Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Do My Legs Cramp at Night?

By    |   Friday, 27 Dec 2013 06:47 PM

Question: I have trouble sleeping at night because my legs and feet cramp when I got to bed. What could be causing this, and what can I do about it?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Insomnia from nocturnal leg cramps should be investigated for chemical electrolyte deficiency or a thyroid disorder, as well as for vascular problems. Often nocturnal cramps relate to drug use, poor dietary habits, and or overzealous supplement use when no underlying medical disorder is present.
 
Your doctor can prescribe medications that can be used daily to control the cramps. But do not self-medicate with quinine or Internet-touted drugs that are not Food and Drug Administration-approved, as deaths have occurred on such regimens.
 
That’s why the FDA removed quinine from the over-the-counter consumer shelf.

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Insomnia from nocturnal leg cramps should be investigated for chemical electrolyte deficiency or a thyroid disorder.
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