Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education In Exercise Science Degree

Department

Health And Human Performance

First Advisor

Wajda, Douglas

Second Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Sparks

Third Advisor

Dr. Emily Kullman

Abstract

Purpose: This study aimed to assess the level of physical activity and sleep patterns in healthy Muslim adults during the month of Ramadan. Methods: Twelve males and seven females took part in this observational study. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used to assess the level of physical activity. The consensus sleep diary (CSD) was used to measure sleep patterns. Assessments were a week before Ramadan, the last week of Ramadan, and the last week of the month following Ramadan. Results: The total activities decreased significantly during Ramadan compared to before and after Ramadan (P< .05). Vigorous and moderate activities were significantly lower during Ramadan (P <.05). There was no statistical differences in walking activity over the study periods. Data showed a significant postpone in bedtime and wake-up time during Ramadan. A significant decrease in wakefulness after sleep onset during Ramadan was reported. No change in total sleep time, nor quality of sleep were found. Conclusion: Data of this study revealed that Ramadan fasting is associated with postpone in bedtime and wake-up time. The total physical activities and sitting time were reduced during the month of Ramadan.

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