How can I stop my legs cramping?
I get cramp in my legs every night in bed. Is there a cure? I have to jump out of bed almost every night.
Thank you for your question.
Leg cramps are usually caused by a spasmodic reaction in the muscles, usually the legs, and are more prominent onset at night time.
There are many reasons when & why the cramps can occur, and they are experienced due to some of the following reasons;
- Fitness enthusiasts & frequent runner following or during exercise
- Reduced intake of salt and Electrolytes in your diet
- Long periods of time in the same position (for example sitting, driving)
- Not enough physical movement / exercise
- Reduced salts and electrolytes
Things that you may find helpful to assist with management of the muscle cramps.
- Increase the amount of salt in your diet (try to stick to a sea salt rather than a table salt. Please be aware of the guidelines for Salt intake).
- Increase the amount of exercise that you take during in the week.
- Gentle stretches of calf muscles during cramping episodes
- Some people find rubbing the area firmly to reduce the spasm beneficial, with or without a muscle rub.
- An addition of drinking Tonic Water has been reported to be of benefit regarding muscle cramps.
- Some Health food supplements have been reported t aid the reduction of muscle cramps.
We have included the following link if you would like to read more information regarding this condition.
Answered by the Health at Hand nurses