Leg cramps during the night usually cause uncomfortable waking from sleep. These cramps occur mostly in the calf muscles but can also occur in the thighs or feet. A nocturnal leg cramp is extremely painful and causes a sensation of muscle spasms or knots. Symptoms may last from several seconds to several minutes, and there may also be muscle pain after the spasm disappears.
Nocturnal leg cramps cause some pain and discomfort, and they may lead to other problems. Cramps can disrupt sleep and disrupt a person’s sleep cycle, which can make them feel tired or lethargic the next day. Leg cramps can make it difficult to sleep, and this may lead to problems like insomnia over time.
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