A Leg Cramp at Night: A Lack of O2, CO2 and Electrons in Muscles
cramps at night are caused by 3 major deficiencies: low levels of O2
and CO2, and a lack of free electrons in body and muscle cells (humans used to
be grounded to the Earth 24/7, but not these days). This is true even during
Modern people breathe nearly 3 times more air (see Homepage for studies related
to hyperventilation in modern men) and are insulated from the Earth. This causes
leg cramps at night.
In order to normalize these 3 fundamental physiological parameters, a person can
use 2 techniques:
- a simple breathing exercise that helps to eliminate the cause of leg
cramps related to breathing
- Earthing (or grounding the human body to the Earth).
Easy breathing exercise: stop leg cramps at night in 1-2 minutes
Relax all your
muscles, legs included, while lying on your left side or chest.
Breathe only through the nose. After your natural outhale (breathe out), pinch
your nose and start holding your breath, but do that only
until you start to experience initial discomfort. Count
your result for curiosity (see norms below).
When you release the nose after this breath holding, avoid taking a large
or deep inhalation. Instead, make a smaller inhale while using the
diaphragm. After this small inhalation, immediately
relax all muscles, legs and thighs included. Then make
another (smaller) inhalation with the abdominal
muscles and relax all muscles to exhale.
every inhalation, you should take only a small volume of air. It
should be about 25% less than your usual inhalation.
Make these inhalations using your lower respiratory
muscles. In order to exhale, just relax all body muscles. You should
maintain air hunger for about two minutes in order to increase oxygen
and CO2 levels in body muslces. This simple breathing exercise
helps to stop or get rid of leg cramps at night much faster
than doing nothing or using conventional techniques
(such as rubbing or trying to relax and stretch the painful muscle areas).
Most people can get rid of cramps in 1-2 minutes using this method.
However, more severe types of leg cramps at night require a period of
breathing retraining for slower breathing and higher body oxygenation.
The YouTube video (on the right side) provides detailed instructions
explaining this easy breathing exercise to relieve leg cramps,
even at night, in bed, or at any other time of the day (e.g., during pregnancy).
How does it work?
Higher CO2 levels decrease or normalize too high excitability of
neurons in nerves and muscles. This restores normal transmission of
nerve signals in muscles. In addition, increased CO2 improves perfusion
and O2 transport to the legs affected by night cramps.
With this exercise, one can stop pain and most leg cramps in about 1 or 3 minutes.
However, higher body O2 results are required (see details below)
for prevention of all new cramps in future.
Earthing and diet: other remedies for leg cramp at night
For some people, this respiratory exercise does not stop leg cramps
at night. Here are three additional steps to solve this problem completely.
These steps helped to nearly all my students to forget about their cramps.
These remedies include one unknown diet ingredient, electrical grounding of
the human body, and the ultimate solution of nearly any health symptom
(high body O2 24/7). For details, see this link:
Get rid of cramps
Related web page: Causes of cramps.
How automatic-breathing parameters relate to spasms and cramping
(muscle, stomach, leg cramps in bed; periods or menstrual cramps; and many other types)
Test (morning result)
|Chances of cramps
|More than 20 breaths/min
||Less than 20 s
|12 or less breaths/min
||> 40 s
* You cannot measure your respiratory frequency just by counting it (more info:
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