Are Legs Cramps Caused by Sleep Apnea?

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Leg cramps can be incredibly painful and make it difficult for you to fall asleep and get the good night’s sleep you deserve. They usually arise suddenly and occur when a muscle contracts and tightens. If you have leg cramps, you may notice that you have no control of them and they occur while you’re still awake or after you fall asleep.

Although the cause of leg cramps is unknown, research has shown a correlation between leg cramps and sitting improperly for long periods of time, flat feet, dehydration, pregnancy, Parkinson’s disease, and medications used to treat low blood pressure.

Sleep apnea shows symptoms such as headaches, forgetfulness, and drowsiness but has not been proven to cause leg cramps. However, if you have both of these conditions it is important to seek medical attention right away. A dentist who specializes in sleep apnea can evaluate your condition and determine whether it may be related to your leg cramps.

Fortunately, there are several strategies that can help you prevent leg cramps at night. Before you lay your head down on your pillow, gently stretch your leg muscles. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and wear shoes that fit you comfortably. It’s may also be a good idea to take supplements that contain vitamins E and B and magnesium.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are facing sleep apnea and leg cramps, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our sleep apnea specialists today. Call us at 703-439-1214.