Thursday, November 04, 2010
I just read on a message board about a fellow Sparker who is having problems with leg cramps at night, and that has motivated me to share this suggestion. Many of you may have tried this already, but others may not have heard of it.
Place a bar of soap under the bottom sheet of your bed, near the foot of the bed, about where your legs or feet are. I know this sounds almost ridiculous, but it really works! I first read about it in a column in the newspaper about 6 or 7 years ago. It was a letter to Dr. Phil, if I remember correctly. He answered that there was no known medical reason why this should work, but that there were thousands of testimonies from people who had been helped by this simple remedy.
I had been suffering with night leg cramps for years, but I just laughed when I read it, and didn't believe it. Nevertheless, that night I was awakened by terrible leg cramps, I remembered the article, so I made my way to the bathroom, found a new bar of soap, put in under the bottom sheet, and lo and behold, no more cramps that night..... or the next... or the next!!
The next day, I began to search the net for information. As Dr. Phil had said, there was no medical explanation, but I did find many, many testimonies. People say that any soap will work, except Dove and Dial. Again, no one knows why, but that's what experience has shown.
Needless to say, I have continued to keep a bar of soap under the sheet ever since. (Any size bar works. ) And I can honestly say that leg cramps, which I used to have almost nightly, have disappeared in about 98%. I maybe get cramps (usually mild) about once every three or four months. And usually all I have to do is move my leg closer to the bar of soap, and the cramps almost always stop immediately. It is rare that I need to stand up or massage the leg.
I have shared this with family members and friends, and all of them have found relief. So it's worth a try, at least. I can't guarantee that it will work for everyone, but I'm sure that many will be helped!
If even one person finds relief, I figure it's more than worth the time it took me to write this blog!
So here's to better sleep at night!!
P.S. You have to take the soap out of the wrapper. Also, I forgot to mention that you need to change the bar of soap about every three months. The old bar is still good for bathing!!!