I'm wondering if any correlation between sleep apnea and hair loss or thinning hair?
I know that I personally have experienced considerable hair loss (and I'm an otherwise healthy 34 year old female with no family history of thinning hair)in the past 3 years. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea about a year ago and have been successfully treated with CPAP since then. I have been distressed over my thinning hair (which probably doesn't help the situation) and trying to find out if there is a known link or any research in this area.
My hypothesis is that the cumulative effects of ongoing hypoxia from the sleep apnea lead to degenerative changes to the endothelial layers of the vessels in the scalp as well as reduce levels of Nitric Oxide (important in hair growth and regrowth) due to the compromised airway of apnea patients. It is known that the highest concentrations of Nitric Oxide reside in the nasopharynx of humans, so I think its plausible that the physical restriction of apnea may inhibit its ability to freely circulate in the bloodstream.
I was wondering if any sleep specialists who read this forum might have more information pertaining to the symptom of hair loss in sleep apnea patients?
(before you tell me to search the archives of this forum, I already have. I got over 600 results, and most of them were related to the masks rubbing hair off. If I missed this topic there, I do apologize in advance.)
Resmed S8 Autoset Vantage with heated humidifier
Mirage Swift Nasal Pillows
(Untreated AHI 32.9)