Lack of Sleep May Cause Dandruff

Sleep deprivation: the hidden cause of dandruff

Dandruff is a kind of scalp ailment which there is the shedding of dead skin from the scalp. Many people in the world are suffering from it. Dandruff is not serious but it can make them unhappy and embarrassed as the yellowish flakes falls onto their shoulders all the time and as it causes so much itch and irritation to the scalp.

Dandruff can occur on people of all ages, but the most of the time it occurs on teenagers especially boys are likely to have dandruff more than girls as they start puberty when the oil is accumulated more by the glands at the base of the hair root. This oil forms into tiny flakes together to make bigger, more noticeable flakes and for a period of time these flakes start to fall out.

There are many causes of dandruff which include:

  • Dry skin
  • Irritated, oily skin (seborrheic dermatitis)
  • Not shampooing often enough
  • Psoriasis
  • A yeast-like fungus (malassezia)
  • Eczema
  • Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis) (Mayo Clinic).

However there is one remaining hidden reason for causing dandruff. That is sleep deprivation. Why can the lack of sleep affect our scalp health? The reason is that sleep deprivation can lead to stress in life and this stress can slows down the blood circulation in the head. Improper blood circulation in the scalp makes it week and which eventually reduces the tenacity of the hairs. As a result the scalp becomes vulnerable to fungal growth thus leading to dandruff. Moreover, since the improper blood circulation can reduce the supply of essential nutrients to the scalp, the dandruff condition is worsened.

In conclusion, dandruff is not just occurring from the lack of hygiene or some other disorders but it also involves with sleep and stress. So if don’t have enough sleep and you’re suffering so much from dandruff, you should reconsider getting more rest and sleep for better health.

References:

Dandruff: Causes. (n.d.). Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dandruff/DS00456/DSECTION=causes

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