The body is an amazing specimen. We rely on it for literally every single thing we accomplish throughout our day. But, that doesn’t mean that we won’t experience some discomfort from time to time! Our bodies are far from perfect machines.
We’ve all gotten a random leg cramp in the middle of the night. While they’re super annoying, they’re often harmless and go away on their own. But if this keeps happening, how are you supposed to sleep?
Luckily, these quick fixes are here to stop your cramps before they start. And the best part? They use things you already have in your home!
Cause #1: Most of us, at some point or another, have experienced a painful leg cramp, especially at night. You may not know exactly why it happens, but there are several things you can do to prevent them. First, stay hydrated. Sweating causes you to not only lose water weight, but electrolytes, and a lack of electrolytes can cause cramping.
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Cause #2: You might be getting cramps due to a lower temperature. When you’re cold, the muscles in your entire body contract and stiffen to try to generate heat. All that contracting can make muscles so tense that they cramp.
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Cause #3: Standing all day could definitely cause some cramps. Standing for an extended period of time puts a strain on leg muscles over the rest of the body, and all that extra stress can lead to cramped, aching legs.
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Cause #4: If you’ve been exercising a lot, then get ready for a leg cramp. Similar to standing all day, exercising for long periods of time can cause the muscles in legs to be overworked. This combined with losing electrolytes through sweat is the perfect combination for cramping.
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Now that you know some of the causes, get ready to learn how you can stop painful leg cramps before they become a problem…
Remedy #1: If your leg starts to cramp, fear not! Simply put a bar of soap between your sheets. It’s unclear exactly why this remedy works for so many people, but placing a bar of soap in between your sheets at night has been reported to help eliminate leg cramps.
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Remedy #2: Take a hot shower. The warm shower water soothes aching, tired muscles, which relaxes them. This can help cramps disappear as they slowly begin to contract less and less. Plus, a warm shower just feels great anyway!
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Remedy #3: If your cramp is really hurting, you should… drink pickle juice! This one sounds gross, but the salt and sugar in pickle juice can work wonders for cramps, which are caused mainly by a lack of these two things.
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Remedy #4: If all else fails, eat a banana. You wouldn’t think it, but the potassium in bananas is exactly what you need to combat painful leg cramps. It helps fight muscle contractions and can keep you pain-free at night!
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These tricks might sound odd, but anything is worth a try when you’re in pain, right? The next time you wake up with a cramp, reach for the bananas and pickles!
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