Nighttime leg cramps are involuntary contractions of the thigh, calf, and feet muscles. They can be very painful and they are not the same with restless leg syndrome. This is another painful condition which prevents the movement of the legs while nighttime cramps last for a couple of seconds or minutes and one is able to move the legs.
The most common triggers of this problem are magnesium, iodine, calcium, and potassium deficiencies as well as pregnancy or dehydration.
How to Avert Nighttime Cramps
- Be physically active and avoid sitting or standing for a longer period of time. Make time to move the body in order to remove the pressure from the muscles and relax them.
- When you wake up with a leg cramp, try to stretch the muscle.
- You should drink enough water to keep the body hydrated at all times.
- Acupuncture of massages can be of great aid in preventing leg cramps.
- Consume more magnesium because this mineral is necessary for the optimal functioning of the muscles.
- Eat more seeds, nuts, dry fruits, bananas, and avocados because they are rich in magnesium.
- Make your own magnesium oil at home and use it to massage the leg muscles before bed. To prepare it, you need to boil ½ a cup of water and add a ½ cup of magnesium chloride flakes and leave the mixture to cool down before you transfer it into a spray bottle.
- Epsom salt baths can be highly beneficial for the muscles and they will lower the chances of cramps.