A 2018 study found that more than 27 million Americans are affected with some form of osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease. Hip osteoarthritis is one of the more prevalent types, perhaps because the hip joint is one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints. In other words— it does a lot of work and takes a large brunt of force. If untreated, hip osteoarthritis can lead to severe disability, including limited ability to walk, inability to get up from a seated position, and chronic pain.
In addition to limiting daily activities, hip pain makes it hard to sleep. And since sleep is responsible for so many restorative functions of the body, not getting enough of it can make hip pain that much worse. Sleeping on a comfortable mattress is one key to a better night’s rest for hip pain sufferers.
Consider an Amerisleep Mattress
If you’re seeking a truly pain-relieving mattress, consider one of our Amerisleep models. Our memory foam mattresses are built with proprietary foams and clinically proven support technology to promote healthy sleeping positions and eliminate pain and discomfort. Instead of designing one mattress for universal comfort, we craft five mattresses to be suitable for different types of sleepers. Everybody has varying sleeping habits and preferences, our goal is to connect you with the right mattress for your needs.
Our mattresses range in firmness; while the AS1 is ultra-firm, our AS5 feels rather plush. For those with hip pain, we recommend choosing our AS3, a medium; the AS4, a medium-soft; or the AS5, our softest mattress.
The AS3 is our best-selling model because it’s a true medium and offers an even balance of comfort and support. It’s built to accommodate most sleeping positions, making it an excellent choice for those who tend to toss and turn and change positions throughout the night. It’s designed with 3 inches of proprietary Bio-Pur®, a pressure-relieving, plant-based memory foam, and 2 inches of HIVE® technology for healthy spinal support.
- Molds to your body and adjusts to most sleeping positions
- Bio-Pur® limits motion transfer and keeps you sleeping undisturbed
- HIVE® reinforces the natural alignment of your hips and spine
Our AS4 mattress is a better option for side and back sleepers seeking a softer mattress— it contains 4 inches of cushioning Bio-Pur® and has a more cradling feel than the AS3. When you lay on the AS4, the Bio-Pur® layer contours to your body to offer instant pressure and pain relief. While the AS4 allows you to sink into the bed a little bit, it still contains HIVE® technology to ensure your body maintains healthy alignment. HIVE® works with the Bio-Pur® layer above to eliminate and prevent pain.
- Offers a soft, cloud-like sleeping experience
- Eliminates pressure points to prevent pain and soreness
- Comfortable for side and back sleepers but too soft for stomach sleeping
Our AS5 is not only our softest mattress, but it’s also our best mattress for heavy sleepers due to the inclusion of responsive Active Flex, a latex-like poly-foam. Beneath 3 inches of soft Bio-Pur® is 2 inches of bouncy Active Flex; while the AS5 is soft, the Active Flex layer holds you more “on top” of the mattress and gives the bed a different feel than the AS4. We recommend this mattress to sleepers over 250 pounds because Active Flex offers necessary support to prevent unnatural or uncomfortable sinkage. For those with hip pain, Active Flex offers cushioning comfort to ease sore joints and pain points.
- Best mattress for heavy sleepers
- Active Flex makes the AS5 cushioning but bouncy
- Comfortable for most sleeping positions apart from stomach sleeping
What Makes Amerisleep Different?
Currently, there are approximately 200 different online brands promising their mattress will be the key to better, restful sleep— so we don’t expect you to believe we’re the better option right off the bat; however, we believe our proprietary foams and careful design set our beds apart from the rest. Let’s talk about the materials in our mattresses to let you decide if we’re the best choice.
First, we utilize Variable Pressure Foaming, or VPF, to produce the foams in our mattresses. VPF is one of the most efficient manufacturing methods, producing virtually zero emissions or waste, and exceeds the standards of the Clean Air Act. We believe that by using eco-friendly materials and manufacturing methods, our mattresses are better for our Earth and our customer’s health.
Inside of our beds, we include three primary layers: Bio-Pur®, Affinity with HIVE® technology, and Bio-Core®. Plus, every Amerisleep mattress has a Celliant® cover to promote deeper, undisturbed sleep.
Instead of using a generic fabric in our covers, we include Celliant’s® textile technology to enhance your night’s sleep. Celliant®’s thermoreactive fabric has been determined by the FDA to promote better rest by regulating your temperature and facilitating deeper sleep cycles.
Celliant® recycles the body heat you naturally emit while sleeping and turns it to infrared energy. Then, your body absorbs infrared energy. The absorption of infrared energy increases local circulation and regulates your temperature. You won’t have to worry about overheating or night sweats on our beds.
