5 ways to stop nighttime leg cramps

Tired businesswoman working overtime at home at nightThere are a lot of things that can interrupt your sleep. A bad mattress, a snoring partner, bad dreams, insomnia—the list goes on and on. But one of the most annoying and painful sleep interruptions can be leg cramps, and they can be very common at night.

Some people are more prone to cramps at night. Some of the risk factors include:

  • Too much sitting
  • Dehydration
  • Overworked muscles
  • Too much standing
  • Wearing footwear that isn’t supportive
  • Varicose or spider veins

You may also be more prone to leg cramps if you suffer from medical conditions like diabetes, Parkinson’s and other illnesses and disorders. Even if you don’t have any of these risk factors, a painful leg cramp can still strike during the night. How can you stop this from happening? Try a few of these tips:

  • Stretch before bed. Leg cramps occur when the muscles contract. A quick stretching session before bed can loosen up tight muscles.
  • Drink lots of water. Dehydration can cause muscle constriction. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages a few hours before bed.
  • Take a cold shower before bed. Your blood vessels shrink in cold temperatures. Cooling down before you sleep can help cut down on swelling and leg cramps during the night.
  • Use loose covers. As lovely as it can feel to swaddle up in your sheets during the night, the constriction can be hard on your body. Loose bedding will help you feel more comfortable.
  • Eat a banana. The old wives’ tale is true! Bananas can help combat cramps. They are a rich source of potassium which can help stop cramps before they start.

Nighttime leg cramps are painful and can interrupt your sleep. There can be many reasons why you may be experiencing them, and vein issues may be one of the reasons. If you are continually suffering from cramps, especially in the same area of your legs each time, it could be a sign of an underlying vein problem.

Book an appointment with us, and our doctors will perform an examination and ultrasound to check for any signs of vein disease. They can then recommend treatment to deal with the problem. Stop letting painful leg cramps wake you up at night. Let’s get you checked out!