Saturday,23 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1347, (1 - 7 June 2017)
Saturday,23 February, 2019
Issue 1347, (1 - 7 June 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Fasting during exams

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

 Fasting during exams
Fasting during exams

We’re once again in Ramadan, a blessed time of year and a month that revolves around the purification of the mind, body and spirit. Interwoven with its religious essence, there’s a festive atmosphere in Ramadan that pulses through every street and alleyway, with strands of sparkling lights and gorgeous, handcrafted lanterns swaying over every doorway.

However, this Ramadan brings challenges for some families as it coincides with the school exam season. Fortunately, Ramadan can have a positive effect on exams, but only if one manages time wisely.

Here are some tips to help fasting students do the best in their exams:

- Eat balanced meals. Suhur is essential for students as it replaces breakfast during the month of Ramadan. It should be filling enough to sustain energy for many hours. It’s important to include slowly digested foods, including complex carbohydrates and fibre-rich foods like grains, barley, wheat, oats, cereals, semolina, beans, lentils, potatoes with the skin left on, all types of bread and breakfast cereals, vegetables such as green beans and fruit such as apricots, prunes or figs. All of these will help release energy slowly during fasting and are also digested slowly.
For iftar, this could include dates following the Prophetic traditions, some protein from meat or fish or lentils, and vegetables. Try to eat as you would normally but in moderate amounts, and eat plenty of fat and sugar.

- Drink lots of water between iftar and suhur. It is good to sip small amounts of water whilst praying, doing revision, reading and other activities to keep you strong during the long fasting hours. Drinking plenty of water will also prevent headaches or dehydration, and this can help overcome any concentration or revision difficulties.

- Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and stimulates water loss. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid caffeine-based drinks like tea, coffee and Cola.

- Sleep well and try to rest as much as possible. Try to sleep as much as you can at night as this will help keep your sleeping patterns as regular as possible during Ramadan. Schedule short power naps and take the opportunity to rest when you can. Avoid the dehydrating effects of sitting in hot sunshine. Don’t do too much physical activity such as sports.

- Plan your day ahead. It’s essential to develop a timetable that works for your commitments. Check the examination timetable carefully the night before an exam. Prepare your clothes, schoolbooks, pens and so on in advance to avoid rushing in the morning. Finally, you can use breaks from studying in a spiritual way by reading the Quran or praying.

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