Less stress for Dubai residents during Ramadan

New sleep survey reveals details of how Ramadan is changing sleep times, stress levels and mood of Dubai residents

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

In April we learned that Tuesday is the worst time of the week to get a quality night’s sleep.

Now with Ramadan in full swing, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the country is getting less sleep and a poorer quality at that.

A new survey compared how residents did the week before Holy Month began and sized it up with the first week of Ramadan.

The results showed that as a whole, we’re dealing with later bedtimes and are waking up in not exactly the best mood.

Interestingly though, the data shows that we’re less stressed and engaging in more workouts at this time of the year.

The changing data could be a result of reduced working hours allowing more time for people to work up a sweat, with less outlets open in places such as Dubai, it’s likely people are spending more time at home with loved ones.

Looking closer at the details, the study showed that participants got an average sleep time of six hours and 28 minutes. That’s in comparison to six hours and 40 minutes the week before Ramadan began.

People generally are hitting the sack at 12.31am and rising at 7.57am compared to resting their heads at 12.06am and getting up at 7.34am the week before. It may not come as a shock to those who are currently enjoying later start times or earlier finishing times during this period.

Looking at the quality of kip, there was a 2.3 percent decline from the week before and those living in the UAE woke up with a 59 percent mood rating compared to 61 percent in the prior seven days.

On a positive note it seems that the arrival of Ramadan has made us all less stressed than before. According to the figures people in the United Arab Emirates were feeling 3.2 percent less stressed than before Ramadan commenced and 3.3 percent more of those surveyed exercised.

Check out the graphs to see how those in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar did in the Sleep Cycle report which summarized results of 2,058 men and women aged 18-55 years old.

Participants volunteered their sleep pattern information between June 10 and June 24, helping to provide an insight to how the reflective period plays a part in our daily lives.

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