Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night with a foot cramp? Or worse, a calf cramp? Not only is it a hassle because its disrupting your sleep, but its also fairly uncomfortable. Medecin.com claims that 95% of people experience muscle cramps at least once in their lives. Here are reasons why these pesky cramps occur and some simple ways to get rid of them or prevent them in the future.
What causes cramps?
- Poor diet
- Strain of the muscle
- Holding a position for a long time
- Salt depletion
- Sleep deprivation
How to prevent cramps?
- Hydrate: Drink water (the average person needs at least 8 glasses of water a day)
- Exercise: active movement for at least 30 minutes a day to get the muscles moving
- Potassium: Eating a banana or some other food high in potassium helps to reduce the amount of cramps and prevent them
One of the best ways to get rid of leg cramps is to put your body weight on the leg/ foot with a cramp and stretching out the muscle is helpful.
The best way to prevent leg cramps is to live a healthy lifestyle: Hydration, exercise, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet.