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What causes muscle spasms while sleeping

I tend to have spasms when getting to sleep and during sleep. Any ideas on what causes this or how to control them.

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Depending on which muscles, some muscles shorten when sleeping and they become vulnerable to nocturnal cramping. Voluntary contraction can also cause cramps. It can be caused by taking calcium channel blockers for long. Check out http://www.ehow.com/about_5135470_causes-severe-leg-cramps-sleeping_.html.

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Try some slow simple stretches before you goto bed.

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It can also be related to low potassium levels. Eat a banana before bedtime to see if it helps.

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