Lifestyle behaviour profile during Ramadan: A pilot study

Mini-Oral Presentation A3.21


  • Dalal S. Alharbi Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University
  • Mohammed Alshehri Jazan University
  • Alaa A. Almasud Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University
  • Abdullah F. Alghannam Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University
  • Shaima A. Alothman Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University



Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, Sleep


Background: Lifestyle behaviors such as physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep may be affected by fasting during Ramadan due to numerous factors such as long fasting hours in summer season, cultural shifts in daily activity such as shorter working hours, or shopping in non-fasting hours. Purpose: To assess changes in lifestyle behaviors profile among Muslim adults during Ramadan compared with non-fasting months. Method: A three visits quasi-experimental study conducted among Muslim adults aged 18 years or older. Visits took place as follows: first visit (V1), before Ramadan; second visit (V2), during Ramadan; third visit (V3), after Ramadan. Anthropometrics and vital signs were measured during each visit. Physical activity, sedentary behaviors and sleep were evaluated subjectively using Global Physical Activity Questionnaire and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) respectively, and objectively via ActivPAL (stepping time, standing time, sitting time, sleep time). Data were analyzed using repeated one-way ANOVA or Friedman test. Result: 21 participants (age= 30.6 ± 9.4 years, sex= 15 females /6 males, BMI= 25.8 ± 7.1) were included in the final analysis. Sleep time was different between visits (F=6.8; p=0.004) with mean time spent sleeping 464.5 ± 64.1, 412.8 ± 113, and 474.5 ± 119 minutes in V1, V2 and V3, respectively. Other variables did not reach statistical significance. Conclusion: Ramadan fasting had a significant effect on sleep behavior. Future studies might want to evaluate the effect of promoting healthy sleep during Ramadan on overall lifestyle behaviors profile. Funding: Not funded.



How to Cite

Alharbi, D. S., Alshehri, M., Almasud, A. A., Alghannam, A. F., & Alothman, S. A. (2021). Lifestyle behaviour profile during Ramadan: A pilot study: Mini-Oral Presentation A3.21. The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, 14(3).