Leg cramps also have another name, Charley horse. They are spasms that make you wake up at night and can also happen in the daytime due to workouts like running or cycling. They are harmless most of the time and linked to self-care or discomfort while sitting let’s say. But if this turns to chronic appearance , you must visit the doctor. If the cramps wake you up in the middle of the night, you have weak muscles, pain, numbness, swelling.
This risk gets bigger with age and aging so there is no definite cause and root. Almost ever.
Some of the possible reasons might be deficit in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and some pressure meds, diuretic meds or beta blocker beds.
Such cramps can be linked to metabolic conditions like underactive parathyroid or thyroid. In the metabolism diabetes can also put chaos and cause the cramps.
The leg pain cramp is different in intensity and from one to another it can last 15 seconds. To relieve this:
Rub the muscle
Stretch it for a spasm case
Stand up and put the weight on one leg, while the knee is mildly bent if there is half cramp.
For relief put hot or cold. To soothe tense muscles get ice pack and apply it there.
Apply warm towel on that area, or dip in bath and shower with hot water.
Even though this night cramp might surprise you, there is prevention types.
Hydration – have lots of healthy liquids and water too. Also the muscles will contract easier and be relaxed. Replenish fluids when you lose them, in sports let’s say, and keep with the water after the activity is done.
Stretch before bed – it is important and healthy to stretch and sleep.
Un-tuck covers – right where the legs and feet go loosen the sheets.
Light workouts – you can ride stationary bike than go to sleep.
Right shoes – wear shoes of great quality, since they bear your weight.
Take painkillers like Tylenol and others if these do not help.
Foods to consider having:
- Sea salt
- Pumpkin seed
- Greek yoghurt
- Green leafy veggies