Hi and thanks for using the forum. It sounds like you may be experiencing Charley horses (which are muscle cramps/ spasms) at night. These can be caused by a number of things including dehydration, low potassium, low calcium or low magnesium levels, or overuse or injury to the muscle. Charley horses are very painful. When you start to feel the pain you could try and alleviate it before it gets bad. You can massage the muscle, apply heat first and then ice once the cramping stops, NSAIDS such as ibuprofen can be helpful. Also, I know someone who swears that if she gets a Charley horse, she walks backwards and this alleviates the cramp. IF you are getting these frequently, then you should see your doctor to find out if maybe your electrolytes are a little off or if you are dehydrated.. I hope this hel[ps. Bridget
In my case it seems to be a need for vitamin B1. When I get these cramps I go to the medicine cabinet and get a 100 mg capsule, open it and dump the powder into my mouth. I am relieved after a short wait.