Whether you are at home in your own bed, staying in a hotel or on a flight – sleep is an extremely rare commodity in today’s over-caffeinated, over-worked and gadget-addicted society. Studies show that just one night without proper rest quadruples your risk of catching a cold.
Dr Sara Gottfried, a Havard trained M.D. says artificial light has a hugely disruptive effect on our body clocks. Linked to our circadian rhythm, which regulates cell regeneration, brain wave activity, hormone production and the regulation of glucose and insulin levels, it naturally adjusts to daylight and darkness.
Sleep masks allow your brain to sense complete darkness which increases the production of Melatonin – the chemical of sleep to increase the amount of rapid eye movement sleep for a deeper and more relaxing sleep.
Harley Street cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting says copper is vital for healthy skin and promoting collagen, a protein produced by cells to ‘hold’ the skin together that we make less of as we get older‘. Copper has important antioxidant properties,’ she says, which is good because antioxidants are substances that prevent cell damage.