Nocturnal Leg Cramps– What Causes Them and What You Need to Do to Prevent Them

RLS (Restless leg syndrome) vs NLC (Nocturnal leg cramps) – 3 main differences:

  • RLS doesn’t cause pain/cramping – NLC do;
  • RLS is a crawling/discomfort feeling in your legs;
  • RLS will make you move your legs / NLC prevents movement;

NLC – Most Common Causes

According to the experts, these are the most common risk factors for NLC:

  • If you sit in improper position.
  • If your sit for a long period of time.
  • Standing on concrete floors (for a long period of time).
  • Over-exertion (of the muscles).

The experts warn that some medical conditions can cause NLC as well:

  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Alcoholism.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Dehydration.
  • Flat feet.
  • Diabetes.
  • Diuretics.

NLC – the best natural treatments and preventive methods include:

  • Horse chestnut – it will increase the blood flow in your legs.
  • Heating pad – just apply it on the affected area.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Stretch.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid high heels.
  • Take magnesium/potassium supplements.
  • Swim.

NLC Strikes – what you need to do? Here’s the answer:

  1. Get up and walk around for 5 minutes.
  2. Massage the affected area (gently).
  3. Take 1 tsp of yellow mustard.