Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. It’s the time of the month to purify the body and soul, refocus on Allah and practice self-restraint. You have to refrain from evil thoughts, actions and words. It’s a time to forgive the people who did you wrong, get rid of bad habits and strengthen your family. Food and drinks are not allowed during daytime hours. Not to mention, it is mandatory for bid 5 times a day and the most important time to pray is during the night and morning pray: Tarawih. The tremendous life changes mess up with the whole sleep system that you were used to. This can cause laziness, sleepiness and mood swings during the day. With a little care and discipline you can minimize the impact.
One of the problems that can arise is overeating at night. The three meals a day are replaced by two meals. It’s very tempting to eat heavier, richer and fatter. You also tend to drink more fluids since you’re not allowed to drink during the day. This can lead to digesting problems or it makes you want to sleep directly after the meal, which is unhealthy. In addition with increased night activities, you metabolism changes resulting in higher body temperature and reduce sleep. The number of hours of sleep can also be reduced since you have to get up and pray.
Small studies have shown that there is no difference in the amount of sleep during the Ramadan and other months. The difference is in the wake up and sleeping time. Sudden change in the waking and sleeping schedule can cause sleepiness during the day and mood swings.
Dr Nizamuddin Gulsha, specialist at Medicine clinic Mirdif advise for those who are fasting to avoid sleeping in the morning. Studies have shown that daytime sleepiness peaks between 2 and 4pm during the Ramadan. It is acceptable to take a nap in the afternoon but not to sleep in the mornings.