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1 Ramadan Time for Reflection & Compassion Tips for Safety & Health

2 Diet and Sleep habits change during Ramadan ò If in good health, your body will slowly adjust. Here are some things you can do to help.

3 ò Not drinking or eating during daylight hours is a big change for most of us. ò Fasting can cause temporary low blood sugar and dehydration. Diet Change - How does it affect us?

4 Low Blood Sugar ò Occurs when the sugar (glucose) in the blood drops to a lower than normal level. ò Can be caused by fasting. ò What you might feel : tired, irritability, headache, faint or light-headed, hunger, loss of concentration.

5 What you can do: ò because our body does not digest food well at night, even if we stay awake. ò Use Iftar to eat a healthy diet shortly after nightfall and eat well at Sahoor

6 ò Foods that provide energy ò Pasta, rice and potatoes ò Whole grain breads and cereals ò Fruit and vegetables ò Fish, lean meats ò Soybeans, tofu and beans ò Skim or low-fat milk and cheese products. Eating well

7 ò Difficult to digest, avoid at night ò Fatty meats ò Fried foods ò Pastries ò Potato and corn chips ò Pizza ò Whole milk dairy products Eating poorly

8 Dehydration ò Dehydration occurs when the amount of water in the body falls below normal, which can disrupt the balance of sugars and salts (electrolytes)

9 Dehydration ò What you may notice: ò Darker yellow urine ò Weakness, fatigue ò Feeling faint or lightheaded ò Headache ò Intense thirst ò Dry or sticky mouth

10 ò Drink lots of water after Iftar and at Sahoor (try for 8-10 glasses in total) ò Drink WATER. Our bodies cannot use other drinks properly. We only absorb only 50 to 60 % of fruit juice and only 20 to 30% of soda. What you can do

11 ò Use Sahoor to ensure you have satisfied your need for water before the new day begins. ò Avoid Coke/Pepsi/soft drinks that contain caffeine. ò Caffeine dehydrates you - avoid it, even coffee, in the morning.

12 What are your experiences? n n Discuss now your previous fast experiences during Ramadan. What works for you, what doesn’t work?

13 Sleeping ò In addition to fasting, sleep habits often change during Ramadan. ò We may stay up late at night or get up early in the morning for Sahoor.

14 How will I feel? ò If you have not had enough sleep you might feel : ò impaired performance ò irritability ò lack of concentration ò daytime drowsiness ò You might also be: ò less alert and attentive ò unable to concentrate effectively

15 Real problems through lack of sleep ò The most common consequence is sleeping behind the wheel. ò One third of all drivers will fall asleep at least once in their lifetime. ò The annual cost of car accidents: ò US $30 billion ò 100,000 crashes ò 71,000 injuries ò 1,500 fatalities

16 How much sleep do I need? 1234 5678 9 Hours of Sleep Prior Night 0 Dangerously Drowsy Reduced Alertness Slightly Impaired Peak Alertness

17 Seven to Eight Hours of uninterrupted sleep is important to everyone’s health and well-being.

18 How much sleep do I need? ò There is a sleep “bank account” ò The effects of lack of sleep build up after each night of not sleeping well or not sleeping enough ò If one night you don’t get much sleep, try to make up for it the next night. ò Recovery Days - Take it easy the first day off and catch up on your sleep.

19 What are your experiences? n n Discuss now your previous experiences during Ramadan. Did you get less sleep than normal? If so, how did you handle your sleepiness during the day?

20 High Risk Times You are most at risk for safety problems caused by fasting/poor sleep at these times: ò While Driving ò Between 12 noon and 3 p.m. ò The first few days of Ramadan ò Your first two days working after days off ò Near the end of the work day ò When activity levels are high in your work area

21 Preventing accidents means caring for each other ò Work with your team / crew members to help each other when feeling tired. ò Let your supervisor know when you don’t feel “up” for a hazardous task ò Talk about hazards and make sure everyone is aware of them!

22 Summary ò The effects of fasting, low blood sugar and dehydration, can add to lack of sleep and place you at risk of an accident. ò There are steps we can take to improve and protect our physical health during Ramadan. ò By communicating hazards and letting others be aware of our physical condition we can work together to stay safe. ò Be careful on the road of other driver’s physical condition. ò Stop vehicle when feeling sleepy! ò Don’t be late when leaving to break fast - Speed kills!

23 Additional Points on Ramadan n Employees work schedule (Work hours, assigned task) n Employees fasting, sleep deprivation (Encourage employees to look after each other during this high risk period.) n Avoid travel to and from work during Iftar. (Change shift hours, provide food to break fasting at facility or location) n Educate new employees to laws regarding eating, drinking, smoking in public…… be respectful of others observing Ramadan


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