Night legs cramps or nocturnal leg cramps are painful muscle contractions or spasms that occur at night. They usually appear in the lower legs, but they can also be felt in the thighs and feet. The pains is described as severe and sharp and it usually causes the person to wake up. The pain lasts for few seconds or minutes. After the pains is gone, the muscles are still sore and this may continue up until the following night and day as well. Both men and womens, older than 50, are affected by this phenomenon.
Leg cramps vs. restless leg syndrome
Even though both of these phenomenas occur at night while you’re sleeping, they’re not one and the same. Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder which causes an uncontrollable and overwhelming urge to move your legs. While moving the legs, you feels a sense of relief. This is not the case with legs cramps. The main reasons for the occurrence of legs cramps are certain medications, standing on concrete floors, pregnancy, alcoholism, sitting for a prolonged period of time, improper sittings posture, and certain exercises.
How to prevent legs cramps:
Take a warm bath before bed
Do water exercises to build the leg muscles
Stretch the legs before going to bed
Take more potassium and magnesium
Use horse chestnut to improve the circulation in the legs
Wear ergonomic shoes
Put a heating pad to the area where you feel a cramp
How to get relief from the spasms:
Put both legs in front of you and sit on the floors. Next, bend the feet and points the toes toward the knees.
Get up slowly and turn arounds a bit. You can also shakes your legs to better the blood flow.
Rub the regions carefully with circular movements.
Take a tsp of yellow mustards.