TikTok revealed as worst app to make use of earlier than sleep


January 9, 2022 2:43 am

We know we shouldn’t be using our phone in bed – but one app is more annoying than another, according to a study. Photo / 123rf

We all know checking our phone before bed is a bad habit – but not all phone activity is created equally bad.

A recent UK survey looked at how using various mobile apps before bed affects our sleep quality.

Sleep Junkie surveyed adults in 2012 and found that one app in particular contributed to more sleep disorders than others.

According to The Sun, TikTok is the worst app to check out before bed.

The survey found that 89 percent of people who used TikTok before bed woke up tired. In contrast, only 24 percent of people who did not use phone apps before falling asleep said they felt tired when they woke up.

Responded TikTok users also reported that it took them more than an hour longer than average to fall asleep and also spent less than half the recommended time in REM sleep.

A survey found that TikTok disrupts sleep more than other apps.  Photo / 123rfA survey found that TikTok disrupts sleep more than other apps. Photo / 123rf

According to Sleep Junkie, it is not advisable to use electronic devices two hours before bed because these devices emit blue light, which has been shown to stimulate the brain and reduce the body’s natural melatonin production.

“Over the past year, people have had more trouble falling asleep than ever, and with 78 percent of adults admitting participating in revenge-delayed sleep, it’s no surprise sleep hygiene has taken a hit,” said Dorothy Chambers, sleep expert at Sleep Junkie said, quoted by The Sun.

“There is a lot of information online about the best ways to sleep, but it seems that using social media apps is preventing many of us from getting the rest we need.

“We hope our research provides a better insight into some of our worst pre-sleep habits, and perhaps encourages the public to put their phones down and stop scrolling so they can wake up refreshed and energized.”

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