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To sleep better cut down social media: Study

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Health Desk: 07 January 2018: According to a recent research, cutting down on social media could help people in having a better sleep.

Sleep expert Nerina Ramlakhan is urging social media users to cut down on the amount of time they spend on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat as one of their New Year's Resolutions.

The research analyzed the link between social media and sleep deprivation, and the results revealed the two are closely connected.

The study, which questioned more than 2,000 UK residents on their sleep habits, found that 68 percent of Snapchat users said the platform prevented them from sleeping, with as many people admitting to waking up in the night to check their snaps.

Instagram users did not fare much better, with 62 percent claiming that scrolling through the app prevented them from snoozing and more than half of users woke up in the night to check their feeds.

The biggest users of both networks were those aged between 16-24, with 43 percent of this age group admitting to never going a day without social media.

The research also found that a quarter of phone users never go a day without logging on, yet almost a third said they acknowledged the benefits of a digital detox, with 27 percent claiming they felt "calmer" after taking a break from social media.