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Do Your Legs Cramp At Night Here is How to Stop it From Happening Ever Again

As many of us, you’ve probably experienced cramps in your legs, despite your age and sex, however people over the 50s are mostly affected.


Leg cramps at night, or nocturnal leg cramps, are actually two phrases about the pain you feel in the calf or the feet and things, which can remain for a few seconds or minutes, normally at night.

As soon as the awful pain is gone, your muscles are still not totally relaxed and feel a little painful throughout the whole night or even the next day.

This event sometimes can be mixed with the restless leg syndrome (RSL), although the single connection between them is the fact that they both happen through the night. But, they are different in numerous ways, such as:

In the case of RLS, if you move your leg you will instantly feel a relief, but in the case of leg cramps, if you start to move the leg you will feel pain, hence you need to stretch it
In the case of RLS, you want to move your leg, however you avoid moving in the case of leg cramps
Opposite from the RSL, night leg cramps lead to cramps and pain
In the case of RLS, you feel crawling and soreness in your legs


Reasons for Leg Cramps at Night

The main reasons that are causing the appearance of leg cramps are not confirmed yet, however here are the potential reasons and risk factors which can cause this condition:
  • inadequate sitting
  • sitting for a longer period
  • long periods of standing, or working on concrete floors
  • muscles fatigue
Moreover, leg cramps can also happen from some medical conditions, including:
  • body dehydration
  • disorders of the endocrine system (diabetes)
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alcoholism
  • diuretics, beta agonists, statins
  • pregnancy
  • structural disorders (flat feet).
How to prevent and treat them

First, you must start from the reason for leg cramps. So, leg cramps can be caused by dehydration, therefore you need to drink plenty amounts of fluids.


You can prevent and relieve this condition in a few ways, such as:
  • acupuncture, in order to relax muscles
  • consume adequate amounts of magnesium or potassium, since muscle cramps can also be a result of mineral deficiency
  • apply a heating pad on the affected areas
  • stretch before you go to bed
  • we recommend to use horse chestnut because it improves the blood flow in your body
  • take a warm, soothing bath before you go to sleep in order to relax the tight muscles
  • do water exercises to strengthen the muscles in the legs
  • always try to wear comfortable shoes, and avoid to wear high heels frequently
What to do in the case of muscle cramps:

When you feel leg cramps during the night, you feel like paralyzed, here is what to do to help yourself and ease the pain as soon as possible.
  • get up from the bed and try to move the leg, shake it or try to walk slowly, in order to stimulate the blood flow.
  • take a tablespoon of yellow mustard
  • try to massage the leg in circular movements
  • always see that your sheets and blankets are not extremely tight, in order to prevent leg cramps
  • stretch – sit on the floor and put the legs in front of you. Next, flex your feet at the ankles and point the toes towards the knees. Pull your feet.