When painful leg cramps wake you up in the middle of the night, the condition can be both frightening and confusing.
You might think it’s because of the position you sleep in – but there’s more to know about nighttime leg cramps.
In original interviews, two doctors commented on the causes and treatment options for nighttime leg cramps.
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Here’s what you should know.
What are nighttime leg cramps?
A nighttime leg cramp, more commonly known as a “charley horse,” occurs when the muscles in one leg tense quickly.
A charley horse is a sudden, painful, and involuntary muscle spasm or spasm, according to Health.com. While it usually occurs in your leg, particularly the calf, it can actually occur in any muscle.
A person may wake up to painful leg cramps, Dr. said. Mike Sevilla, family medicine physician at Family Practice Center of Salem in Salem, Ohio.
“Sometimes the cramps last a few minutes, but I have also had patients whose leg cramps lasted longer,” he said.
Who gets leg cramps at night?
Nocturnal cramps become more common as we age and, unfortunately, may become more common, said Dr. Sara Austin, associate professor of neurology at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, told Fox News Digital.
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She is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
If you experience frequent leg cramps, your GP should run a test to make sure your thyroid hormone levels are normal.
Most of the time, nighttime leg cramps just happen — but there are some causes, she said.
Be human. “That is the most common cause. We all get them sometimes,” she said.