Bio-Pur® is a plant-based memory foam designed to be more breathable and responsive than traditional memory foams. Bio-Pur®’s advanced open-cell technology boosts airflow through the mattress and prevents body heat from building up within the bed. Because it’s more responsive, it gives the bed some bounce and prevents you from ever feeling “stuck” in the mattress.
Our Bio-Pur® is less likely to off-gas because it’s plant-based. During the manufacturing process, we replace about 13% of the petroleum with eco-friendly castor oil to mitigate potential toxicity concerns some have with memory foam.
HIVE® is a clinically proven support technology integrated into our mattresses to promote healthy sleeping positions and better rest. It works by targeting five comfort and support zones to offer dynamic support. Under your torso, head, and feet HIVE® is firmer to hold your body in alignment; however, under your shoulders and hips HIVE® is softer to allow for deeper compression and enhanced pressure relief.
HIVE® promotes airflow, isolates motion, relieves pressure, and fosters a healthy spine.
The base layer in each of our mattresses is sturdy Bio-Core® foam. We engineer Bio-Core® to offer durable support to the layers and sleeper above, as well as prevent premature sags and deterioration. Our Bio-Core® is designed to be long-lasting, so you can sleep comfortably on our beds for years to come. Plus, we back our mattresses with a lengthy 20-year warranty to guarantee you get the most bang for your buck.
What causes hip pain?
The most common cause of hip pain is osteoarthritis, or degeneration and inflammation of the joints. The ball and joint socket at the hip is the body’s largest socket joint. You may not think about it much, but your hip does a lot of work— without flexibility in your hips, you’d be quite literally stuck in place.
The cushion of cartilage in your hip socket prevents friction while you’re moving around. As this cartilage gets worn down, pain ensues. Arthritis is the most common cause of this inflammation, but hip pain can develop from hip fractures, bursitis, tendinitis, or muscle strain. Some of these are temporary, while others may require more medical intervention.
Osteoarthritis (OA): The most common cause of hip pain; this occurs most often with old age and wear and tear.
Hip fractures: Hip fractures can occur as the result of weakened or brittle bones— an effect of old age.
Bursitis: Bursae are sacs of liquid between the tissues that act as “shock absorbers.” If they become inflamed, this will result in pain. Anyone can develop bursitis, but it’s most often caused by overworking the joints.
Tendinitis: The tendons attach your bones to your muscles. They can get inflamed from overuse.
Muscle strain: Muscle strain is familiar to any of us who overwork our bodies. If you experience hip pain from muscle strain, rest for a few days and try not to irritate the joints any further. Try icing your sore muscles, too.
Since osteoarthritis is the most prevalent cause of hip pain with the most long-term consequences, we’ll discuss how to treat it so you don’t lose sleep over it.
Osteoarthritis can occur anywhere there are joints in the body, but it most often happens in the hips, knees, wrists, neck, or lower back. The joint cartilage begins to wear down, causing pain, stiffness, and sometimes swelling. As you can imagine, in its more advanced stages, it can make moving around quite difficult. It also makes a good night of sleep a bit harder to come by.
The hips help us walk around, turn, bend over, climb up and down stairs, and more. If you’re diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis, your mobility will become limited (if it isn’t already).
Risk Factors of Osteoarthritis
Certain precursors to osteoarthritis are unavoidable, such as aging or genetics. However, just because you meet one or more of these risk factors doesn’t mean you will develop OA. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercise regimen, and sleep habits can stave off osteoarthritis for most.
In general, those predisposed to osteoarthritis are:
- Those over 60, although one study found men had a higher prevalence of OA before age 50, while women had a higher prevalence after age 50.
- Women. According to the CDC, the lifetime risk for symptomatic OA is 18.% for men, 28.6% for women.
- Obese individuals; because the hips are a significant weight-bearing joint, excess weight speeds up degeneration and inflammation.
- Those with a family history of osteoarthritis. One study found that genetic factors accounted for the development of hip osteoarthritis in 60% of participants.
- Heavy laborers. Those whose jobs involve lots of heavy or manual labor are at a higher risk for developing joint inflammation. Repetitive motions over a period of time can lead to wear and tear. For example, a 2015 study found that farmers, in particular, were at a higher risk for developing hip osteoarthritis than others with more sedentary occupations.
Osteoarthritis Symptoms and Treatments
If you have hip osteoarthritis, you’re probably experiencing lots of pain in that area. Other symptoms include stiffness or swelling. Sometimes the stiffness worsens at different times of day, such as in the morning or at night.
