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For working professionals in Dubai, Ramadan can present some unique challenges. The long daylight hours can make fasting difficult, and disrupted sleep patterns can lead to fatigue. However, with a few practical adjustments, you can still maintain your productivity at work.

Debunking the myth

It’s been disproven that fasting will make you too tired to work effectively. According to Lessan et al. (2018), maintaining performance levels during fasting periods necessitates crucial adjustments in sleep and nutrition, enabling individuals to continue their activities effectively. Here are some tips for staying focused and energized throughout the workday:

Planning nutritious meals for Suhoor and Iftar

Eating nutritious meals at Suhoor and Iftar will help you have the energy you need to get through the workday.

Optimize Your Sleep Schedule

Many people experience disrupted sleep patterns during Ramadan due to Suhoor meals. Here are some practical strategies for getting quality sleep:

  • Establish a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends: This will help to regulate your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine: A relaxing bedtime routine can help to signal to your body that it is time to wind down for sleep.
  • Minimize screen time before bed: The blue light emitted from electronic devices can interfere with sleep. Avoid using electronic devices for at least an hour before bed.

By following these tips, you can thrive during Ramadan and maintain your productivity at work.


Lessan, N., Saadane, I., Alkaf, B., Hambly, C., Buckley, A. J., Finer, N., Speakman, J. R., & Barakat, M. T. (2018). The effects of Ramadan fasting on activity and energy expenditure1. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107(1), 54–61. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqx016

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