Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2019
What are Night Cramps? Night cramps are where the calf muscles, or occasionally the muscles in the feet, suddenly contract during the night causing pain which disturbs sleep. Cramps have been linked with various dietary deficiencies including B vitamin, magnesium, calcium and potassium deficiencies so ensuring that you are eating a balanced diet can help. Cramps have also been linked to the use of diuretics and some other medications, dehydration, diabetes and hormonal fluctuations. Gently stretching or massaging your calf muscles before bedtime can also help. There is a licensed over-the-counter medicine that has been shown to be effective in ameliorating the occurrence of cramps, ask your pharmacist.