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Leg cramps can be caused by many factors. The obvious is over-exercising of the leg muscles, causing soreness and spasms of those muscles. These types of cramps can be lessened by easing up on exercises. Night cramps are different and can be very painful; they can awaken you from sleep for no apparent reason. These latter type are often symptomatic cramps; a lack of vitamins, or worse, a possible warning of peripheral arterial desease. If ANY cramping of the leg occurs, day or night, for no apparent reason, you should consult your senior health care physician soon. These warnings could save your life, or your leg.