If you suffer from hip pain, it could be that you're not getting the proper protection from your mattress. It's true that purchasing a new mattress may seem like an extravagant solution to help relieve an achy hip, but many find that a more specialist option makes a world of difference to sleep quality.
Here I’ve put together a handy guide for finding the perfect mattress for hip pain, and given some sleep tips to ease the pressure on your hips:
A softer mattress can allow pressure points to dip, leading to extra pressure on the spine and hip joints. While this is fine for those who don’t suffer with pre-existing problems, if you do have a dodgy hip then a firmer mattress will allow for the extra, all over support.
Jeffrey N. Katz, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, conducted a study that found that those using firmer mattresses reported significantly less lower back and hip pain when attempting to rest.
Avoid the Innerspring
Innerspring mattresses don’t offer enough strength and support for hip pain, so it’s best to stay clear of this type of mattress. The soft, movement-absorbing material of an innerspring mattress dips the hips and, in turn, creates pressure points.
Alongside this, it allows the rest of the body to sag slightly which can lead to a contortion of the spine while sleeping. This can result in secondary problems, so it’s especially important to choose a mattress that offers extra support to areas which traditionally form pressure points e.g. backs and hips.
Mark the Memory Foam
There’s a reason why memory foam mattresses are perfect for those who are suffering from joint pain. The concept was designed by the most forward-thinking minds of the modern world – NASA.
Originally built to withstand G forces, and often used by pilots who are required to sit for extended periods of time, the extra support is perfect for relieving those annoying pressure points which often plague your sleep.
If you’re a side sleeper, then you may be particularly prone to problems with pelvic rotation and hip complications due to the misalignment of your spine while you sleep. Because of this, memory foam material is one of the best mattresses for hip pain due to the extra support provided to those pressure points.
The elasticity of the material allows it to conform to the body while also evenly distributing the weight. On top of this, it doesn’t trap the body heat as the density changes, meaning you don’t end up feeling like you’re stuck in a sauna every night.
Look Out for Latex
Latex foam mattresses are perfect for targeting very specific areas, without compromising on providing strength and comfort to the rest of your body.
If you have a tendency to toss and turn at night, a latex mattress makes it much easier to shuffle around in comparison to its memory foam counterpart.
Choosing a Mattress Topper for Hip Pain
While a firm mattress is an extremely effective way to help your hip pain, if you’re looking to add an extra layer of comfort or support then a mattress topper can be a great sleep substratum.
It can also effortlessly lengthen the life cycle of your mattress. So, if you know your mattress is on the way out or isn’t quite meeting your comfort needs, a mattress topper is an inexpensive compromise.
Top Tips for Sleeping with Hip Pain
Supportive mattress or not, sometimes hip pain can make quality sleep nothing more than a faint dream. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you in your quest for a restful slumber.
Getting Into Position
If you’re already a side sleeper then you’re on the right track. Position yourself on your side, draw your knees to your chest (or as close as you can get), and place a pillow between your knees.
This position, plus the addition of the pillow, will help align your hips, pelvis and spine allowing for less stress on your already afflicted areas.
Bring in the Right Bed
Divan beds are particularly useful to those suffering with such pain due to their sturdy build and extra support. If anything, be wary of metal frame beds that require a significant amount of assembling as screws have a tendency to loosen over time which can cause movement and an accompanying annoying screech.
Purchase the Right Pillow
A pillow is essential yet often ignored. Unless a pillow is completely flattened after years (sometimes generations) of use, we often neglect taking them into consideration when thinking of our overall sleep experience. However, the right pillow can really provide the extra assistance needed for hip pain.
The perfect pillow should support your neck without tilting your head up and down, but instead align your spine to provide the correct amount of equal weight distribution.
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