Leg cramps can sometimes occur during the night, while sleeping. Mostly these so called “nocturnal leg cramps” are followed with pain during and before the sleep, and most commonly they occur in our calves, but we feel the pain in our thighs and our feet too.
This pain is a lot more common in elderly people, for example for people that over 50 years old, and both sexes are affected equally.
A neurologist at the University of Florida Health, Michael Jaffee reported:
“The balling up of the muscles and the spasm are the ones that are causing this pain to occur, and most commonly it is in the calf. This pain can be there from a few seconds to several minutes, sometimes it can cause soreness for a couple of hours, and maybe a slight discomfort for about 2-3 days.”
Also he added:
“Actually 90% of the nocturnal leg cramps that occur are idiopathic, which means that there is no clear or known reason why they occur.”
The nocturnal leg cramps mostly are triggered by an improper sitting position, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, also over-exertion of your leg muscles and working on concrete floors as well.
There are some medical conditions that are very likely to cause the appearance of nocturnal leg cramps, like alcoholism, magnesium deficiency, pregnancy, neuromuscular disorder, endocrine disorders, structural disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and dehydration. Also they might be triggered by the use of beta agonists, diuretics and stains.
Depending on what caused the leg cramps, they can be treated in many different ways.
Here are some of the most effective and completely natural ways to treat and prevent from nocturnal leg cramps:
- Before going to bed, stretch your legs.
- Optimize your magnesium and potassium levels in your body.
- Use acupuncture to relieve from the tightness in your muscles.
- Put a heating pad on the affected area.
- To increase the blood flow in your legs, use a chestnut.
- Before you go to sleep, enjoy a warm bath to relax your muscles.
- Also before going to bed, to soothe the pain apply magnesium oil on your legs.
- To increase the strength of your leg muscles, try some water exercises.
- Wear some ergonomic shoes, avoid wearing high heels.
Follow these simple tips below, if you are still experiencing this issue during the night:
- To boost your blood flow in the legs, get up and walk slowly around.
- Consume one tablespoon of yellow mustard.
- Extend your legs in front of you, then flex your feet in order for your toes to be pointing towards your knees.
- Apply a little bit of pressure, and massage that area in slow circular motions.