Leg cramps are more likely to occur when the body is overworked and lacking sufficient sleep. These factors raise a person's risk of developing cramps and other painful events because the muscles are tense and stressed and not receiving enough opportunity to relax. Sleep allows the muscles to rest and promotes the repair of damaged cells. Hydration and diet can also influence the likelihood of leg cramps. Fatigued and dehydrated muscles do not work as well and cannot use nutrients as effectively. They, therefore, need more nutrients than they consume.
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