Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok? Know worst apps to use! Is yours on THIS list?

    Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Snapchat apps are on this worst apps to use list- know about revenge sleep procrastination.
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Jan 06 2022, 09:47 AM IST
    Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Snapchat and more, check worst apps to use before sleeping.
    Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Snapchat and more, check worst apps to use before sleeping. (Pexels)
    Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Snapchat and more, check worst apps to use before sleeping.
    Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Snapchat and more, check worst apps to use before sleeping. (Pexels)

    Smartphones play one of the most important and prominent roles in our lives. From waking up to going to bed- the first and last thing we do is to check our phone via various apps. But do you know that using certain apps just before you go to bed can lead you to struggle with your sleep? Well, yes, and on the worst apps to use list are popular ones like Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Snapchat and more. A report by Sleep Junkie has shown that using certain applications just before bed affects sleep quality. As per the report, out of the 2012 Americans surveyed over three quarters that is around 78 percent have admitted to doing a form of ‘revenge sleep procrastination’, using their phones right up until falling asleep, which has a major impact on quality of sleep.

    It is very important to get a quality sleep and let your mind rest in order to keep your mind fit and yourself healthy. Meanwhile, many of you must be wondering what is revenge sleep procrastination? According to sleep expert Dorothy Chambers, ‘revenge sleep procrastination’ is when we delay going to sleep to do other unimportant things that we have not had time to do in the day, and reflects a very poor work/life balance.

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    Sleep Junkie selected some of the world's most popular social media apps to check which had the worst impact on sleep quality. According to the survey, TikTok is the app which impacts sleep quality the most. The users of this video application only spend 14 percent of their sleep cycle in the vital rapid eye movement (REM) sleep phase, almost half of the amount of REM sleep they should be receiving.

    Using TikTok just before going to bed can lead you to take around 1 hour 7 minutes to fall asleep on an average. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter are some of the other application which can impact your sound sleep. Check the list of applications here:

    Worst apps to use list:

    1. TikTok: Users spend 14% of their sleep cycle in REM and it takes around 1 hour 7 minutes to fall asleep on average after using the application.

    2. Instagram: Users spend 15.5% of their sleep cycle in REM and it takes 58 minutes on an average to fall asleep after using the application.

    3. Snapchat: Users spend 16% of their sleep cycle in REM and it takes 56 minutes on an average to fall asleep after using the app prior to bed.

    4. Twitter: Users spend 18% of their sleep cycle in REM and it takes 50 minutes on an average to fall asleep after using the application.

    5. Facebook: Users spend 19.5% of their sleep cycle in REM and it takes 45 minutes on an average to fall asleep after using the app.

    The other applications that are impacting your sleep if you use them before sleeping are Pinterest, YouTube, WhatsApp, Reddit, Tumblr, etc. According to Sleep Junkie, the main reason behind these apps impacting your sleep can be the blue light emitted from your phone screen as it increases your alertness and lead to falling asleep times.

    It further added, "We believe social media apps like TikTok are especially bad as they encourage the release of adrenaline and dopamine, giving us energy and a ‘happy’ feeling. This could be why many of us choose them as our means of ‘revenge sleep procrastination’, even though we know they don’t help us to unwind before bed."

    Therefore if you want a sound sleep, it is advised to not to use any electronics for at least two hours before going to bed.

    Happy trying!

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    First Published Date: 06 Jan, 09:47 AM IST
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