NLC – What causes it and what you need to do to prevent it
Quick question before we start – have you ever tried this? If the answer is yes, then you probably already know that it’s not a pleasant experience. You rub your leg and pray it’s over soon. Sometimes these cramps go away in seconds, but the pain will stay with you for 3-4 days.
Nocturnal leg cramps (experts call them nocturnal leg cramps) appear at night, due to lack of physical activity during the day. How it works – well, experts warn that a lack of blood circulation in the legs is the most common cause of these cramps.
As we said, these annoying spasms last for a few seconds. But, unfortunately, it’s more than enough to interrupt your sleep. People over 50 are most susceptible to these spasms. But make no mistake, young adults can be affected as well. Nighttime leg cramps usually affect the calf, but sometimes they can also affect the quadriceps.
RLS (restless legs syndrome) vs NLC (night leg cramps) – 3 main differences:
restless legs syndrome (RLS) does not cause pain/cramps – NLC occurs;
RLS is a crawling/discomfortable feeling in your legs;
RLS will make you move your legs / NLC prevents movement;
NLC – Most Common Causes
According to experts, these are the most common risk factors for NLC:
If you are sitting in a bad position.
If you sit for a long time.
Stand on concrete floors (for a long time).
Excessive (muscular) effort.
Experts warn that certain medical conditions can also cause CLN:
NLC – The best natural remedies and preventative methods include:
Horse Chestnut – It will increase blood flow in your legs.
A heating pad – simply place it over the affected area.
to drink a lot of water.
Avoid high-heeled shoes.
Take a magnesium/potassium supplement.
NLC Strikes – What should you do? Here is the answer :
Get up and walk for 5 minutes.
Massage the affected area (gently).
Take a teaspoon of yellow mustard.