Painful leg cramps can strike at any time, but they seem to happen most frequently when you’re lying down at night. Whether the cramp stops you from drifting off to sleep or wakes you up from a deep slumber, one thing is consistent – it hurts like heck! Leg cramps can last anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes, and while it’s happening, all you can do is try and rub it loose while gritting your teeth through the pain.
There are several potential causes of leg cramps, including dehydration, vitamin or mineral deficiency, lack of exercise, and pregnancy. Each of these issues can be improved with attention to nutrition and physical activity. Pregnancy, of course, just has to resolve in time, but the remedies we’ll discuss can help cut down on your suffering. (Talk to your doctor before starting any supplement or exercise regimen.)
Good health depends on good sleep, and we can help you get it without resorting to dangerous sleep aids. While these medications may knock you out, studies show that the quality of sleep you get under their influence is not actually very restful. The first step is always to make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day. If that doesn’t resolve the problem, here are several other all-natural remedies you can try for those agonizing leg cramps.