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How do you stop getting "charlie horse" cramps when you are sleeping?

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Dr. Ruchir Patel
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: Sleep-related cramps

If you are getting them nightly then first and foremost you should speak to your pcp regarding checking your electrolytes as imbalances in your potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps.
If this is not the case then you could try taking a glass of tonic water (without gin or vodka preferably) at bedtime as the small amount of quinine in tonic water helps to prevent cramps.

In brief: Sleep-related cramps

If you are getting them nightly then first and foremost you should speak to your pcp regarding checking your electrolytes as imbalances in your potassium, calcium, and/or magnesium levels can cause muscle cramps.
If this is not the case then you could try taking a glass of tonic water (without gin or vodka preferably) at bedtime as the small amount of quinine in tonic water helps to prevent cramps.
Dr. Ruchir Patel
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