We all know that we should not look at our phones before going to bed. But for many of us, it’s too hard to grab a book before we go to bed, and 78% of us go to the phone in the last hour before we go to bed.
A survey conducted by Sleep Junkie among 2,012 adults examined how the use of certain applications just before bedtime affects sleep quality.
The most disturbing application was TikTok, with the majority (89%) of participants waking up tired, compared to a quarter (24%) of those who did not have “electronic treatment” before bedtime.
The number of TikTok users has grown from 700 million at the beginning of 2020 to more than a billion today. TikTok users also took more than an hour longer than average to fall asleep and spent 14% of their sleep in the REM phase. This is half the recommended amount for a healthy adult, making Tiktok the worst application for bedtime use.
Sleep junkie recommends that you do not use electronics for at least two hours before bedtime due to the blue light it emits.
Blue light stimulates the brain and reduces the production of melatonin, which makes people feel more alert before bedtime, which can lead to poor physical and mental health.
Sleep hygiene on an unenviable level
Dorothy Chambers, a sleep expert, said: “This year, people have struggled to sleep more than ever before, and with 78% of adults acknowledging that they are delaying sleep, it is no surprise that sleep hygiene has been compromised.”
“There is a lot of information online about the best ways to fall asleep, but it seems that the use of social networking applications is preventing many of us from getting the rest we need. We hope our research provides a better insight into some of our worst bedtime habits and can encourage members of the public to put down the phone and stop scrolling so they can refresh and wake up full of energy. ”