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18 May 2022

Hip pain when sleeping on your side? Check out our 3 tips to reduce the burden!

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Hip pain when sleeping on your side? Check out our 3 tips to reduce the burden!

Do you experience pain in your hips from sleeping on your side? Chances are, your current mattress has something to do with it. Now, complaints in the hips are common, just like pain in the lower back after sleeping. The hip area has to endure a lot in a lifetime and therefore deserves the right support. A good mattress can help reduce pain in the hips while sleeping. However, in addition to multiple causes of pain, there are also multiple solutions to get rid of it. In this blog we will discuss the complaint itself and what could possibly be the solution to the problem.

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What are hip problems?

Hip complaints are logically pain in and around the hip. In daily life your hips are subjected to considerable stress and most complaints arise as a result of overburdening, for example by sport or physical work. Pain in the hip is not necessarily caused by the hip joint itself, but can also be the result of a condition elsewhere in the body, such as the pelvis or lower back. Pain in the hip is not always caused by overloading, but can also be the result of prolonged bad posture, such as when sleeping. Pain in the hip after sleeping is therefore often the result of a poor mattress. 

Possible causes of pain in hip after sleeping

  • Bursitis 
  • Overweight
  • Injury
  • Wrong mattress


The bursa is actually a bag of fluid that prevents tendons and bones from rubbing together. In the hip, it is located on the outside of the hip head. At the moment that the bursa is inflamed, the bursa is not functioning as it should and you will experience symptoms. A bursa inflammation often occurs as a result of overloading, but can also be the result of a prolonged wrong posture. The inflammation that occurs can cause pain in hip after sleeping.


Being overweight is a logical cause of pain in the lower back and hips. The joints in the hips, which already have to endure a lot in normal use, are put under extra strain by being overweight. This causes faster wear and tear and therefore more chance of complaints such as pain in the lower back and hips after sleeping.  


An injury can also cause lower back and hip pain after sleeping. If you have made a wrong movement and a muscle is stretched or a vertebra is displaced as a result, you can suffer greatly. In your normal sleeping position, the areas that need to recover may be under too much tension.

Wrong mattress

By now it is clear that prolonged wrong posture can cause lower back and hip pain after sleeping. A poor mattress also contributes to this. If your mattress does not support your natural sleeping posture, in the long term this can even lead to vertebrae growing crookedly. It is therefore important that the hip zone sinks a little into the mattress so that the spinal column maintains a nice straight line with the neck. Too much counter pressure on the hip (with a mattress that is too hard) will cause you to automatically assume a crooked position to correct. A mattress with different zones of counter pressure is therefore essential for people with hip pain after sleeping.

Sleeping better with hip pain 

Improve sleep position 

If you wake up with pain in hip after sleeping you can try to change your sleeping position. If you sleep on your side, there is quite a bit of pressure on the hip area. A better sleeping position is on your back. In general, sleeping on your back ensures the most upright position of the spine and the least pressure on the hips. In addition, make sure that the mattress is not too soft. If you sink too deeply into it, this also leads to an incorrect posture. A mattress that is too hard will do the same. It should take the natural shape of your body without losing support. Sleeping on your stomach is the least favorable position for maintaining a straight spine.

Exercises to keep hips flexible

By keeping your muscles and joints flexible, you will experience less hip pain after sleeping. You can achieve this by doing regular exercises that are good for the pelvis, hips and lower back. A good exercise is the pelvic bridge. This involves lying on your back with your arms along your body, knees bent and heels towards your buttocks. From this position you push your pelvis into the air. Start with two sets of 10 and try to repeat every day. For more exercises, we recommend talking to a physical therapist. If you also experience lower back pain, also check out our 5 exercises for back pain after sleeping.

Preventing hip pain with a good mattress

Are you also tired of waking up with hip pain? The best mattress for hip and lower back pain has different zones for the different pressure points such as those of the hips and shoulders. A good mattress moulds to your body until you have a natural upright posture. Do not use a mattress with a too thick comfort layer, because then these parts will sink in too far. A good mattress prevents complaints and ensures that you can sleep well. 

Need personal advice on how a mattress can help with hip pain?

Then check out both Morningstar mattresses. The Stellar mattress offers the complete picture in terms of support and comfort. This mattress is firm, yet feels soft and gives just the right amount of room to the hip and shoulder area. The comfort layer moulds perfectly to the body and also has excellent ventilation. The Morningstar Astro mattress also has the ideal comfort zones and has a hard and a soft side. In combination with the Aero topper, it is the ideal solution for your lower back and hip pain after sleeping.

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Which mattress works best for hip pain?

The best mattress for hip pain has several comfort zones and molds well to the body, without a loss of support. Mattresses like the Morningstar Astro mattress combined with a Morningstar Aero topper, achieve the intended results.

Which sleeping position to choose for hip pain?

Sleeping on the back takes most of the pressure off the hip area. In addition, the back and neck lie in the ideal upright position, provided the mattress allows for the natural position. Sleeping on the side is also fine if the mattress provides space for the hip and shoulder zone, without loss of support.

What is the best way to reduce hip pain after sleeping?

It is best to do regular exercises to keep the hip area supple. Keeping the muscles and tendons supple will help maintain them.

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