Does your career choice mean you’re more likely to go bald? – Science says Yes

-Jan 9, Hannah Hargrave , Living -

They say hard work pays off, but apparently not so much in the hair department, because if you’re a guy who loves his head of hair but works his socks off for his career you may not be able to have both! A study has shown that people who work longer hours – more than 52 hours a week – are twice as likely to go bald. So could your career really be messing with your tresses?

While hair loss is hereditary there are other factors which cause you to prematurely loose your locks and unfortunately your job could be one of them.

Thinning on top is incredibly common and bothersome for a lot of men too. Many search for solutions to halt the hair loss, regain it or at the very least disguise it as best they can.

But rather than looking for answers at the bottom of a bottle of Rogaine you may want to look at your working environment first.  

Related: How to slow down hair loss

Stress and hair loss

When you’re stressed you may literally feel like pulling your hair out, but stress can also cause your hair to thin or fall out without you giving it a helping hand. 

There are three types of hair loss associated with stress:

  • Telogen effluvium – stress pushes your hair follicles prematurely into something known as a resting phase, when strands are released and they fall out. 
  • Trichotillomania – the habit of pulling out hair on your head, your eyelashes or even your eyebrows. This condition is often caused by stress and anxiety.
  • Alopecia Areata – the immune system attacks the hair follicles causing the hair to fall away from the scalp.

Most people have some level of stress in their jobs, but if yours is consistently seeing you work overtime and leaving you noticeably stressed you should look for ways to alleviate some of the pressure, not only for your hair but for your overall health too.

Nutrition and hair loss

Your diet can make a big difference to your hair. When you’re not fueling your body in a healthy and balanced nutritional manner, you’re hindering the hair on your head.

What’s this got to do with your job, you may ask? Many jobs entail working sat down, at a computer and all too often eating whatever quick and easy foods you can get your hands on. If your career is so busy you can’t even take a proper lunch break the chances are you’re wolfing unhealthy food down at your desk or on the move. 

If you know your hectic, stress fueled job leaves you little time to eat properly, do your best to plan ahead so you can make healthy choices.

Take a nutritious packed lunch and make it your mission to get outside for a walk or to eat it, or both. Even if it’s just 15 minutes. Getting fresh air and daylight it essential to reducing stress levels and boosting your mood and productivity too.

Adding Lumity’s Day and Nighttime Supplements for men to your daily diet could also give your hair a well needed boost, not to mention aide sleep and give you more energy too.

Related: Everything you need to know about Lumity’s new supplement for men

Sleep and hair loss

Stress can keep you up at night and severely impact your beauty sleep. Waking up worrying about your work doesn’t help anyone, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy to combat and if you work long hours it may mean you get less than the recommended 7-9 hours a night. Unfortunately lack of sleep can wreak havoc on the body’s immune system and hormone secretion, which hair is very sensitive to. We need sleep so that we can rest and repair, and this includes our hair.

If you think you don’t have time to properly sleep, just remember that you’re more likely to produce better work and have clearer focus if you’re well rested, so turning in early can actually better your work performance in the long run. 

For more ways to reduce your stress levels you may want to read these tips Dr. Rangan Chatterjee gave to Lumity and how you can deal with sleep deprivation too.

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