According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of reasons that many people are awakened by an excruciating leg cramp. For some, leg cramps occur after strenuous overuse from nerve compression, dehydration or prolonged exercise.
Not ingesting enough minerals such as calcium, magnesium or potassium could be another source of the pain. Still, others are simply more at-risk of developing leg cramps.
Older people lose muscle mass, which leaves their calves and other muscles susceptible to overuse that leads to cramping. Pregnant women and people with diabetes, liver, thyroid or nerve disorders feel pain from leg cramps more often than people who do not have any of these health conditions.
You might be among any of the people who suffer from the above examples and are dealing with leg cramps. If so, there are some life hacks that can help you prevent leg cramps before running to the doctor.
The first medications typically prescribed to treat restless leg syndrome are: Mirapex, Neupro and Requip. Additionally, the following home remedies will help you prevent and treat leg cramp for peaceful night’s rest.
1.) Sleep With Irish Spring Soap
Believe it or not, placing an unwrapped bar of Irish Spring in the bed with you can lead to miraculous effects when you get nighttime leg cramps. This old wives’ tale works according to a segment on the Dr. Oz Show.
Live Science reported that Dr. Oz believes the scent of lavender emanating from for soap is an effective way to relax tense muscles.