Ramadan- a time for spiritual introspection, blessing and giving and for a lot us, also a time for extreme caffeine withdrawals!
Coffee, for many, has become a morning staple and year after year we go through the same dread of ‘How will I even function without my cup of coffee (or three)?’.
So how do we minimize the withdrawal symptoms and manage to go about our daily lives in this coming month? Well, here are some of the tips and tricks that I found interesting and useful as I was researching (for a friend of course).
1. Adapt to a new schedule and stick with it
Whether we like it or not, we have to let go of our set schedules and routines in the month of Ramadan and spend major part of the month trying to adjust to new sleep and food cycles. The result is a messed up biological clock and fatigue, made worse by the lack of coffee.
This is why it is important to, within the first 3-5 days of the month, to come up with a schedule that works best for you and to stick with it for the rest of the month! Avoid confusing your body with irregular patterns to help maintain stable energy and productivity levels.
2. Be mindful of what you eat
Ramadan is not complete without elaborate feasts. Overeating in this month is quite common with all the irresistible food like luqaimat, qatayef, fatayer and more. Also, the fact that we are limited to two meals a day/night, doesn’t help with the binging. Overeating, not eating enough or not eating right contribute to the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal like grogginess, fatigue and lack of concentration.
Make sure you even out your meals throughout the non-fasting hours and be sure to include plenty of complex carbohydrates, like fruits and vegetables, to provide you with long-lasting energy throughout the day. Avoid breaking your fast with a cup of coffee; caffeine on an empty stomach rapidly increases acidity, increasing the probability of heartburn and indigestion.
You can look into the many alternatives for coffee that you could have in the later parts of the day, be it decaf coffee, tea or smoothies and always remember to hydrate! And you can always make yourself a post-fatoor cup of coffee.
3. Don’t fall for the ‘Ramadan Laze’
‘Ramadan Laze’ also known as the term people use to excuse mid-day naps, late night naps, or any naps in general. For some reason, it has become quite acceptable to justify laziness and lack of energy in this month. The low energy levels are understandable given the drastic shift in schedules and diets but this can be avoided by incorporating some activity/workout. A morning run or a quick workout can really help to naturally boost your energy without caffeine.