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Do Your Legs Cramp At Night? Here is How to Stop it From Happening Ever Again

Numerous people suffer from night leg cramps, regardless of the sex and age, but people over the 50s are the most at risk.

Night leg cramps, or nocturnal leg cramps, are actually two terms about the pain which occurs in the calf or the feet and things, and lasts for several seconds or minutes, usually at night.

When the unbearable pain disappears, the muscles are still not completely relaxed and feel a bit painful during the whole night, or even the day after.

This phenomenon may be confused with the restless leg syndrome (RSL), but the only similarity between the two is the fact that they both occur during the night. On the other hand, they are different in many ways, including:

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  • in the case of RLS, moving the leg will bring relief, and in the case of leg cramps, moving the leg will cause pain, so you should stretch it
  • you want to move your leg in the case of RLS, but you avoid movements in the case of leg cramps
  • unlike the RSL, night leg cramps cause cramps and pain
  • in the case of RLS, you experience a feeling of crawling and soreness in your legs

Reasons for Leg Cramps at Night

The actual reason for the occurrence of leg cramps has not been confirmed yet, but we are aware of the potential causes and risk factors which can lead to this condition:

  • inadequate sitting
  • long periods of sitting
  • long periods of standing, or working on concrete floors
  • over exhaustion of muscles
  • Moreover, leg cramps can also result from certain medical conditions, like:
  • body dehydration
  • disorders of the endocrine system (for instance, diabetes)
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alcoholism
  • diuretics, beta agonists, statins
  • pregnancy
  • structural disorders (for instance, flat feet)

Written by Amy