleep stage more easily so the body can store enough energy for the next day; the second factor is the length of sleep---for a healthy adult, 7 hours of sleep per day is necessary to restore the body function. In practice, we see that many hair loss patients also have symptoms of insomnia. Some of them have difficulties get into sleep. Some of them can get into sleep but may wake up easily. If there are problems of sleep during treatment of hair loss, dealing with the sleep problem should be have priority because it ensures better result healing hair loss. We also find that using Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and acupuncture in treating hair loss can usually produce good results.
In my clinical practice, it turns out sleep problems usually happen on these people:
1. Chronic Late Sleepers: these people are used to go to bed really late, usually after 12am, or even later;
2. Those who have weak or deficient body constitution: these people always feel something is wrong with their body, and they get sick frequently. Some of them may have diagnosis of certain illness, and some of them are just have semi-health problems. They may also have problems of anxiety, depression, and irritability;
3. People suffering from depression: these people may feel sleepy and get into sleep quickly, but can also wake up easily during sleep and have many dreams so they still feel fatigue the second day. These conditions vary from time to time and may get worse when hair loss becomes a problem because they worry about it so much;
4.People who use eyes too much: these people uses eyes (for example, looking at a computer screen) for long time every day, so their body continuously concentrates energy at the eyes and their brain can get active easily. Therefore they usually have sleep problems. Furthermore, according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, because these energy used by the eyes come from liver and kidney, over draining of these energy can result in fatigue and neck or back pain. If these situations become chronic, they may also have problems such as joint pain, cold limbs, frequent urination and frequent sport injuries.
Furthermore, the above conditions can influence and enhance each other. Therefore, if you are suffering from hair loss, you need to know that better sleep is the first step to heal hair loss. Of course, sleep is only one factor that may cause hair loss, and there are other factors we need to know. Let us talk about it next time.