Nocturnal or Night Leg cramps are a common problem that affects the feet, calves, and thigh muscles. They cause sudden, painful involuntary contractions of a leg muscle.
The most common reason for this appearance is lack of physical inactivity, as well many other symptoms like:
– Exerting too much force with the leg muscles.
– Sitting in the wrong posture.
– Standing on concrete floors.
Conditions that can increase the risk of these types of cramps are:
-Intake too much alcohol.
-Use of diuretics, beta agonists and statins.
How to Treat & Prevent Nocturnal Leg Cramps?
– First of all it is most important to stay well hydrated, thus drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day.
– Take a warm and relaxing bath before going to bed in case you feel tightness in the muscles
– Start taking horse chestnut. It will help in increasing blood flow.
– Apply heating pad on the calves or other areas where you feel the cramps.
– Also, lack of potassium and magnesium can cause muscle cramps- take supplementation to eliminate these deficiencies.
– Practise acupuncture.
– Go swimming and engage in water exercises for building leg muscles.
– Perform stretching exercises before going to bed.
– Make sure to always wear shoes which are ergonomically designed. Ladies, avoid high heels.
How to Get Instant Relief from Cramps?
People can suffer from nocturnal muscle cramp attacks that can make them feel paralyzed. If this happens to you, you should follow these tips:
– Extend the legs in front and flex them at the ankles. The toes will point in the direction of the knees. Tug on the feet to get a great stretch.
– Rise up gradually and walk slowly, making sure to shake your legs. This will help in improving blood flow.
– Massage the calves in a circular motion to get relief from the cramps.
– Make sure that the sheets or blankets are not tight and don’t contract your muscles.
– You can take 1 tbsp of yellow mustard to get relief from the discomfort.