Sleeping sitting up causing swollen leg

Sleeping sitting up or lying down at night can cause painful swelling in your legs and feet.

Sleeping at a different position than your usual bedtime can cause leg swelling that’s not related to your usual position.

For example, sleeping on the left side can cause left leg swelling and sleeping on the right can cause right leg swelling.

Other causes of swollen legs

Other causes of swollen legs include:

  • A blood clot, such as deep vein thrombosis
  • A blood clot in your heart
  • Nerve compression, such as compression in the spinal cord or in the area of the spinal nerve root
  • A blood vessel blockage
  • Kidney disease
  • Blood loss
  • Low blood pressure
  • Blood vessel disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Heart failure
  • Blood vessel aneurysm
  • Varicose veins
  • Lymphedema
  • Inflammation of the legs
  • Blood vessel inflammation
  • Thrombophlebitis

How to treat swollen legs?


Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your swollen leg pain.

Your doctor may prescribe a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin), to prevent blood clots from forming.

If you have a blood clot in your leg, your doctor may prescribe the blood thinner heparin (Alfresa).

You should never use aspirin to treat swollen legs.


Walking is a great way to lower your blood pressure and improve circulation. Walking is also a good way to promote healing, which can reduce swelling and pain.

To improve circulation, walk for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

If you walk a lot, you can also exercise your legs by doing calf raises and squats.

Walking is the best way to relieve swollen legs. Walking is also a great way to strengthen your legs and increase your core strength.

You can walk with a walker if you have limited mobility.

You can also use a standing desk to get better circulation while you work. This will help you work more efficiently.

Warm compress

A warm compress will relax your muscles and reduce swelling.

To make your warm compress, add 1 cup of boiled water to a bowl of cold water. You can add Epsom salt to make a soothing, soothing compress.

You can also use a hot compress. Heat will increase the blood flow to your swollen legs.

If you have a cold, you should not use a hot compress.

Do not use hot compresses to treat a fever.

Warm baths

Baths are a great way to relieve swelling and pain from a swollen leg.

You can add Epsom salt to the bath water to make a soothing bath.

You can also add lavender oil to the water to decrease swelling and improve circulation.

You can use a bath mat to prevent injury.


Massage is an excellent way to reduce swelling in your legs and feet.

You can perform a Swedish massage, which is a gentle massage of your legs and feet.

A Swedish massage can relieve muscle tension and increase circulation.

Use a foam roller or massage stick to apply pressure for deep tissue massage.

You can also use a heated pad on your legs to relax your muscles and relieve pain.

How to prevent swollen legs?

You can prevent your swollen legs by preventing blood clots and other conditions that cause leg swelling.

To prevent clots, take your blood thinning medications as prescribed, and avoid eating at or near bedtime.

To prevent blood clots, you should get a thorough physical exam every year.

You should also avoid smoking and avoid drinking alcohol.

If you smoke, you can reduce your risk of developing a blood clot by quitting.

If you drink alcohol, you should not drink two or more drinks a day.

If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight will reduce your risk of blood clots.

If you have blood vessel disease, you can slow the progression of your condition by maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol.

When to see a doctor?

See your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling that’s severe or doesn’t go away after two weeks
  • Pain that doesn’t go away with medication
  • Pain that affects your ability to walk
  • Sudden swelling that doesn’t go away after 3 to 10 days
  • Severe pain in your leg

If you have any of these symptoms, you should go to the emergency room.

Preventing leg swelling

To prevent leg swelling, you should make sure you’re able to walk.

You should also make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy diet.

See your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Anemia
  • Blood clot in leg
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Leg pain
  • Swelling in legs

Treatment options for swollen legs

Your leg swelling may improve with simple treatment.

You can treat your swollen legs at home.

If home treatment isn’t effective, you can take prescription medication or go to the emergency room.

Your doctor may also prescribe a blood thinner to prevent blood clots.

You can discuss the following treatment options with your doctor:

  • Heat or ice pack: Applying heat or ice to your legs can reduce swelling and pain.
  • Massage: A Swedish massage can relieve muscle tension and increase circulation.
  • Cold compress: If you have a cold, you should avoid using a hot compress.
  • Walking: Walking will help you improve blood circulation and reduce swelling.
  • Hot compress: If you have a fever, you shouldn’t use a hot compress to treat your leg pain.
  • Warm bath: Bedsores can cause swelling in the lower legs.
  • Yoga: Yoga can improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension.


SLEEPING positions can cause swollen legs.

Walking and using a warm compress are natural ways to promote healing in swollen legs.

If your swollen leg pain is severe, it’s important to get medical treatment.

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