If you suffer from hip pain, there’s a couple of things that you can try to ease it. For some helpful tips, keep reading.
Changing your sleeping position can make a big difference to your hip pain. If you’re a side sleeper, training yourself to sleep on your back can really help take the pressure off your hips and let you wake up in the morning pain-free. It can be difficult but as long as you’re persistent, you can teach yourself to fall asleep and stay asleep- on your back. The key is to use your pillows in such a way to keep you from rolling onto your side once you’re asleep. If you place a pillow underneath your knees to prop your legs up slightly, it will take any pressure off of your back and keep you comfortable. Then place pillows either side of you under your arms to keep you in place on your back. Finally a pillow under your head; it’s best to use a fairly thin pillow if possible to keep your neck aligned with your spine and stop any aches and pains developing here.
If you struggle with this and find yourself waking up on your side every morning, there are still a few other options to help ease your hip pain. You can put a pillow between your hips which will help to align them, reducing the pressure and supporting your pelvis and spine.
Something else that could be causing your hip pain is if you’re sleeping on the wrong kind of mattress. If you’re a side sleeper, and your mattress is too soft or too hard, it can cause pain in your hips. You want a mattress that offers good support and contours to your hips, reducing any pressure points and helping to ease the pain. Equally, if your mattress is too soft, it won’t support your hips and it won’t keep them properly aligned, causing pain. It’s recommended for side sleepers suffering from hip pain to opt for a soft to medium mattress, preferably with memory foam. This will allow the mattress to contour to the curves of your body, especially your shoulders and hips, supporting them, aligning them, and easing that pain. For more information on mattresses, click here.
Another really good way to help ease the pain is to practise good sleep hygiene. By getting the best sleep you can, it will leave you feeling more relaxed and rested. To get restful, fulfilling sleep you need to make some lifestyle changes. Going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each day will help you get into a good routine and give you a better night’s sleep. Not watching TV, using a computer or mobile phone in the hour or two before you go to bed will also help you sleep, giving your brain time to wind down and letting you fall asleep faster. You’ll be surprised how a good night’s sleep will help relieve those aches and pains!