ERIC Number: EJ1137692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Ramadan Fasting and the Propensity for Learning: Is There a Cause for Concern?
Masismadi, Nur Adilah; Lee, Marcus J. C.; Che Muhamed, Ahmad Munir; Chia, Michael Y. H.; Aziz, Abdul Rashid
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v90 n3 p77-85 2017
The literature indicates that glucose deprivation, dehydration, decreased sleep quality and quantity, and mood changes, independently and adversely can influence cognitive functions and therefore learning. The Ramadan fast is an annual religious act undertaken by Muslims where individuals refrain from consuming food and fluid during daylight hours, daily over 30 days. Alteration in eating times and sleep-wake cycles lead to a disruption in the body's daily circadian rhythm resulting in sleep perturbations and mood swings. Consequently, Ramadan fasting is linked to daytime lower glucose concentration, dehydration, decreased sleep quality and quantity, mood swings and elevated subjective feelings of fatigue and malaise. This review highlights how Ramadan fasting potentially poses learning difficulties as a result of the independent and/or combined effects of these factors.
Descriptors: Islam, Beliefs, Eating Habits, Muslims, Sleep, Fatigue (Biology), Learning Problems, Barriers, Metabolism, Educational Practices, Literature Reviews
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