Leg Cramps at Night: Why You Get Them and When to See a Doctor

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No one likes to jolt awake from a deep sleep to a shooting pain radiating through their leg. Most people refer to this type of leg cramp as a Charley horse and it’s incredibly common for them to occur at night. A 2017 survey from PLOS One found that nearly 30 percent of adults in the U.S. get leg cramps at night at least five times per month while six percent of adults get them more than 15 times a month. “It can be totally debilitating because it affects your sleep,” says Cory Fisher, DO, family medicine physician at the Cleveland Clinic. “When people don’t sleep well, they wake up unrefreshed and it does negatively affect their lives.” Below is everything you need to know about leg cramps at night and how to prevent them.