For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

What Causes Leg Cramps In Your Sleep?

Have you ever got up in the middle of the night because of leg cramps bothering you?

If yes, then do read on to know more about the possible causes of night-time leg cramps.

The stiffness that you feel in your calf or foot is referred to as leg cramps. And before you begin to fret, let us tell you that this is a highly common problem among the masses.

While these usually last for a few minutes, they can cause a great deal of discomfort in that time period. Also, this painful problem can completely ruin your sleep.

Though this condition might seem like a non-serious harmless one, at times, it could be an indication of a repressed health issue.

Specially, if you've been experiencing it quite frequently, then you must check with a doctor to get a diagnosis done at the earliest.

Most people dismiss it as a random and mysterious issue, but it is imperative to know about the causes of these leg cramps.

So, today at Boldsky, we've compiled a list of causes of night-time leg cramps. Take a look at them.


1. Dehydration

The most common cause of night-time leg cramps is dehydration. Lack of fluids in the body can put extra pressure on your muscles. This could lead to legs cramping up in the middle of the night.


2. Hypothyroidism

People suffering from hypothyroidism often experience leg cramps during the night time. It is one of the main causes of muscle cramps, fatigue and weakness in general.


3. High Blood Sugar Level

High blood sugar level is another cause of night-time leg cramps. People suffering from this might experience this problem. It is important to keep the blood sugar level under check to keep the problem of leg cramps at bay.


4. Side Effect Of Medications

Night-time cramps in the leg could be a side effect of certain medications. So, if you've been on some medication, then you must consult your doctor.


5. Exhaustion

Over-exertion can cause muscle fatigue, which in turn can lead to leg cramps. Or, at times, rigorous workouts can also cause cramping up of the legs during night.


6. Muscle Fatigue

Weakness or fatigue in the muscles are also known to be a cause of night-time leg cramps. Muscle weakness could be a non-serious issue, but if it is persistent, then it could be an indication of a more serious issue.


7. Nutritional Deficiency

Deficiency of essential minerals like potassium, sodium, etc, can also be one of the main reasons of night-time leg cramps. Lack of any of the important minerals can put pressure on the muscle cells.

Story first published: Thursday, June 30, 2016, 20:15 [IST]
Read more about: wellness muscle
Desktop Bottom Promotion