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Night leg cramps happen in your legs and usually wakes you up in the night time. They frequently occurs in the calf but sometimes may occur even in the thighs and feet.
The is not gender specific, can happen to anyone and mostly people with the age of fifty suffer with it.
Here are some main causes and risk factors that might trigger the leg cramps:Overexertion of the leg muscles, sitting for an extended period, sitting inadequately, standing for a long time, working on concrete floors, etc.
This includes: Alcoholism, pregnancy, dehydration, neuromuscular disorders, Diabetes, Flat Feet, Parkinson's Disease, statins, diuretics, beta agonists, etc.
Dehydration can be the leading cause of leg cramps; you should make sure you take enough liquids throughout the day. However, you can also try acupuncture and lose the tightness of your leg muscles. Participate in water exercises to build leg muscles.
1. Place a heating pad on the area affected. 2. Use horse chestnut, because it has been proven to improve blood flow in the body. 3. Take a warm, relaxing bath before going to bed and release the tightness from the muscles. 4. Make sure you consume enough magnesium and potassium because the lack of these minerals can cause leg cramps. 5. Avoid wearing high heels and stretch legs before going to bed.
When it happens in the middle of the night, we feel almost paralyzed. These are some tips that you should try: Massage the affected area gently, making circular motions. See whether the blankets and the sheets are loose enough and they do not make the leg muscles contract. Take a tablespoon of yellow mustard. Walk around and try to shake your legs. Sit on the floor, extend 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.