I get something similar, and it seems to come and go. Wearing light socks or soft bootie-type slippers and not having any heavy blankets on my feet seems to help. I also upped my magnesium, and drink chamomile tea before bedtime for (general) relaxation and it seems to help the muscle spasms, too. Like Sherrine, walking around briefly helps quite often.
Caffeine is now about
95% off my food list---I was blaming that some time ago. I drink much more water during the day now, and have a glass of water before drinking my tea near bedtime.
I have very high arches and have to be diligent about
keeping my soft orthotics in any shoe I wear. Also, I have to make sure I replace shoes which might be causing some odd symptoms.
This may be totally unrelated, but my M-I-L gets restless legs at night, so I did a little online reading on it.
It said that it could mean low iron, so some red meats and/or vitamins may help and also a little gentle exercise before bed; I think massaging in lavender oil is also suggested. She uses Hyland's Restful Legs, an OTC product found in Wal-Mart near the vitamins (yep--I tried it too--did seem to help somewhat).
Have you tried any type of magnesium oil? I just mix Epsom salts with warm water and massage my feet and legs. It does seem to help, though it's quite drying, due to the salt.
I've also had to work more on feet flexibility by doing things like "writing" the letters of the alphabet with my foot, walking occasionally on my tip toes, etc..
You may likely already be doing all of these, Lj, but thought I'd put them out for consideration. Hope you get a much better sleep soon---those spasms can be incredibly painful!
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."
St. Padre Pio
Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 9/26/2017 12:12:02 PM (GMT-6)