Joint pain during the night is something that bothers a lot of people and is one of the most often causes of sleepless nights. Just falling asleep while one of your joints is aching can be quite difficult, even with the help of pain medication.
Hip pain is probably the worst of the bunch though since it makes it difficult to find a good position that will relieve the pain at least a bit. But, there are things that you can do to help yourself.
In this article I’ll cover the major causes hip pain while sleeping and the ways in which you can treat the pain in your hip.
But, I had to find out more and here is some of the info I discovered about the more common causes of hip pain.
There are many medical conditions that could cause the ache in the hip but some of the most commons ones are:
A condition common among older people that can also affect younger people. It can take many different forms, like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and many others. It is characterized by constant pain that gets more severe during the night.
This condition is caused by the inflammation of the bursa, small fluid-filled sacks in the joints. It causes sharp pain at first, followed by dull pain that spreads to other areas. It can be more intense after lying or sitting for a long time.
Bad Sleeping Position
This is a no-brainer and probably the first thing most people blame their hip pain on. Of course, it’s not always the prime cause, and you should make sure you don’t accidentally overlook a serious condition.
Some of the bad sleeping habits you might want to fix include:
There are a few things you can do to fix your sleeping position and relieve your pain. For starters, you could try sleeping on your back or the side that doesn’t hurt, but that might not help in most cases.
Other things you can try include:
There are various other ways you could use a pillow for support during sleep, even for problems with pain in other body parts.
A Bad Mattress
But what is a bad mattress and how do you know if your pains are caused by one?
Here are a few things that make a mattress bad:
How to Manage Hip Pain
Once I found out what was causing my hip pain I was still left with the question of how to deal with it. As I found out, there are some things that are universally helpful. Here are a few of the best things you can do to help yourself
Regular Low-impact Exercise
One of the best things you can do to relieve your hip pain or prevent it in the future is to exercise regularly. However, this doesn’t mean that you should go all-out. You should stick to low-impact exercises and make sure to do them regularly. But what are the best exercises you can do?
The best exercises for dealing with hip pain are:
Stretching your hip area from time to time is also a good thing to try. You can go for this easy stretch routine:
You can perform these stretches during the day, directly before going to bed or if the pain wakes you up during the night. You might also want to perform them before doing any other exercises.
Better Sleep Hygiene
Overall, improving your sleep hygiene can help you fall asleep easier despite some hip pain you might have and getting more sleep will make you more tolerant to the pain in the future.
Proper Support during Sleep
To get quality sleep time, you need to sleep on a surface that properly supports your body and conforms to its shape instead of contorting it unnaturally.
However, even if you have a mattress that’s supportive enough under normal circumstances, you might still need a bit of extra support to deal with your hip pain.
There are various ways you can achieve this:
You can try out many other positions and find the one which fits you the best and makes you feel the least pain.
Getting a good massage can do wonders for pain in your hips and getting massages on a regular basis will help even more.
Of course, I’m referring to actual massages, not the “massages” offered in shady newspaper adds.
The reason massages can help is because they loosen up the tightened and sore muscles around the hip which might cause the pain or contribute to its severity.
Here’s what you can do:
Of course, keep in mind that you might not get a noticeable difference after just one session – you need at least five or six to see a change.
Be wary of things like acupuncture and other unproven methods, though.
In case over-the-counter medicine doesn’t help you will need to go to the doctor’s and see what can be done.
There are a lot of other treatments that can help, including:
All of these can be extremely effective, so don’t delay your visit to the doctor if you think you have this condition.
I tried to cover as much as I possibly could in this article, but I couldn’t go over absolutely everything, though I wish I had the time and space for that.
If you need more info, follow some of the links I’ve included throughout this article or look at some of the other articles on this blog – you’re sure to find something useful in there.
In case this article helped you at least a little bit – and I hope it did – feel free to share it around or just comment about anything you might have liked or disliked about it. I’m open to any criticisms you might have.
Until next time, have a good night’s sleep!