Weather changes, over use, lack of activity, these are just a few of the reasons that I experience spasms and cramps in my legs at night. Sometimes it’s more of a nervous energy flowing through my legs that keeps me awake. Other nights it’s muscle pain that is a product of a deeper pain.
No matter what the cause, restless, spasming, and cramping leg muscles ruin any chance I have of getting a good night’s sleep.
Prescription muscle relaxers failed me. Believe it or not, muscle relaxers like Flexeril actually increased how often I experienced my symptoms and their severity.
In 2012 I slowly began addressing my symptoms from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and abdominal adhesions with natural and alternative treatments.
Seven years later and I can say that I finally found a way to sleep through the night without my legs cramping or feeling restless.
Here are the four ways that I have been able to accomplish this:
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I use CBD vape or isolate each evening to help relax my muscles. While high doses do relax them, I have to be careful as I will experience spasms as they relax. CBD also helps to relax my anxious brain. I often find that my legs are more restless and cramp more than usual when my mind is working overtime.
Exercising too much or not enough is a problem. No matter how little or much I walk or workout, stretching is what is most important. Each night before bed, I use elastic bands to gently stretch my leg muscles.
I am magnesium deficient. Always have been, probably always will be. My body won’t tolerate supplements and it doesn’t matter how much magnesium rich foods I eat. However, I have stumbled upon a magnesium rich lotion that does the trick. Good Night Lotion is now part of my nightly routine. I rub my legs, hips, lower back, tummy, shoulders, and neck down every night approximately 10-15 minutes before I am ready to crawl into bed. It helps reduce tension, pain, and relaxes my body clearing the way to a good night’s sleep. Click here to read my review of this product.
Water, water, and more water…. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated. They key is to drink it throughout the day. Too much at night, results in multiple bathroom visits throughout my night. Filling a marked bottle in the morning helps me stay on top of my hydration goals throughout the day.