Health and Wellness

Do you get woken up by muscle cramps?

By Clementine Beale | Published the 23rd Oct 2018

Here’s a natural little savior

Leg cramps (all cramps, in fact) are the absolute pits.

No one likes a cramp. They are super uncomfortable, they can occur anytime AND they can be anywhere in your body that has a muscle- which is pretty much everywhere. Awesome, hey?!? The best kind are the ones that come in the middle of the night and cause you to wake up letting a blood curdling scream out of your gob. Fun one.

Leg cramps

Muscle cramps can be caused by lots of things; wearing high heels, for example, will often cause people to experience calf cramps. Other things, like poor/incorrect exercise habits, not exercising at all, being dehydrated, lacking in certain vitamins and minerals or just generally being really inflexible are all things that can cause your muscles to cramp up. Plus, period pain.

Checking in with your doctor if you have persistent and incredible painful muscle cramps is always a good idea. However, there are a lot of things you can do yourself that will help to relieve muscle cramps:

  • Drink more water (muscles will cramp up when they are dehydrated)
  • Exercise more frequently, or consult a physio/osteo/other health professional who will be able to assess whether the way you are moving might be causing cramps
  • Try to incorporate some gentle stretching into your exercise routine to ensure your muscles are flexible and limber
  • Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet, ESPECIALLY magnesium- this mineral is one of the best for relaxing muscles.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, and is well known to be an excellent aid for tired, sore, cramped muscles that need a bit of love and relaxation. 

Magnesium in your body helps to move calcium and potassium to your muscles and nerves- which then promotes optimal function. Obviously, if your muscle is cramping then it is not working at its optimal level- so having these three minerals working together is super helpful. Using magnesium for menstrual cramps has also been said to help relieve period pain. 

The most effective way to absorb magnesium is through the skin. And even better, if you apply a topical magnesium oil spray on the area where your cramp is, you can sort it out even quicker. You can get your mitts on a bottle of Magnesium Oil right here….it’s all you need to avoid those surprise attacks.