Why Legs Cramp at Night and How to Stop This

Leg cramps is a condition which occurs mostly overnight, after a long day of inactivity. The most common areas of the leg that can cramp up as a result of this are the thighs the calf, the feet and even the whole leg. The pain usually lasts a few seconds, but in more dangerous cases, it can last up to a few minutes, and after it passes, the muscles will be sore and they will hurt for a while.

Night leg cramps are not to be mistaken with restless leg syndrome, and while they both occur at night, some of the differences are:

  • RLS has no cramps or pain
  • RLS is a feeling of discomfort in the legs
  • Nocturnal cramps limit movement while RLS does not
  • Moving the legs in RLS provides a feeling of relief

While the root cause of this problem isn’t yet known, some of the factors which increase the risk are:

  • Sitting for a prolonged period of time
  • Working on hard surface such as concrete floors
  • Bad sitting posture
  • Alcoholism
  • Dehydration
  • Pregnancy
  • Parkinson’s
  • Neuromolecular issues
  • Flat feet
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine issues
  • Diuretics, beta meds or statins

Treating and preventing this occurrence

While there is no specific treatment for the condition, there are a few things you can do to prevent this:

  • Consume horse chestnut to improve blood flow
  • Take a nice warm bath before going to bed
  • Apply heat pads
  • Try acupuncture to loosen your muscles
  • Consume more potassium and magnesium
  • Stretch before going to bed
  • Ergonomic shoes

However, if you are not ready and this happens, you can always handle it properly and prevent feeling extremely sore afterwards. Just sit down on the floor, extend your legs in the front, flex your feet and ankles and point the toes and tug your feet to stretch up better. Once done, get up walk around slowly and massage the area using circular motions.

Source: www.organichealthhouse.com