Ramadan is on the way and people are getting ready to welcome Ramadan with all their hearts. That being said, there are a few things that we need to be aware of, apart from the do’s and don’ts about fasting, before entering the Holy season. How well do you manage your sleep is yet another thing that you should have an understanding about. Your body is highly dependant on sleep and it is important that you know how to regulate your sleep during Ramadan. Here are a few tips that will help you regulate your sleep pattern this Ramadan.
Find your sleep schedule
You could be a night person or a morning person. But during Ramadan, your sleep patterns determines your energy level and how well you cope up with all the fasting. You need to have a fixed sleep schedule that you would religiously follow for the rest of the season. Stick to the time and go to bed at exactly that time. This will fix your biological clock and get you more organised, while allowing yourself to get the rest your body needs.
Avoid heavy meals before bed time
The temptation to eat heavy before hitting the bed and the struggle to tackle it is real. But heavy meals right before bed time can affect your sleep pattern severely, as you would have trouble having a deep sleep. Even if you eat heavy, wait for at least for two hours before going to sleep. Allow the food to digest, and the light feeling in your tummy could help you sleep better.
This doesn’t mean that you need to vigorously exercise during Ramadan. It could completely drain you of your energy and leave you dehydrated. But it is always good to do mild exercises, something like aerobics to get your body moving. This can elevate your body temperature for about 4 hours. Your sleep will further be induced when your body cools down, due to the presence of Melatonin. But make sure that you do this a few hours before Iftar, so that you won’t have to stay dehydrated and drained the whole day.
Reduce caffeine intake
Caffeine is a little addictive and for some, nothing can make them feel better than a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. When you have to give this up during Ramadan, you may go through irritability, headache and sleep disorders. So it is better to avoid consuming caffeinated drinks during Ramadan, especially before bed time. The best way to cope up with this is to replace them with decaffeinated drinks. This can help you avoid having a hard time falling asleep or avoid any breach in your sleep pattern.
Watch your diet
No doubt that you do have the liberty to eat almost everything that is Halal while breaking the fast after a long day. But be careful about what kind of food you include in your diet. Include food with fibre and protein. Oatmeal with low fat milk, boiled eggs, whole wheat and vegetables etc are ideal to be included in the diet. Try your best to avoid fatty foods like fried food and sweets. You could also buy organic rice and millets in Dubai that can help you stay healthy and fit all throughout Ramadan.
Knowing what works for your body is important, especially during Ramadan. This Ramadan, let’s make sure that we follow a healthy diet, have a perfect sleep schedule, keep our body healthy by exercising and cut down any food or habit that are harmful to our body. May this Ramadan be a month of self-control, prayer, sacrifice and holiness.