Quick question before we get started – have you tried this before? If the answer is yes, then you probably already know that this is not a pleasant experience. You rub your leg and pray that it will be over soon. Sometimes these cramps go away in seconds, but the pain will stay with you for 3-4 days.
Nocturnal leg cramps (experts call them nocturnal leg cramps) appear at night, due to a lack of physical activity during the day. HOW THIS WORKS – Well, experts warn that lack of blood flow to the legs is the most common cause of these cramps.
Like we said, these annoying spasms only last for a few seconds. But unfortunately, this is more than enough to interrupt your sleep. People over the age of 50 are most prone to these spasms. But don’t get us wrong — young adults can be affected, too. Night leg cramps usually affect the calf, but sometimes they can affect the quadriceps muscles as well.
RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) vs NLC (Nocturnal Leg Cramps) – 3 main differences:
RLS does not cause pain/cramping – NLC does;
RLS is a creeping feeling/discomfort in your legs;
RLS will make you move your legs / NLC will prevent movement;
NLC – most common causes
According to experts, these are the most common risk factors for NLC:
If you are sitting in an inappropriate position.
If you sit for a long time.
Standing on concrete floors (for a long time).
Overexertion (of muscles).
Experts warn that certain medical conditions can also cause NLC:
NLC – The best natural remedies and preventive methods include:
Horse Chestnut – It will increase blood flow in your legs.
Heating Pad – Just apply to the affected area.
drink a lot of water.
Avoid high heels.
Take a magnesium/potassium supplement.
NLC Blows – What Should You Do? Here is the answer:
Get up and walk around for 5 minutes.
Massage the affected area (gently).
Take a teaspoon of yellow mustard.