From Pain To Lack Of Sleep, Are Nocturnal Cramps an Epidemic…

Do you suffer from night cramps? If you said yes, you are not alone. It is estimated that 60 percent* of adults suffer from nocturnal cramps and spasms daily. What causes this sleep disrupting pain? Often it can be caused by common prescribed medications, while other influences could include problems or treatment associated with cardiovascular, cancer, and neurological disorders.

Finding relief from nightly leg cramps, muscle spasms, and Restless Leg Syndrome is a struggle, as the pain and lack of adequate sleep can be wearing, both emotionally and physically. With so many enduring these nightly hindrances, it is important to know understand what the culprit is.

There is not just one trigger for nocturnal cramping. Many people never get to the root of their problem, however this is an epidemic that needs to be explored. From medications, to how we sit or stand, it is important to uncover the cause of your nightly cramping. Why? It could be something very serious.

This type of cramping has been linked to diabetes and hypothyroidism. It is also linked to Parkinson’s disease and MS (multiple sclerosis). These are serious conditions that should not be overlooked. In addition, neuropathy and myopathy have also been known to cause these type of night cramps. Women who are pregnant may be at risk, and if you are an avid alcohol consumer you may be prone to them as well.

Often standing for too-long (yes stand-up desks do have side effects) and working on concrete floors can enhance cramping or spasms, as can sitting for too long, or over exertion of the muscles. Athletes have been known to have nocturnal cramps after endurance training, especially runners and ballet dancers.

Night cramps and Restless Leg Syndrome are not limited to an age group. Sure, if you are over 65 you are more at risk for Restless Leg Syndrome, however with 50 percent of adults reporting night cramps, there is controversy over quality of life for all adults who suffer. Dr. Nick Romansky, Podiatrist, “My patients report experiencing cramps that last 4 to 15 minutes, that re-occur 2-3 times a week.”

From insomnia to painful incidents that can last nine minutes or longer, the biggest question is how are nocturnal cramps treated?

Some try pain relief patches or Icy Hot (or similar) topical solutions to relieve the pain. Others have turned to heating pads or drug store remedies. The problem? Are any of these actually penetrating the skin? Over-the-counter drugs such as Qualaquin (prescription quinine) have received strong warnings and restrictions by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Do we know enough about the skin, the body’s largest organ, that we can aid in muscular aches, pains, and spasms?  

Where is the Relief for nocturnal cramping and spasms?

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