Thursday, May 19, 2016

Many people have been in this situation: After a long day at work, you get into bed and are happy to fall asleep. But suddenly your leg cramps up and you experience a lot of pain, making it impossible to sleep. But where do the cramps come from? In fact, there are many reasons why the unpleasant pains occur. We'll tell you where the pains come from and how you can reduce them.
1. You're cold at night
This is really a double-edged sword because actually it's better for your sleep cycles if the room isn't too warm. The best thing to do is to leave a window slightly open (but of course not when it's freezing cold outside) and make sure that your legs are under the cover. It's unclear why cold legs cause cramps but some theories suggest that muscles contract and cramps result from bad circulation.
2. Exercise
Of course, it is important to exercise on a regular basis and to look after your health. Generally speaking, strong muscles are less susceptible to cramps but shortly after working out you can experience cramps sometimes, if you don't stretch properly.
3. Lack of water
If your body is dehydrated, it tends to get cramped. And since your legs are one of your largest muscles, they are particularly susceptible. If you sweat from exercise and don't drink enough water, your muscles will cramp up. If you sweat a lot, you should also make sure to consume electrolytes that you can find in sports drinks.
4. Standing the whole day
People who have to stand all day long due to their jobs are particularly at risk, because their legs are exposed to constant stress. If you have to wear shoes with high heels, you're definitely going to feel it in your legs at some point. Here it helps to take a break from standing and to avoid wearing very high heels.
5. Eat a banana
Even competitive sportsmen swear by this natural kick. Bananas have a lot of magnesium which supports the development of muscle and contributes to relaxing your body after exercise. And they are delicious too!
6. A bar of soap
This trick might sound a little mysterious at first but it really works. Try to put a bar of soap between your bed sheets and the mattress. It sounds totally unbelievable but thousands swear by it.
7. A warm shower
This goes in the same direction as warming up before exercising. If your muscles are warm, the blood vessels expand and more blood and oxygen can be transported to the muscles. This is why a hot bath or shower can help combat cramps. It's best to stretch beforehand.
8. Pickle juice
Many people will think it's disgusting at first but the juice from pickles is really good for you. The reason lies in the electrolytes. The juice from pickles is full of them. The mixture of salt, vinegar and sugar is ideal to whip your electrolytes into shape.
Wow, the soap thing sounds a bit strange. But if you follow these tips, your nighttime cramps will be a thing of the past in no time.