Hips Hurt Sleeping on Side: Why Mattress Materials Matter

Hips Hurt Sleeping on Side: Why Mattress Materials Matter

If you’re a side sleeper who recently began experiencing hip pain, your mattress may be to blame. Upgrading to a mattress made for side sleepers, like the one from SONU Sleep, can help reduce and prevent hip pain.

Sometimes, the cause of your hip pain is an underlying health issue. It is still important that you choose the right mattress material to help support your hips as you heal.

If you sleep on your side, this position can result in too much pressure being placed on your hip, thus leading to aches and pains.

Suffering from hip pain at night can lead to sleep deprivation. Having a painful hip can make it hard for you to fall asleep at night, and it may continually wake you up as the night goes on.

Hip pain can be caused by a wide variety of health issues, injuries, or other factors, and determining what is causing this symptom can help you find relief more quickly.

Read on to learn more about hip pain while side sleeping, potential causes, treatment options, and how the SONU Sleep System may be able to help.

What Causes Hip Pain While Side Sleeping?

Sometimes, the pain you are experiencing is medical. Some common hip issues that people suffer from are bursitis, arthritis, tendinitis, and hip fracture.


Overuse of the hips can lead to bursitis, an inflammatory response that occurs in the fluid sacs surrounding the hip joints. Bursitis will usually go away with time, but a doctor may suggest that you take pain medication. If your bursitis is extreme, surgery may be required.


Aging is often accompanied by the deterioration of our joints, which is called arthritis. Arthritis can stem from other health issues or overuse of the joints. A doctor may prescribe pain medication to treat arthritis or suggest changes to your lifestyle.


Tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendons. Many people who play sports that repeatedly use their tendons are prone to tendinitis. The condition is temporary and can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE).

Hip Fracture

Weakening of the bones and accidents can sometimes lead to hip fractures. Signs that someone has a hip fracture include severe hip pain, inability to get up after a fall, a bruised hip area, and more. The only way to repair a hip fracture is with surgery and physical therapy.

When Should I Call a Doctor?

If your hip pain has gone from occasional to constant, it’s time to alert a physician. If you have difficulty getting in and out of bed, doing chores, or walking due to your hip pain, a doctor is the best person to help you come up with a pain relief plan. You should also notify your doctor if you are experiencing other symptoms along with your hip pain, like a fever.

What Are Some Mattress Options for Hip Pain?

The following mattress materials are best for hip pain.

Serene Foam

Serene foam is a relatively new option in the mattress world. The foam contains air pockets that help air flow through it, combatting the heat retention that is so common in other types of foam. Like other foams, serene foam contours to your unique body shape, which helps hip pain sufferers by cradling their aching hips and preventing too much pressure from being applied.

SONU’s mattresses are made of 26 highly resilient foams topped off with a layer of Serene foam, delivering a well-cushioned mattress that provides pressure relief on the torso and hips. The mattress is designed with side sleepers in mind.

SONU’s Support Pillows may also help relieve and prevent hip pain while side sleeping by aligning your head, neck, and spine. Each SONU mattress comes with Support Pillows for optimal head and neck comfort.

Memory Foam

Memory foam has been popular with customers for years. It’s able to conform to a person’s body shape while they’re sleeping, but it will bounce back to its original shape when they get up. People with hip pain should pick a firmness level for their memory foam that doesn’t make them feel like they are sinking in or that the mattress is too hard. Medium-firm is usually recommended.


Like serene and memory foam, latex conforms to sleepers’ bodies. However, it bounces back much faster than foam mattresses do. Customers enjoy latex due to its cooling comfort, which is perfect for anyone who does not want to sleep hot. Latex delivers good pressure relief for people with hip pain and other pain issues.


If you suffer from hip pain when you sleep on your side, invest in a mattress made for side sleepers that delivers body contouring and pressure relief. You can also minimize your pain by stretching, using support pillows, or using the RICE recovery method.

When it comes to hip pain and mattresses, your mattress's material matters.

Generally, you will want to opt for something that is sturdy, supportive, and body-conforming. Materials that deliver in this regard are serene foam, memory foam, and latex.

SONU’s mattresses were designed with side sleepers in mind and are the solution to the pain or pressure that often results from sleeping on your side.

Memory foam layers are encased in cooling Serene foam for a comfortable temperature. The SONU Sleep System also features a top layer of plush serene foam for Sink-In support that offers soothing pain relief and prevention. SONU’s mattresses even come with a patented Comfort Channel that allows sleepers to immerse their arms into it, further relieving pressure from the body.

Do you have hip pain? Are you ready for some relief that doesn’t involve exercise or physical therapy? SONU’s mattresses were made with you in mind.

What are you waiting for? Check out the SONU Sleep System today.


Is sleeping on my side bad for hip pain?

Sleeping on your side can actually be good for hip pain if you have a mattress made for side sleepers. A mattress for side sleepers will keep your body in alignment, one of the most crucial aspects to reducing hip pain.

How will SONU’s mattress help relieve my hip pain?

SONU’s mattresses are made with several layers of body contouring foams that deliver pressure relief and spine alignment. SONU’s adjustable support pillows are also an important part of what makes its mattresses a great choice for people suffering from pain.


The Best Sleeping Positions to Reduce Hip Pain | Healthy Sleep

What Causes Hip Pain at Night? | Hackensack Meridian Health

Hip fracture - Symptoms and causes | Mayo Clinic

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