• November 14, 2022

Night cramps what to do when they happen

Night cramps, what to do when they happen

Night cramps are involuntary and sudden, sometimes painful muscle spasms, which occur with a acute painful painful. It is a very common disorder connected to stress or muscle fatigue, changes in temperature, deficiency of mineral salts (magnesium and potassium).

The muscle, in fact, after prolonged efforts, no longer receives the right intake of oxygen and mineral salts it needs to allow the extension of muscle fibers and therefore remains contracts causing acute and localized pains in the muscle area.

The cramps are mainly borne by the calf or the sole of the foot and the subjects who suffer most are the elderly, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and sportsmen.

They occur mainly after exercise or during sleep hours (in the latter case they are particularly annoying because, in addition to pain, they compromise sleep and a correct rest, even if they last a few seconds).

In some cases, however, muscle cramps can last up to 10 minutes but the pain can continue even the next day and this is obviously very annoying as well as painful.

To pass muscle contracture, You have to spread the muscle manually and very slowly, maintain the maximum extension position for 10-15 seconds and then release it, always slowly.

Or you can take a hot bath with the addition of a little kitchen salt that helps to relax the muscles, absorb lactic acid and pass the pain.