Disturbed sleep and aching legs
There are many things that can affect our sleep. As we all know, good sleep is very important since it boosts our energy, which is necessary for the proper functioning throughout the day. However, our sleep can be impaired due to many environmental factors, but also due to many health disorders or conditions. Almost every person has experienced an ache in the legs during the night. It is a quite common condition that may be induced by various reasons. However, the ache in the legs can vary in intensity and severity. Many people only feel mild ache in the legs during the night, while there are also those who cannot sleep at all due to intense pain in the legs. When one suffers from aching legs at night, he/she usually experiences tingling sensation in the legs, as well as burning sensation and fatigue.
Causes of aching legs at night
Aching legs at night usually appears due to varicose veins in the legs, peripheral artery disease, muscle spasms and restless leg syndrome. Varicose veins tend to appear in the calves of the legs. This condition is marked by the swollen veins that tend to pop out from the outer surface of the skin. The pain occurs due to obstructed blood flow, which tends to flow backwards. This pain appears also during the day. The main causes for the incidence of varicose veins in the legs are obesity, pregnancy, aging and menopause, as well as prolonged standing and injury to the legs.
Peripheral artery disease is also a cause for the appearance of pain in the legs at night. The main cause of peripheral artery disease is atherosclerosis or accumulation of fat materials and cholesterol on the walls of the arteries, causing the narrowing or blockage of the arteries. When this happens, the blood flow is obstructed and the legs do not receive enough oxygen through blood and start to ache.
The pain in the legs also occurs due to muscle cramps, especially in the calves, thighs and in the arch of the foot. This condition is very painful and usually appears when these areas are deprived of oxygen and electrolytes. One of the causes of aching legs at night is restless leg syndrome. This syndrome is marked by the restless movement of feet or legs when tingling or burning sensation occurs in the muscles of the legs. Lack of iron and vitamin B12 may lead to the occurrence of restless leg syndrome.