Anyone who uses their smartphone shortly before bed should know that this is not only unhealthy, but also affects the quality of sleep. Now researchers claim to have figured out which apps are worst to use right before bed at night.
While TikTok may be the social media app of choice around the world, its ban in India has drawn users to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp among many.
A new report from Sleep Junkie looked at which apps are most damaging to sleep when used just before bedtime. The 2012 survey included Americans. 78% of respondents said they were guilty of “revenge delayed sleep” – a common phenomenon where people with busy schedules stay up late to make up for lost time.
Worst apps for your sleep
It turns out that TikTok is the worst app for your sleep (luckily!). TikTok users only spend 14% of their sleep cycle in Rapid Eye Movement (REM), half of what is ideal for a good night’s sleep.
In addition to TikTok, apps like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter also have a significant impact on your sleep. Check out the list below.
Tick Tack: TikTok users spend 14% of their sleep in REM state, falling asleep an average of an hour and seven minutes after using the app.
Instagram: Instagram users experience a REM state for 15.5% of their sleep cycle. It takes an average of 58 minutes to fall asleep after using the app.
Snapchat: Do you like to send snapshots? Maybe you should stop. Snapchat users spend 16% of their sleep in REM state and fall asleep after 56 minutes of using the app before sleeping.
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Twitter: Twitter, the world’s most popular short-form app, also affects your sleep health. Twitter users spend 18% of their sleep in the REM phase. On average, it takes them 50 minutes to fall asleep.
Facebook: When you spend on Facebook, it takes an average of 45 minutes to fall asleep. Facebook users also spend 19.5% of their sleep cycle in REM state. Other apps are on the list Pinterest, YouTube, WhatsApp, Reddit, Tumblr, and so forth.
The biggest factor in disrupting a healthy sleep cycle is the blue light emitted by smartphones, which is responsible for keeping us awake and delaying sleep significantly.
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Our suggestion? Stop using your smartphone two hours before bed and read a book instead. You will feel the difference in a few days! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Chambers, D. (2021 December 17). Are you delaying the sleep of revenge? Sleep junkie.