While you are sleeping, there can appear some pains known as the nightly leg cramps. They can wake you up and they can usually happen as a result of prolonged hours of inactivity of your body.
They can occur in the calf, and they can also cause big pain in your thighs and feet. The worst thing is that you can never know how long will they last. Sometimes, they can last for a couple of seconds, but sometimes they can last for a few minutes. Right after the cramps pass your muscle, soreness may stay the whole night or even until the next day. Leg cramps can occur to both, men and women, and they usually occur in adults that are over 50 years.
While we sleep, restless leg syndrome or RLS can also happen. There are some differences between the nocturnal night cramps and RLS and some of them are: RLS represents more of a discomfort or crawling feeling in your legs; when you move your leg in RLS, it offers relief, but in nocturnal leg cramps does not have the same effect. RLS is also more of a discomfort or crawling feeling in your legs and also, it does not cause pain or cramping, and so on.
The exact cause of nocturnal leg cramps is still not known, but here we are going to present you some potential causes, as well as risk factors and medical conditions which can lead to them:
– Sitting improperly;
– Diuretics, statins, beta agonists;
– Parkinson’s disease;
– Some endocrine disorder, such as diabetes;
– Sitting for prolonged periods of time;
– Standing or working on concrete floors;
– Over – exertion of the muscles in the leg;
– Neuromuscular disorders;
– Structural disorders like flat feet.
When you suffer from leg cramps, they are very uncomfortable and you are almost paralyzed. Because of this, here are some tips of how to properly handle and attack. You need to sit on the floor, extend your both legs and flex your feet at the ankles and point your toes toward your knees. At the end, get up and walk around, or you and also gently massage the area.