Many people suffer from nighttime leg cramps which occur during night sleep. This condition affects many people that are often active throughout the day.
Leg cramps can happen in both man and women, and often they affect people at the age of 50. In most cases the cramps happen in the calf, but also it could appear in the thighs and feet. The main pain often lasts for few seconds but in worst case scenario it lasts for few minutes. Once the pain disappears the muscles will continue to be painful during the night and throughout the next day.
Don’t get confused the leg cramps at night with the restless leg syndrome. The restless leg syndrome could both occur during the night and that is the only thing that is common for both conditions. Here is a list of differences between these two conditions.
RLS doesn’t trigger cramping or pains, while nighttime leg cramps do
RLS is actually causing uncomfortable feeling in your legs
RLS causes the desire to move the legs, whereas nighttime leg cramps prevents you from moving the leg
The main reasons for nighttime leg cramps happen as a result of:
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