This Is Why Your Legs Cramp At Night

Nocturnal leg cramps or better known as night leg cramps is condition that occur during night sleep. This medical condition usually affects people who are inactive during the day.

Leg cramps can occur in both men and women and mostly are affected people at the age of 50. These cramps usually happen in the calf but can also occur in feet and thighs. The pain can lasts from several seconds, but in some cases even several minutes. After the severe pain is gone, there is possibility muscles to remain slightly painful for the rest of the night and even during the next day.

Leg Cramps at Night, Different From Restless Leg Syndrome

RLS or restless leg syndrome and leg cramps usually appear during the night and that is the only thing in common between these two conditions.

Read about the differences between leg cramps and the restless leg syndrome:

– RLS causes feeling of soreness or crawling feeling in the legs

– Nocturnal leg cramps include pain or cramps while the RSL does not

– If you move your leg while you experience a leg cramp, you will feel pain, but on the other hand, if you move your leg during RLS, you will be relieved, and that is the reason why you need to stretch it

This Is Why Your Legs Cramp At Night (And How to Stop it From Happening Ever Again)

Causes And Risk Factors of Leg Cramps at Night


Although there is not precise explanation why night leg cramps occur, there are few causes and risk factors which are linked with leg cramps:

sitting inadequately

over – exertion of the leg muscles

sitting for a long periods of time

standing for a long time or working on concrete floors

Statins, diuretics, beta agonists

neuromuscular disorders

endocrine disorders (diabetes for example)

structural disorders (flat feet for example)

Statins, diuretics, beta agonists

What to do When Cramps Occur

People usually feel as paralyzed when night leg cramps occur during the night.

Because of that it is important to know how to help yourself and how to reduce pain after they are gone. Here are some tips:

Sit on the floor, place your legs in front of you, and flex your feet at the ankles. Then, point your toes toward your knees and pull your feet in order to get a better stretch, massage the affected area with circular movements.

Consume a tablespoon of yellow mustard. Get up from the bed and try walking for some time. Shake your legs to improve the blood flow. Make sure that the blankets and the sheets are not too tight and that they do not cause the leg cramps.


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