If you are getting cold at night you may want to either dress warmer or turn up the heat. There are several things that can cause muscle cramps that won't go away. A lack of magnesium, which gets more common as we age, potassium or calcium can do it. Drinking coffee, tea or sodas can wash those minerals out of the body. I take magnesium about every day to prevent cramps and have for about 2 years now. If you don't want to take a pill take a hot soaking bath for about 20-30 minutes with Epsom Salts which is just magnesium & sulfur. You can also take a long soak in a bath with Bath Therapy bath salts, they really help.
If the hot bath alone doesn't help then you probably need the minerals.
If you close your toes real hard that will take it away usually. An it might be not enough potassium in your diet.
I rarely have them, and they are usually at night. If I can get my foot on a cold serface, it seems to help releave one in progress. Multivitamins seem to prevent them.
Medical research shows, they don't damage the muscle. They surely hurt though. :-( My spouse has been taking potassium tablets for years, to compensate for the effect of the Lasix she takes for water retention. She still has cramps in about every muscle in her body at times. It gets extreme, when it gets out of balance. I would see an MD first. Most of the possibalities mentioned here can be checked with a blood work up.
dehydration can cause this , not enough water,salt, potassium. magnesium and calcium. eat bananas and drink a lot of water.
Stand up when it happens. For example if you have one in the calf muscle, stand and lean slightly forward, flexing your foot. This will stretch that calf muscle a bit and relieve that cramp. You may need to increase the potassium in your diet. I hope banannas are appealing to you.
It's time to see your doctor. Good luck.
I think it means you need salt.
Oh dear. I wouldn't know what to do then in your situation.