Those brutal calf or thigh cramps that keep you from falling asleep or that wake you up in the middle of the night can often be cured with some additions to your diet.
- One of the main causes is dehydration. Pour some water out of a plastic bottle of drinking water (because water expands when it freezes) and put it in the freezer. Take the frozen bottle out, put a Koozie or drink holder on it and you will have ice-cold water to drink during the day. A liter of water per day will make a difference.
- Too much coffee or soft-drinks can strip potassium and magnesium from your body. The old-school treatment is to eat bananas for potassium, but it’s more efficient to take potassium supplements and magesium citrate supplements, especially if you drink a lot of coffee that day.
- Pickle Juice! I have no idea why this works, but just a tablesppon of juice and maybe a pickle or two are an effective quick-response trick. The juice of Wickles Pickles is especially tasty when sipped from a spoon.
- Maybe your all-cotton socks are too tight, and your leg circulation is hindered. Try some polyester blend socks, which have more give. Dr. Scholl’s and Medipeds make appropriate circulation socks.
- If your ankles are puffy, hold one leg in the air by resting it on the knee of your other leg, and let the blood drain back into your body.
- Walk more, and do some leg stretches before bed.
And don’t forget Vitamin A3 supplements, they may help you sleep better over all.