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Leg Cramps Waking You Up at Night?!

Here are the main reasons you may be getting leg cramps at night. These are based on my own personal experience as well as treating hundreds of patients with this issue. For most of us, it's so easy to manage. Yes, really.

Number one (by far!) - Not drinking enough water during the day. You need to adjust how much water you drink for your activity level. Even low activity days should take into account that we lose about 2 cups of moisture each day just from breathing.

#2 - Not getting enough magnesium. This is a remedy that acts quickly if you take it in liquid form and hold it under your tongue for a minute before swallowing.

Note: what form of magnesium you take affects your bowels. Citrate and oxide forms will "move" you. Chelate and glycinate will have less effect on your bowels.

#3 Potassium is the next most common reason. However, potassium supplements must be taken under a healthcare provider's guidance because too much can cause serious cardiac issues.

#4 Calcium. Though this is the knee-jerk response of many people in the middle of the night, it really is the last mineral on this list to cause problems.

Best to make ever-so-tiny adjustments during the day to ensure a sweet and solid night's sleep free from leg cramps.

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