Why do we Feel Tired After Iftar? The Science Behind Post-Ramadan Fatigue

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Muslims in Egypt fast for 14 hours a day during the holy month of Ramadan, only to feel tired and sleepy after Iftar. Sometimes people tend to eat way more than needed during Ramadan, and some might experience fatigue, sleepiness, and even headaches after Iftar. A study, with 16,031 participants, done by the International Headache Society on Postprandial fasting-related headaches during Ramadan in Saudi Arabia concluded that 3,147 (19.6 percent) reported having headaches after breaking their fast in Ramadan. Various studies have investigated the medical reasons why people feel tired after eating a meal. According to Medical News Today, this tiredness is related to when the meal is eaten and how much of it is consumed. Breaking a fast with large quantities of food can shock the body and affect various aspects that may lead to tiredness and sluggishness. Nonetheless, there are ways to combat this effect. One of the ways a person might feel sleepy after a big meal on Iftar is the excessive production of Serotonin. It is a neurotransmitter that affects sleep cycles, mood, emotions, appetite, and digestion and is produced in high amounts when a person…

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