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Why Am I Waking Up With Leg Cramps?

There are few things more uncomfortable than waking up with leg cramps at night. Not only is it painful, but it disturbs your sleep. And with that, you’re at a greater risk of starting your day on the wrong foot.


Fortunately, once you’re familiar with the most common causes of nighttime leg cramps, you can take action to protect yourself. Here are a few of the top causes:


  • Dehydration: Not getting enough fluids can lead to muscle cramps, especially in hot weather or after periods of intense exercise.

  • Lack of stretching: Tight muscles can be more prone to cramping.

  • Medication: Some medications, such as diuretics and statins, can cause muscle cramps as a side effect.

  • Poor blood circulation: Poor circulation can result in leg cramps among other health concerns.

  • Specific medical conditions: This includes but is not limited to kidney disease and diabetes.


Once you pinpoint the cause of your leg cramps, take time to consider the potential solutions. For example, if dehydration is the cause, try to drink more water in the hours leading up to bedtime. Or if your muscles are tight, opt for a weekly massage to loosen up.


As you take action, you’ll find that you’re sleeping better and feeling your best as a result.


Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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