Sleep plays an essential role in maintaining overall health and wellbeing. Lack of sleep and bad sleep quality can result in further complications and risks to your everyday function. According to a sleep technologist at the London Sleep Centre Dubai, “disrupted sleep routine can impact daytime functioning, reducing alertness, causing mood disturbances and creating an increased risk of injury… sleep deprivation also affects hormones in the body which control appetite.”
During Ramadan, with all the activities and obligations that people become occupied with, the first thing we tend to compromise during this month is sleep; both quantity and quality wise. With Suhoor, at very early hours in the morning many people tend to stay up and sleep after sunrise allowing themselves only few hours of sleep until they have to get up again. Naturally, concentration is compromised, hunger becomes heightened and alertness is reduced.
Tips To Help You Sleep Better In Ramadan :
Sleep For 8 hours – naps included
Finding 8 hours straight to sleep can be a challenge in Ramadan. Find time to squeeze in as close to 8 hours of total sleep, even if this includes midday naps.
Avoid eating excessively and avoid fried and sugary foods
Fried and sugar dense foods, like the Ramadan favorites kunafa and sambusak, tend to compromise sleep quality as they are hard for the body to digest so the digestive system ends up trying to digest while you are trying to sleep.
Form a sleeping pattern
Plan ahead, when and where you will be able to squeeze in your 8-hours of sleeps, including the naps. Our bodies function best when they are well rested and they appreciate a sleeping routine.
Check your sleeping environment
Make sure you are sleeping somewhere that is calm and dark, to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Caffeine stays in the body for 7 hours, so if you consume close to when you plan on sleeping, it will probably keep you up longer.