If you experience any of these symptoms, see a doctor about possible diagnosis and treatments:
- Difficulty twisting or turning
- Joint pain
- Loss of joint motion
- Swelling, tenderness
- Difficulty sleeping because of pain
To treat hip pain, you can start with less invasive options unless the pain has already progressed to an unmanageable point. Then, it’s necessary to see a doctor for further treatment options.
Less Invasive Treatments:
- Weight reduction
- Hot or cold patches, creams, or baths
- Proper footwear, bracing, insoles
- Assistive devices (walking sticks, canes, etc.)
- Sleeping on a comfortable mattress
More Invasive Treatments:
- Electrical nerve stimulation
- Physical therapy
- Acetaminophen, NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc), glucosamine
- Intra-articular injections
How Hip Pain Disturbs Sleep
According to the CDC, chronic pain is one of the main reasons people seek medical care. Untreated, it leads to decreased mobility, dependence on pain medication, and overall poorer quality of life.
Anyone with chronic pain, whether it’s in the hips, back, neck— anywhere, really— knows how hard it is to fall asleep and stay asleep. A study published in 2018 studying chronic pain patients found that 38.8% of participants needed more than 30 minutes to fall asleep, 63.6% woke up frequently during the night, 30.6% slept less than five hours, and 60.3% felt their sleep was not restorative (in other words, they woke up still feeling tired).
Maybe you take it for granted, but sleep is the oil that keeps the wheels of your health turning. Without it, your cognitive function decreases, your short-term memory starts to short-circuit, and you can even lose the ability to process or cope with stress.
Additionally, the physical repairs your body goes through while you sleep are critical! Imagine running a marathon and not stopping to rest after you were done— no stretching, no water, no foam-rolling, nothing! How do you think your body would respond? It would start to break down and you might even injure yourself. Our bodies absolutely need rest for both physical and mental restoration.
So, if hip pain is causing you to miss out on this critical resting period at the end of the day, you could actually be making the pain worse. The vicious cycle continues until you find the right treatment. While focusing on your sleep hygiene habits certainly can’t cure you of all your ailments, getting it back on track can lead to a decrease of symptoms.
Sleeping Soundly with Hip Pain
Despite all of the studies conducted over the years, nobody is sure yet which comes first— pain or sleep deprivation? It doesn’t matter, really— we know they are connected somehow, and that treating one usually leads to a decrease of the other. If you’re reading this article, you probably already experience enough pain to keep you awake at night. Establishing better sleep hygiene habits can help!
Set and Stick to a Routine
Establishing a routine is actually a form of treatment for severe insomniacs (known as sleep restriction therapy). Essentially, you need to set a bedtime and wake time for yourself every day and follow it to a T— that includes weekends. If you wanted to take it a step further, you could restrict yourself from taking any naps, as well. We recommend limiting your daytime naps to no longer than 20-30 minutes so as not to disrupt your circadian rhythm.
Limit Exposure to Blue Light
As soon as the sun goes down, your body will begin to prepare for sleep (or it will at least try to). Your core temperature decreases, melatonin and serotonin relax your muscles, and your eyelids may begin to feel heavy. Exposing yourself to bright lights, especially blue light from TV, phone, or other screens, delays your REM cycle by up to 3 hours. Power off your electronics within two hours of bedtime and dim the lights in your home.
Avoid Stimulants and Certain Foods
Drinking energy drinks or caffeine as much as 6 hours before bedtime can delay your sleep-wake cycle. If you need a drink before bed, try milk, since it has melatonin, or calming herbal teas such as lavender, chamomile, or lemon balm.
Spicy foods can disrupt your sleep, too, especially if you’re prone to acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Lying down causes the stomach acid to shift upward, and if you ate something spicy or heavy before bed, this painful feeling can get worse.
Avoid strenuous activity, including exercise that elevates your heart rate (gentle stretching or a short walk is okay). Training your body for a certain bedtime every night will help you get into the habit of going to bed on time and getting enough rest every single night.
Make Your Bedroom Conducive for Sleep
If you really want to train yourself to sleep better, make your bedroom a relaxing space to unwind at the end of the day. Recent studies have found that the ideal room temperature for sleep is somewhere around 78 degrees— if this seems too hot for you, keep it between 60-70 degrees (no less than 60 or you might be too chilly for sleep!).
Sleep with breathable fabrics, such as cotton, wool, Tencel, or bamboo.
