If you’re suffering from leg cramps like me, I hope you find this information useful!
What are leg cramps?
A leg cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes. It often occurs in the legs. Nighttime leg cramps are usually sudden spasms, or tightening, of muscles in the calf. They often occur just as you are falling asleep or waking up.
What causes leg cramps?
So what causes leg cramps? Well, here are some potential reasons…
1. Constant Standing
If you’re like me, you like being on you feet all day. What you don’t like, however, is leg cramps. Unfortunately, standing can be a fair bit of exercise if done constantly, and you’ll probably never stretch before you stand, which can cause leg cramps. This problem even gets worse for woman who have to be in heels all day because they add extra stress to a small area.
Some people cramp from dehydration. When we don’t drink enough water, our body doesn’t get the electrolytes it needs. When your body lacks electrolytes, it doesn’t have the resources needed to prevent sudden muscle contractions, which can lead to painful cramps throughout your body.
Although overall exercise is great for your body, in the short-term it can cause deterioration in your muscles that can lead to cramps. In the couple hours after you exercise, be sure to take extra care of your muscles in order to ensure that muscle exhaustion and soreness doesn’t lead to cramps.
4. Cold Temperature
Although many of us prefer to be in cold temperatures while we’re sleeping, did you know that cold temperatures can actually make you more susceptible to muscle cramps? Although doctors aren’t completely sure, they believe that cold temperatures while sleeping causes muscles to contract, stiffen, and become inflexible, which can cause muscle cramps to occur.
How can you stop a leg cramps?
So how can we prevent leg cramps? Well, here are a couple good ways…
1. Warm Showers
If you didn’t know, muscles usually perform optimally when they’re warm. So if you’re suffering from sore muscles that might be prone to cramping, try taking a warm shower in order to alleviate the soreness. If you want to get even more involved, try dunking the area of your body that’s particularly sore to get an even more pronounced affect.
Here’s a solution that people have no idea how it works. People claim from all over that placing a bar of soap between the mattress and the bottom sheet of your bed will prevent any cramps while sleeping. It doesn’t matter the type of soap or what the ingredients are. People claim that it just works!
3. Pickle Juice
I’m not going to lie. I don’t know anyone that would drink pickle juice voluntarily. Well if you’re suffering from leg cramps, it might just be the best solution for you. When we sweat, the first thing we lose from our bodies is salt. Pickle juice is full of salt, sugar, and vinegar, and reenergizing your body with this solution is a way to quickly alleviate your muscle pains and cramps.
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