If your leg cramps make you stay up all night, this article is for you. These cramps are also known as nocturnal leg cramps as they happen commonly during the night.
These muscle cramps mostly happen in the calf and feet, but occasionally they can also affect your thighs. This pain is known to be so severe that it wakes you up from sleep and can also cause your affected muscles to feel tight.
These cramps may last from a few minutes to the whole night. If you suffer from these horrid leg cramps, here are some of the possible explanations for the same.
According to Dr Scott Garrison, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Alberta, these cramps are more common in summer than in winter.
Explaining the reason behind the same, he adds, “These muscle cramps are caused by nerve issues-not muscle disorders. Nerve growth and repair might be more active in summer because of higher vitamin D levels. When your Vitamin D level peaks, your body may engage in ‘sped up’ natural repair, which could trigger these cramps.”
Your nocturnal leg pain can also be a result of dehydration. This is because dehydration may cause electrolyte imbalances in blood, resulting in cramps. So the next time your leg pain wake you up at night, sip some water.
Deficiency of nutrients
A lot of times it is the nutrient deficiency that causes those dreaded cramps. Make sure to get your calcium, magnesium and potassium levels tested to check for any imbalance.
Your hardcore leg day may be the link to your nocturnal leg cramps. According to the authors of a study printed in the journal Current Sport Medicine Reports, overuse of skeletal muscles and fatigue can cause cramping.
Standing all day
If you spend the majority chunk of your time standing, chances are you are going to experience leg pain later that night.
One explanation for this may be that when you stand, blood and water tend to accumulate in your lower body which may result in fluid imbalance and further causing cramping.
If you have touched 50 and experience frequent leg pains, it is your ageing that may be causing it. As you touch the early 50s, you start losing motor neurons and the cramps get more common.
Certain illness like arthritis, diabetes, hypertension and even depression could lead to cramping. Research points towards the fact that these conditions may disrupt your nerves, causing pain in your legs.
If you are pregnant, chances are it is your disrupted circulation and gained weight which is causing leg cramps. According to the American Pregnancy Association, it may also be a possibility that the pressure placed by the growing fetus on mother’s nerve causes cramping.
Sources: Times Of India