Is Your Mattress Making Your Pain Worse?
The longstanding belief that a soft mattress is best for pain-sufferers has recently been debunked. The truth is, the firmness of your mattress can either exacerbate or relieve pressure points depending on how you sleep and how much you weigh, as well as if you share your bed. A study published in 2015 found that medium-firm mattresses are best for anyone with chronic pain, including hip pain or arthritis.
If you notice your mattress beginning to sag dramatically in one spot, causing you to feel “stuck,” this can make your hip pain worse (as well as throw your spine out of alignment). The top layer of your mattress, no matter the type of mattress you’re using, needs to cushion without allowing for too much sinkage.
Different mattress types use different materials for this top layer, but most use some type of foam (memory foam, poly-foam, or latex foam). If this comfort foam layer is not supported by thicker, higher-density foam underneath it, it will most likely sag and break down much quicker. Instead of contouring to your body and alleviating pain, it will create pressure points.
Pay attention to the indentation-depth covered by your mattress warranty— some don’t cover sags until they are 1.5 inches deep, and at that point, your pain is probably unbearable.
Other common mattress issues that could be making your pain worse include:
- Burst or broken coils (most common with innersprings or hybrids)
- The mattress is trapping heat (sleeping hot can interrupt sleep, and interrupted sleep makes the pain worse)
- The mattress has lost edge support, so you feel like you may fall off or just generally feel unsupported
How sleeping positions affect hip pain
As previously mentioned, your sleeping position affects how comfortable your mattress feels to you. You’ve probably noticed lots of brands market certain firmnesses to sleeping positions; for example, most brands recommend their medium mattresses for side and combination sleepers.
Side sleepers only make contact with their mattress on their right or left sides, and sleeping on either side affects the body differently. Additionally, side-sleeping has a few variations that could be more or less conducive to hip alignment.
Fetal: 41% of side-sleepers sleep in the fetal position with their legs drawn up towards their chest and arms wrapped around the knees or under their pillow. In this position, sleepers are prone to paresthesia, or “pins and needles” in the arms, hands, and shoulders. Their spines stay in alignment, but if their mattresses are too soft, the hips can sink down, causing even more numbness and possible hip pain.
Log: The log is similar to the fetal position, only here the sleepers keep their legs straight instead of bent towards the chest. Their arms may also be under their pillows or heads in this position, so paresthesia is still a possible issue, but as long as they choose a medium or medium-firm mattress, they shouldn’t risk hip or spinal misalignment.
Yearner: Sleepers who choose the yearner position sleep with their legs down, like the log position, but their arms are stretched out in front of them. They are at less risk for pins and needles, but a too firm or too soft mattress can lead to pain in the hips, back, or spine.
No matter which side-sleeping variation you choose, a medium or medium-firm mattress is best to keep the hips in even alignment with the spine.
Sleeping on the back, while not as popular as side-sleeping, is probably the least risky sleeping position if you experience back pain and other chronic pain. That’s because the limbs typically aren’t bent or contorted like they are in the side or stomach sleeping positions.
Back sleepers with hip pain should stick to a firm, medium-firm or even a medium mattress depending on their weight or whether or not they sleep with a partner. Heavier weight compresses the mattress beyond a certain depth, so one is more likely to feel the stiffer core layers at the bottom.
Stomach sleepers are at the greatest risk for misalignment and shoulder pain, back pain, or hip pain. This is why they must choose a firm or medium-firm mattress that allows for very little sinkage in the hips. If you’re in the habit of stomach-sleeping and you’re experiencing a lot of hip pain, consider switching to a healthier position such as the back or side. Investing in the best mattress for back pain can help stomach sleepers avoid discomfort, but you’re better off changing up your sleeping habits.
You can train yourself to sleep a different way by using a body pillow or even replacing your mattress with a more supportive model. Over time, our postures adjust to our mattresses, even if we sleep poorly— so you could be sleeping on a bad mattress and not even realize it. This is also why sleeping on a new mattress is a bit uncomfortable at first— our bodies haven’t adjusted to a healthier position yet.
Best mattress types for hip pain
Currently, there are nearly 200 online, bed in a box mattress brands that ship their beds directly to your door. This process cuts out the mattress salesman and the overhead costs of brick and mortar stores, making a comfortable mattress attainable for most every household.
