Understanding and Managing Leg Cramps During Sleep: Causes, Prevention, and When to Seek Medical Attention

02:48 PM Wednesday 27 September 2023

Written by: Yasmine Al-Sawy:

Leg cramps are painful, involuntary muscle contractions that can last for seconds or minutes, and may occur during sleep, causing the person to suddenly wake up in severe pain.

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Some health conditions and medications contribute to leg muscle cramps, and there are also risk factors that should be avoided, according to the My Cleveland Clinic website.

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Why does myopia occur during sleep?

There are a number of reasons why muscle cramps occur during sleep, and they usually include the following:

– Sitting for long periods (such as office work all day).

– Overuse of muscles.

– Standing or working on concrete floors.

– Sitting in bad posture during the day.

– Kidney failure.

Nerve damage resulting from diabetes.

– Mineral deficiency in the body.

– Blood flow problems.

How to avoid muscle tension while sleeping?

1- Do leg exercises during the day, and take a light walk or bike ride right before bed.

2- Drink 8 glasses of water daily and avoid alcoholic drinks and caffeine.

3- Take all vitamins and medications that help relax muscles, exactly as prescribed by the doctor.

4- Place a warm water bath on the legs before sleeping, and massage them.

5- Try different sleeping positions to see if one is better than the other

6- Keep the toes raised if the person is lying on his back.

7- Use a pillow to keep the toes facing up.

8-Perform leg extension exercises frequently.

When should you visit a doctor?

There are some signs that indicate the need to visit a specialist doctor immediately, including the following:

– Muscle tension in other parts of the body.

-Severe pain with swelling or numbness in the leg.

-Changes in the skin of the leg.

– Waking up repeatedly due to muscle tension that prevents you from getting enough sleep.

-Suffering from nerve, liver, kidney or diabetes problems.

2023-09-27 11:49:53

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