By Jana Kaplan
You're groggy, dizzy even. You can't see straight and you sure as hell can't keep your eyes (or your mind) focused on the screen in front of you. And you're pretty sure your boss has noticed. You want to assure her that you're not drunk and you got enough sleep. In fact, you got more than enough. Could that be the problem?
The Rumor: Sleeping too much is just as bad as not sleeping enough
We've all heard how important it is to get enough rest, even though most of us don't...
Stretch during the day and before bed. Focus on your calf and foot muscles.
Drink plenty of water.
Move around during the day to exercise your feet and legs.
Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
Sleep under loose covers, especially if you sleep on your back.
And that old advice about eating bananas for leg cramps? It’s true. The potassium helps. You might also add multivitamins with magnesium and zinc.
If you have frequent and severe leg cramps, talk to your doctor. You'll want to make sure there's not a health problem causing the cramps.
Your doctor might also prescribe medication. Drugs don't always work for leg cramps, and they can cause harmful side effects. The anti-malaria drug quinine, for example, was once used for leg cramps, but doctors and the FDA no longer recommend it -- side effects include severe bleeding.