These cramps are not serious and they affect the leg muscles by tightening them up and causing pain. This happens during sleep and mostly in the calves, thighs, and feet. It can last a few seconds or minutes. Sometimes it goes away and other times it lasts the whole night.
Leg cramp versus restless leg syndrome
Both of these have only 1 thing in common – at night occurrence. The restless legs are painless and feel just like a discomfort/crawl in the legs. When you move this leg, it eases up, while cramps don’t.
Leg cramps reasons:
- Bad sitting posture
- Concrete floors standing
- Sitting a long time
- Some workouts
Such cramps in legs can be medical issues like dehydrating, endocrine problems, neuromuscular issues, liver disease and Parkinson’s.
Treating and preventing
Here are some tips:
- Warm bath before sleeping
- Water exercises for legs
- Stretching legs
- Magnesium and potassium supplements
- Horse chestnut for better blood flow in legs
- Ergonomic shoe
- Heating pad
To resolve night spasms follow these advice:
Sit on the ground and extend legs in front of you. Flex the feet and pull toes toward the knees.
Pull the feet to stretch them more. Then shake up legs and increase blood flow. Rub in circular motions. The covers and sheets shouldn’t be tight. Eat a tbsp. mustard.