Curtains that block out sunlight. Ergonomic pillow and mattress that’s perfect for the way you sleep on your side. Soothing sounds of the ocean and rivers coming from your phone. Does it seem like no matter what you try, you’re still having problems sleeping – and it seems like it’s your legs that are keeping you up at night?? If truly restful sleep is evading you because of leg cramps or restless legs at night, read on.
Muscle cramps are something which we may have come to think of as “random” occurrences that happen anytime, anywhere, in our lives. We could be having a pleasant dream when we suddenly wake up with pain in our calf, or we could even be walking down the street when a muscle cramp suddenly stops us from being able to continue further. Nobody seems to know what causes the onset of muscle cramps – they just seem to happen suddenly and involuntarily.
Well, even though when it might happen seems random enough, the reasons why you might get muscle cramps are anything but random. If there isn’t an obvious reason behind your cramps – overuse of that particular muscle, dehydration, muscle strain or overexertion, holding a position for too long or wrong use of the muscle – then there may be an underlying reason, and it’s best to get it checked out.
In fact, neuromuscular symptoms such as muscle cramping, together with painful muscle spasms or restless leg syndrome, are classic signs that point to a potential magnesium deficit.
Simply put, magnesium is required for muscle relaxation – without it, our body would be in a constant state of contraction, and we would never be able to relax!
A magnesium deficiency also explains why cramps happen more frequently at night, because our magnesium levels fluctuate throughout the day and are apparently at their lowest during the night. People with restless leg syndrome, a disorder where you feel the uncontrollable urge to move your legs, report having it worse during the evenings as well, again pointing to a magnesium deficiency.
If you let a magnesium deficiency go on for too long, it can lead to fatigue, loss of appetite, insomnia, nausea, weakness, muscle spasms and tremors, weakened bones, bad headaches, even irregular heartbeat.
It is therefore important not to simply brush off leg cramps in the night as “random” because you could be ignoring the first warning signs of a magnesium deficiency.
Thankfully, the easiest thing to do to treat a magnesium deficiency is simply to increase your level of magnesium in your body, for example through eating more magnesium-rich foods or taking oral magnesium supplements.
Curiously enough, the fastest way your body absorbs magnesium is in fact through your skin, thereby bypassing your stomach acid which reduces the absorption rate. To achieve that optimal level of magnesium, Essential Magnesium has come up with a special unique blend of magnesium products that specially target those pesky night cramps and restless legs. The Essential Magnesium Night range includes a bath soak, a spray, and a cream, for the perfect pre-bedtime routine to ensure a good night’s rest.