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Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night to discover your calf muscles seizing up? You're not alone. Nocturnal leg cramps are common but usually harmless. While they can happen at any time of day, about three-quarters of us experience them at night when our bodies are resting. The good news is there are ways to prevent or relieve leg cramps at night.

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1. What Do Leg Cramps Feel Like?

The kind of leg cramp that hits during the night is often painful to the point of agony and can make it difficult to move the affected area. It may feel as if the muscles in your leg are contracting and locking up. The cramps can last for a few seconds or as long as ten minutes and can affect the soles of the feet as well as the calves. When the cramp eases, the affected muscles may feel tender for some time afterward.

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