Health & Wellness in Ramadan: A Guide for Students

With Ramadan already underway, the AIU community is fully immersed in this sacred month of fasting, reflection, and growth. For students observing Ramadan, finding the right balance between academics, personal commitments, and spiritual activities is essential. Here are practical tips to help you maintain your health and wellness during this period, ensuring a fulfilling experience alongside your studies.


Hydration is Key

Hydration is crucial during Ramadan, especially as the days grow longer. Make it a priority to drink ample water between Iftar (evening meal) and Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) to avoid dehydration. Including water-rich foods in your meals, such as fruits and vegetables, can also aid in maintaining good hydration levels.

Balanced Meals for Sustained Energy

Nutrition plays a significant role in how you feel and function during the fasting hours. Suhoor, in particular, should include complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats to help sustain your energy throughout the day. When breaking your fast with Iftar, begin with light foods like soup or dates before moving on to a well-rounded main dish.

Study and Sleep Strategies

Adapting your study habits to fit your fasting schedule can enhance your productivity and focus. Many students find that their concentration is higher after breaking their fast, making post-Iftar hours ideal for tackling challenging assignments or revising. Early mornings, following Suhoor, can also be a quiet time for study. Prioritize sleep by creating a consistent nighttime routine and consider short naps during the day to catch up on rest.

Stay Active, Wisely

Engaging in light to moderate exercise can be beneficial during Ramadan, but timing is crucial. Opt for activities such as walking, light jogging, or yoga after Iftar or in the early morning before Suhoor to ensure you're adequately hydrated and fueled.

Mental Health Matters

This month is also a time for mental and spiritual rejuvenation. Engage in meditation, prayer, and activities that relax and fulfill you. Connecting with family and friends, even virtually, can offer additional support and companionship during this period.

Utilize University Resources

Our university is here to support you through Ramadan. If you're seeking academic assistance, counseling, or need support, we encourage you to reach out. We're committed to ensuring that all students have the resources they need to thrive during this holy month.


As we continue to navigate Ramadan, let’s stay mindful of our health, both physically and mentally. If you would like to utilize the campus health & wellness facilities, make sure to visit the Student Life page. Feel free to speak with members of the Athletics Center for more tips on how to stay active & energized throughout this month. 

May this Ramadan bring peace, health, and prosperity to all.

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