Leg cramps and tired legs are very common during Perimenopause and Menopause, and it’s not just because you want to kick someone. They can happen at night while your sleeping, wakening your with excruciating pain. Can manifest as restless legs, that ache and feel fidgety, triggering mini spasms right when you ae trying to sleep. Feel heavy and uncomfortable when watching TV or riding in the car and are just plain annoying. Leg cramps and that heavy feeling have a number of different causes .
Causes of Leg Cramps, Tired Legs & Restless Leg Syndrome
- Magnesium deficiency
- Potassium deficiency
- Muscle Fatigue from working out or standing for long periods
- Lactic Acid Build-up in your muscles
- Thyroid Issues
- Hormone pills or hormone issues
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- Albuterol (asthma medication)
Step 1 – Electrolytes with Magnesium & Potassium
The first thing you should do is up your water intake. Dehydration in combination with low magnesium and potassium deficiency is the leading cause of tired legs, restless leg syndrome and leg cramps. Drinking a big glass of water with an electrolyte supplement can ease the cramps considerably if you choose one that includes magnesium and potassium. Click here to view supplements
Step 2 – Special Supplements
If dehydration and vitamin deficiency doesn’t ease it completely, I personally take these natural pills for leg cramps as they not only ease the heavy feeling in my legs, eliminate the cramps but they are also highly effective for restless legs. Hylands Supplement for Leg Cramps they dissolve quickly on your tongue. I usually take 2 and go right back to sleep.
Step 3 – Lactic Acid Release
Lactic Acid build-up is also a culprit when it comes to leg cramps, throbbing legs and tired legs. light stretching can sometimes ease this, going for a massage or bathing in Epsom salts. Personally my go to, especially during a fibromyalgia attack, is using my vibration plate. I simply stand on it for 10 minutes and let it work all the lactic acid out of the muscles in my legs and feet. Since I also get it in my arms, I sometimes hold my arms on the plate for 5 minutes and let the vibrations bring me the much needed relief I need. I always do this in combination with drinking a big glass of water with an electrolyte supplement, about 30 minutes before bed.
Together these three steps usually resolve the issue completely. If this doesn’t do the trick for you I would suggest seeing a doctor as your medications or other health issues maybe a factor. Tell us what you do, or share if these tips helped by commenting below.
Before heading out the door to your event, drink a large glass of water with your favorite electrolyte supplement. When you get home drink another one and take 2 aspirin and go to bed! Works great!