Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Susan from Toronto asks, “I get leg cramps every night when I am sleeping. What can I do about it?”
Nighttime leg cramps are typically characterized by a seizing pain around your calves when you are sleeping. They can be dreadfully painful and in some cases, can disrupt your sleep. Fortunately, they are pretty easy to resolve and usually the result of one of the following imbalances:
- Lack of magnesium which can be the result of insufficient intake or increased excretion
- An imbalance of sodium and/or potassium – this is very common in athletes and in the hotter months when we sweat more frequently
In this episode of S&STV, we discuss what you can do to address each of these imbalances and relieve yourself of those nagging nighttime leg cramps.
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