Rabat - Ramadan in Morocco means lower productivity and shorter sleeping hours, says a survey conducted by the High Planning Commission (HCP).
Rabat – Ramadan in Morocco means lower productivity and shorter sleeping hours, says a survey conducted by the High Planning Commission (HCP).
According to the survey titled “the effects of Ramadan on the schedule of Moroccans and consumer prices” published on Monday, the productivity of Moroccans declines in Ramadan by 23% as a result of shorter sleeping hours (-37 min) and the change in behavior during Ramadan.
96 % of Moroccans break their fast around 20h00 and get up in the early morning hours for the Suhur meal (54 % of them have the pre-dawn meal at around 3h30 in the morning), while 29 % of Moroccans have dinner at around 23h00.
The survey, conducted by HCP in 2012, has found that this change in behavior during Ramadan results in shorter sleeping hours, which can cause Moroccans to become less productive, bad tempered and more sluggish later on the day.
However, as productivity drops in companies, governmental institutions and production facilities, it is not at all the case in Moroccan households. According to HCP, time allocated for domestic activities and household chores tend to increase during Ramadan.
The survey has found that Moroccan women in this month spend forty-seven minutes more on cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc., especially as Moroccans in Ramadan tend to consume more and purchase more than they actually need.
During Ramadan, the survey has found, Moroccans tend to do more religious activities and take time for activities related to the holy month during which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sexual activities from dawn to dusk.
According to the survey, religious activities increase substantially (59 minutes more, a twofold increase in comparison to other months), especially among men (+128%).
More Moroccans tend to go to mosques during Ramadan (82 % against 67% for the other months), the HCP survey has found.
Ramadan is also a time when television is being watched a lot. Each Moroccan spends 2h26mn as a daily average watching television, more than a quarter of an hour compared to the other months of the year. 53 % of Moroccans watch television during peak hours, usually straight after the Iftar meal.
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