Here’s why your legs cramp at night and how to stop it from happening again! If painful leg cramps wake you up in the middle of the night, you’re not alone. Up to 60 percent of adults say they’ve experienced leg cramps at night. These annoyances usually affect the calf and foot, although they can also strike your hamstring. And while most adults have experienced them, these cramps appear to be more common after age 50.
Let’s find out why your legs cramp at night and how to stop it from happening again!
Researchers say that our modern lifestyle could be to blame. There’s also evidence that our mostly sedentary lifestyles where we spend big chunks of time sitting or not moving, decreases muscle and tendon length and limberness, which may lead to nigh time cramping. People who spend a lot of time standing, day after day, for example at a job, are more likely to experience leg cramps than sitters.
Also, when the foot rests in a “plantar flexion” position for long periods, even small movements of the feet could trigger a cramp. Researchers also found that dehydration promotes nocturnal cramping. There is a clear seasonal pattern in the frequency of muscle cramps, with higher numbers in summer and lower numbers in winter.
If you’ve ever experienced leg cramps at night, you know how painful they can be. Fortunately, they’re usually not a sign of a serious problem. Watch this video to find out why your legs cramp at night and how to stop it from happening again!
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