Hip Pain While Sleeping?
Are you waking up from hip pain, tossing and turning, not getting a good nights sleep because of hip pain while sleeping? If you are suffering from hip pain while sleeping I am here to help you finally get some sleep again. I personally eliminated my hip pain while sleeping by using a hip pillow and sleeping on my side. The crazy part is that my wife has been telling me for years to get a body pillow and sleep on my side. (Should’ve listened earlier.)
What Causes Hip Pain at Night
Hip pain at night can be caused from a variety of different reasons. Your body gets stiff and your joints may become swollen due to the inactivity at night. This swelling or pressure on other underlying hip issues can cause or increase your hip pain at night. Other causes of hip pain when sleeping include:
- Bursitis – Is inflammation of the bursae sacks that are made to protect the hip joint. Bursitis can cause pain in the hip and down the side of your thigh. This can be a sharp intense pain.
- Hip Osteoarthritis – Occurs with wear and tear (age). Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage in the hip joint gradually wears away so you are bone on bone. This can be painful not just at night but throughout the day too. The pain can move to the glutes and/or down the leg.
- Hip tendonitis – You will feel tightness in your adductors or hamstrings along with signs of swelling. Hip tendonitis can be helped with some foam rolling. Read my blog The Best Way to Foam Roll Hip Flexor Muscles
- Sciatic-piriformis Syndrome – Is swelling of the piriformis muscle causing pain in the glutes and affecting the sciatic nerve which can cause pain or tingling in the back of the thigh and down the leg to your calf or foot.
Managing Hip Pain at Night
A pillow for hip pain while sleeping cannot cure an underlying hip problem like tendonitis or bursitis. However it can help you sleep at night without hip pain. There are multiple sleep positions to help alleviate hip pain. The most common position is sleeping on your side with a hip pillow or body pillow in-between your knees. The knee pillow eliminates pressure in the lower back by aligning your spine and body correctly relieving hip pain when sleeping on your side. I prefer a body pillow but I have tried multiple hip pillows throughout the years.
Top 4 Hip Pillows for Sleeping
#1 The Best Full Size Hip Pillow
The Snuggle-pedic body pillow is the #1 rated body pillow for a reason. It lasts forever unlike the majority of other body pillows. OK, forever is a strong statement since I own my second one of these, however it lasts a long time! It also has a cooling material which is great if you are a warm sleeper. My favorite part of this pillow is how pliable it is while still maintaining its fullness.
#2 Best Knee Pillow for Hip Pain
This pillow is my all-time favorite for sleeping. The Sleep Yoga Knee Pillow is long enough to give support to both your knees and ankles. It is an ergonomically designed down alternative pillow for knee support, Hypoallergenic & Washable, 26″ x 13″ x 3″ and comes in white. It is made with 80% Cotton / 20% Coolmax and made in the USA.
#3 Best Full Size Hip Pillow for under $20.00
The BioPedic SoftLOFT Body Pillow is extra soft and squishy making it great for snuggling while falling asleep but I don’t find it firm enough to support my legs and knees to help my hips while sleeping.
#4 Best Knee Pillow for under $30.00
The ComfiLife ergonomically designed knee pillow fits comfortably between your knees and provides maximum support and comfort at night. It usually takes a few days for your body to get adjusted to using a knee pillow at night and feel the results. Its made with 100% premium quality durable cut memory foam to provide long lasting comfort for hours. Pillow dimensions are 9.8 x 7.9 x 6.3 inches
A small adjustment to your sleeping habits like adding a hip pillow could be a life changing adjustment. Eliminating your hip pain equals better sleep which equals better overall health.
To learn more about Managing Hip Pain at Night read my blog article Hip Pain at Night.
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