But sifting through 200 mattress brands sounds exhausting and time-consuming. How do you know which mattress brand and mattress type are best? Besides knowing your sleeping position, consider the mattress type. Maybe you’ve been spending the past few years of your life exclusively on innerspring beds and you’re ready to try out something a little less bouncy. What’s more, certain mattress types are more compatible with hip-pain sufferers, and knowing which models are best will narrow down your selection quite a bit.
Foam is taking over the mattress market thanks to its plush and cushioning feel, which alleviates pressure points (a huge plus for pain-sufferers).
Memory foam is the most popular foam type used in mattresses, but brands also use poly-foam, latex foam, and even gel-foam to dissipate body heat.
Memory foam: Memory foam, or viscoelastic polyurethane foam, takes on viscous and elastic properties when it’s compressed, minimizing pressure build-up at the more sensitive areas of the body such as the hips, pelvis, back, and shoulders. Because the comfort layers of memory foam mattresses are made of softer foams, they are more likely to break down unless they are supported by higher-density transition foams and support foams in the base.
If you’re interested in memory foam, pay attention to the individual layers and their thickness— medium mattresses, best for hip pain, will often have an even balance of soft comfort layers, transition layers, and support core layers. Firmer foam mattresses contain thinner comfort layers, while softer foam beds have more comfort layers as well as transition layers to buffer between the softer and harder components (decreasing the risk of sagging).
Poly-Foam: Poly-foam is similar in feel to memory foam, but it comes without that “viscoelastic” distinction associated with memory foam. Many customers are happy with poly-foam since it does feel so similar to memory foam, but it’s much cheaper to produce. However, it’s also more likely to break down faster than memory foam. If you want your bed to last, avoid poly-foam, at least in large quantities.
Latex Foam: Natural latex is harvested from rubber tree sap, making it a sustainable option for any eco-conscious shopper. Latex mattresses are manufactured using two different methods: Talalay or Dunlop. While neither one is better than the other, they each produce a slightly different feel. Talalay is softer and most often found in the comfort layers of latex beds, while Dunlop has a slightly firmer feel, so it’s found in the middle or bottom layers.
Latex lasts longer than any other mattress material— up to 15 years in some cases. It feels similar to memory foam, so if you deal with chronic pain and want your mattress to support you for years to come, choose a mattress made with latex foam.
Gel-foam: Gel foam was created to address the number one complaint customers levy against foam mattresses: the trapping of body heat. Foam, unlike innersprings, has few air channels, so it easily traps heat, disrupting sleep and making anyone who sleeps on it uncomfortable.
Gel-foam mattresses are typically made with gel beads, gel infusions, or gel swirls. The gel draws heat away from the body and cools down the bed and the sleeper. While gel-foam can keep heat out of the mattress for a time, the cooling effect doesn’t always last.
We recommend choosing plant-based or advanced open-cell foams instead of gel-foams since these are specifically manufactured to allow for better air circulation. Instead of adding something to the foam to cool it down, companies simply make the foam more conducive to airflow.
Innerspring mattresses are still the top-selling beds in the mattress industry. Most of us grew up sleeping on them and they are still found in hotel rooms, dorm rooms, and more. Despite their popularity, as we age, our bodies need a little bit more contouring and support than most innerspring beds offer.
Innerspring mattresses contain a layer of steel coils in the base, creating great air circulation. These coils add some bounce to the bed, so they respond fairly well to movement— almost too well, in fact. Couples using innersprings often complain about the lack of motion isolation, which disrupts sleep.
Innersprings often contain foam in some form, but only in the quilted pillow-top, and it’s most often thin which doesn’t do much for pain relief.
Owners of innerspring beds report sagging in as little as 5 years, impeding spinal alignment and causing pain. Sufferers of hip pain are more likely to find comfort on foam or hybrid mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses are made with 50% foam and 50% coils— they must have at least 2 inches of foam to be considered a hybrid, but most have much more foam than that. Many hybrid mattress brands wrap the steel coils in fabric or foam to limit motion transfer. The coils in the base also make way for air circulation, minimizing the risk of heat build-up. In other words, hybrids take the best that both memory foam and innerspring beds have to offer and combine them into one bed.
Hybrids may seem like the perfect solution for those who need the cooling effect of coils with the pressure-relief of foam, but they still come with drawbacks. Hybrids are more expensive than other mattress types simply because they contain more materials. The coils in the base, even if wrapped in fabric or foam, can still sag, leaving someone with pain stuck in an uncomfortable bed (literally and figuratively).
If you suffer from hip pain, look for hybrid models with at least three inches of foam layers in the top, as well as transition layers between the core base and the comfort layers.
What should hip-pain sufferers look for in a mattress?
