Ramadan tip #4: stay on top of your sleep schedule
Ramadan means unusual eating times and for a lot of people that also means unusual sleeping times. Because it’s not possible to sleep in one block of time throughout the night during Ramadan, based on your schedule, you need to find a way to make up for it. Whether that means fitting it in after fajr or some time throughout the morning is up to you (maybe both?). For example, you could plan to sleep as early as possible, let’s say 11pm. Then, you’d wake up at around 3:30am for suhoor and go back to bed at 4:30-5:00am after fajr to sleep again. For some people, that might be until 7am, when they have to get ready for school or work, and for others it might be longer. If you find yourself short on sleep, because let’s face it, it’s hard to go back to sleep after you wake up, eat, and pray, try to fit in a power nap when you can. Power naps are known to be a great way of boosting your energy when you’re tired without going to sleep for hours.
There are many ways you can make sure you’re getting the best sleep possible, so that it at least counts even when you’re running low on it. Try putting away your electronics ahead of your bedtime and make sure the environment around you is dark and quiet. You can also use essential oils such as lavender when it’s time to hit the hay, as they are known for inducing sleep. Try rubbing the oil on your wrists or palms and inhaling from it, rub it on pulse points, or try adding it to your humidifier.
Also, let’s be real, for some people Ramadan means sleeping way too much. Usually because we’re tired and it passes the time, but try to remember that the point of fasting is to continue on with our regular lives. If you’re feeling overly tired, then it might be time to evaluate the foods you’re eating at suhoor and iftaar, and also see what vitamins or nutrients you’re missing.
Whatever way you find that helps you get good long sleep, just know that it’s important you’re getting enough during this month, when sleeping less and more become easier.