For the last three days I have been working to clean up the yard and gardens and every night I have been getting leg cramps. It seems as soon as I fall asleep I get a stabbing pain in my calf muscle and this pain prevents me from falling back to sleep.
Did I stretch before I climbed a ladder to cut down the mimosa tree. No I did not. I am 99% certain that my nighttime leg cramps was due to not loosening up before strenuous activity but to be on the safe side I kept a journal to determine if the leg cramps were due to something else.
For the next week I paid attention to my daily activities to determine what would cause my nighttime leg cramps. One of the things that I changed in my daily activity was to add 15 minutes of yoga in the morning, Then instead of working at the computer for several hours I took breaks to walk the dog.
After a week of eating healthy, exercising, drinking milk and taking a multivitamin I discovered that I no longer had nighttime leg cramps. So there you have it, causes and treatments for nighttime leg cramps.