No matter your health condition, your mattress should support your spine, hips, back, and shoulders properly for as long as you own it. Those who suffer from hip pain need to pay special attention to the lifespan of their mattress and each layer’s material makeup.
Each mattress, no matter the type, has some kind of supportive base core. In innersprings and hybrids, this layer is made of steel coils. In foam beds, the core is most often a high-density, thick foam layer meant to support your body weight and deter sag.
A high-quality mattress must have a durable support core or it won’t last. The composition of the comfort layers should maintain an even surface despite years of use— in other words, they shouldn’t sag, compromising your posture and leading to more hip pain.
Most mattress warranties cover sagging, although the depth they cover varies. Warranties covering sagging below one inch are worth exploring further since this means the company will replace your uncomfortable mattress before it becomes painful and practically unusable.
You can typically look at a company’s warranty for further insight into how durable they believe their product to be. The mattress industry standard is a 10-year warranty, and most high-quality mattresses last around this long. Beware a warranty lasting less than 10 years, since this can indicate a low-quality bed.
|Mattress Type||Average Lifespan||Good for hip pain?|
|Latex foam||15 years||Yes|
|Memory foam||8-10 years||Yes|
|Innerspring||5 years or less||No|
Be careful not to conflate firmness with durability— just because your mattress is marketed as “firm” does not mean it will last longer than a softer bed.
Companies measure firmness by testing how much weight the top layers of a mattress can withstand before sagging or indenting. This number, also known as the ILD rating, increases if the mattress is firm or decreases if the mattress is soft. Since the ILD rating is rather abstract, most brands advertise mattress firmness using a simple 1-10 scale. 1 is extremely soft and 10 is extremely hard— most beds fall between a 3-8 on this scale, and the number changes depending on each layer’s thickness and the mattress type.
Most with chronic pain experience less discomfort on a medium or medium-firm mattress since this will allow for even, consistent support in the spine, hips, and shoulders. If you err for a mattress on the softer side, ensure it has a thick, dense support core and transition layers to keep the softer layers on top from sagging prematurely.
Research Company Policies and Read Reviews
The final step in choosing the best mattress has less to do with the mattress itself and more to do with company policies.
Read all of the conditions of the warranty and make sure you understand its length. Many companies offer prorated warranties, meaning the customer assumes some repair or replacement costs after a certain period of time (usually 10 years). Long warranties, such as lifetime warranties, seem like a good deal, but they are most often a marketing tactic meant to give you more peace of mind in a mattress that typically will not last for your lifetime.
Additionally, consider the sleep trial— if a brand doesn’t offer the opportunity to try out the mattress in your own home for at least 90 days, this can be a red flag. After all, you’ll need to test out if the mattress alleviates any pain in your hip area, supports your posture, and deters any sagging or indentations. You can’t know if a mattress will do this if you only try it out in a showroom for a few minutes.
Last of all, read customer reviews to get a sense of the company’s reputation and the mattress quality. Some brands let you filter mattress reviews by “concern,” so you can read reviews from others who suffer from hip pain to see if this mattress helps or hinders their recovery.
Other questions to consider:
What relieves hip pain?
Besides finding and sleeping on a comfortable and supportive mattress, you’ll need to see a doctor about further hip pain treatments. The best treatment for hip pain will depend on the cause— whether it’s a type of arthritis, pinched nerves, physical injuries, or even osteoporosis, your doctor will most likely prescribe specific medications or recommend physical therapy to alleviate your pain.
What else can I use to sleep better with hip pain?
If your mattress is too firm and you think it’s causing more pain, consider a mattress topper. Toppers are cheaper than buying a whole new mattress and they typically add just enough comfort to sleep well. Most toppers are made of some kind of foam and add an extra layer of thickness to your bed.
Consider your pillow as well— if your pillow is too high or low, it can misalign your hips. The best pillow for you depends largely on your sleeping position. The most supportive pillow types are most often latex, memory foam, or buckwheat. Super plush down pillows are not as supportive for hip-pain sufferers.
The Right Mattress for Hip Pain
While the causes of hip pain vary, they all lead to interrupted sleep, causing even more pain and impacting the quality of life. Sufferers of hip pain should look for a mattress with pressure-relieving qualities that supports their sleep position. Typically, memory foam beds are the best for pain relief across different parts of the body, and a medium or medium-firm mattress maintains an even sleeping surface over years of use.
If your mattress causes pain or makes your current pain worse, it may be time to look for a different model. After all, everyone deserves to sleep pain-free.