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How Can I Relieve Nighttime Leg Cramps?

How Can I Relieve Nighttime Leg Cramps?

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Lately, I wake up in the middle of the night with some awful cramps and tension in my calves. Wow! Some of you know how painful are these nocturnal cramps when they hit your leg. However, sometimes it happens to feel the ache for the next day or two.

But what causes leg cramps?
Some people say that leg cramps are the body response to various affections and this really made me raise both eyebrows.
It seems that leg cramps can be caused by many conditions such dehydration or kidney disease, but it also may appear after intense exercising or keeping your leg in an awkward position.

How to get rid of nighttime leg cramps?
If the reason of your nocturnal leg cramps isn’t related with a chronic affection, you can easily release muscle tension with natural remedies.

For starters, I used essential oils to ease intense pain…

  • peppermint or lavender oil

Rub the painful area with one of the above oils. It will relax and soothe the pain caused by muscle cramps.

…after the pain slowed down in intensity I applied the Hot/Cold Therapy…

  • Take an ice pack and apply it to the area that is hurting.
  • This is a great way to relieve the pain from the sore muscle.
  • Heat relaxes the muscle, and is great for tightness and cramping.
  • You can use a warm towel or a heating pad.

…and the last at-home remedy were some easy stretches which helped me a lot in getting rid of the pain. Somehow, the pain was gone and I felt good again.

  • Stand facing a wall with one foot in front of the other, bending your front knee slightly.
  • Keeping your back knee straight and your heel on the ground, lean toward the wall.
  • Hold the stretch, which you should feel right along the calf of your back leg, for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Repeat on the other leg; then stretch both legs twice more.
  • Stand facing a wall with one foot in front of the other, bending your front knee slightly.
  • Bend your back knee, keeping your heel on the ground, and lean toward the wall.
  • Hold the stretch, which you should feel in the lower part of your calf muscle, for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • Repeat on the other leg; then stretch both legs two more times.

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