Can someone help me prove this integrals inequality

$$\int_0^1\sqrt{f^4(x)+\bigg(\int_0^1f(t)\, dt\bigg)^4}\, dx\le \sqrt{2}\int_0^1f^2(x)\,dx$$

where $f$ is a function integrable on $[0,1]$ with real values.

My initial thought was that the inequality is trivial if:

$$\int_0^1f(t)\, dt \leq f(x)$$

but this is not true always. Then I thought with Cauchy-Bunyakovsky-Schwarz inequality for integrals:

$$\bigg(\int_0^1f(t)\, dt\bigg)^4 \leq \bigg(\int_0^1f^2(t)\, dt\bigg)^2\leq \int_0^1f^4(t)\, dt$$

but I don't know if this inequality is true:

$$\int_0^1\sqrt{f^4(x)+\int_0^1f^4(t)\, dt}\, dx\le \sqrt{2}\int_0^1f^2(x)\,dx$$

It might be true, but I don't know how to prove it. I would appreciate any help.


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Notice that for any two real numbers $a$ and $b$, we have:

$$a^4+b^4=2(a^2-ab+b^2)^2-(a-b)^4\leq 2(a^2-ab+b^2)^2$$


$$\sqrt{a^4+b^4} \leq \sqrt{2}(a^2-ab+b^2)$$

Set $a=f(x)$ and $b=\displaystyle\int_{0}^1f(t)\, dt$ to get that:

$$\sqrt{f^4(x)+\left(\int_0^1f(t)\, dt\right)^4}\, dx\le \sqrt{2}\left[f^2(x)-f(x)\int_{0}^1f(t)\, dt+\left(\int_{0}^1f(t)\, dt\right)^2\right]$$

Now, integrate from $0$ to $1$ with respect to $x$ and notice that:

$$\int_0^1\left(f(x)\int_{0}^1f(t)\, dt\right)\, dx=\int_{0}^1f(t)\, dt\int_{0}^1f(x)\, dx=\left(\int_{0}^1f(t)\, dt\right)^2$$

to arrive at:

$$\int_0^1\sqrt{f^4(x)+\left(\int_0^1f(t)\, dt\right)^4}\, dx\leq \sqrt{2}\int_0^1 f^2(x)\,dx$$

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    $\begingroup$ Wow! How did you come up with that? 😃 $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2020 at 0:24
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    $\begingroup$ @MaximilianJanisch, on a side note, I also tried the one with $\sin(e^t)$ you proposed, but that one is much sharper and I think it needs computer work. $\endgroup$
    – LHF
    Mar 11, 2020 at 0:31
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    $\begingroup$ These answers on MathOverflow are pretty cool $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2020 at 22:39

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