January 7, 2022, 5:05 pm
New research has revealed which apps on your phone are affecting your sleep quality the most, and it’s bad news if you like TikTok.
In this digital age, our lives revolve around screens – phone screens, laptop screens, tablet screens, screens in our cars, and even screens instead of books.
With all of this in mind, it’s no wonder so many of us struggle to maintain healthy sleep patterns.
In fact, 78 percent of people talk on the phone in the last hour before falling asleep.
While avoiding using the phone before bed is recommended, there are some apps that disturb our sleep more than others.
A new study of 2,012 adults by Sleep junkie revealed exactly which apps ruin your sleep behavior – and keep you awake longer.
The main culprit? Tick tock.
TikTok is a video streaming app that allows users to scroll through short videos related to the things they love most – animals, cars, pranks, dancing. You name it and it’s there.
And since the app hit over a billion users recently, there’s obviously something people love about it.
However, the study found that people who used TikTok before bed took over an hour longer to fall asleep than the average person.
They also found that users spent 14 percent of their time in REM sleep, which is half the amount recommended for a healthy adult.
In second place as the most disruptive app was Instagram, followed by Snapchat. You can find the top 5 here:
App & average sleep time after use
- TikTok – 1 hour 7 minutes
- Instagram – 58 minutes
- Snapchat – 56 minutes
- Twitter – 50 minutes
- Facebook – 45 minutes
According to Sleep Junkie (and basically every other sleep expert, too) you should be without electronics for at least two hours before heading out.
You want to do this to remove your eyes from the blue light emitted by your devices, blue light that stimulates the brain and makes you more alert.
Dorothy Chambers, sleep expert at Sleep Junkie, said: “Over the past year, people have had more trouble falling asleep than ever, and with 78% of adults admitting they’ve participated in revenge-delayed sleep, it’s no surprise that sleep hygiene has failed has.
“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 will provide better insight into some of our worst pre-sleep habits and perhaps encourage the public to put their phones down and stop scrolling so they can wake up refreshed and energized.”