We all know that we shouldn’t be looking at our phones before bed.
But for many of us, it’s a little too hard to grab a book before we fall asleep, and 78 percent of us flick to our phones in the last hour or so before falling asleep.
A Sleep Junkie survey of 2,012 adults looked at how using certain apps just before bed affected our sleep quality.
The most disruptive app was TikTok, with a majority (89 percent) of participants waking up tired, compared to a quarter (24 percent) of those who had no electronic interaction before bed.
The number of TikTok users has grown from 700 million in early 2020 to over a billion today.
TikTok users also took over an hour longer than average to fall asleep and spent 14 percent of their sleep in the REM phase.
That’s half the recommended amount for a healthy adult, making Tiktok the worst bedtime app.
Sleep Junkie recommends not using electronic devices for at least two hours before bed, as they emit blue light.
Blue light stimulates the brain and reduces melatonin production, making people feel more awake before bed, which can lead to poor physical and mental health.
Dorothy Chambers, sleep expert at Sleep Junkie, said: “In the past year, people have been struggling to sleep more than ever, and with 78 percent of adults admitting to participating in revenge sleep delay, it’s no surprise that sleep hygiene has taken a hit has. ”
“There’s a lot of information online about the best ways to fall asleep, 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 habits before bed, and perhaps encourages the public to put down their phone and stop scrolling so they can wake up refreshed and energized.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.