Hip Pain When Sleeping on Either Side

Hip pain that occurs while sleeping can typically be addressed to the change in the alignment of the spine while you lie down on your side, mattress composition and support levels as well as the possibility of a nerve passing through the pelvis or hip bone being triggered while laying down. If the pain tends to disappear while no longer laying down, it is likely not caused by something serious.


As previously stated, nighttime hip pain can most commonly be attributed to the change in the spinal alignment while laying down. Increased pressure may be placed on the lower back and hips as a result, causing pain. Other common causes may include:

  • Sleeping on a mattress that does not provide sufficient support and cushioning for the back and hips.
  • A trapped nerve that passes through the hips and causes pain while laying down, as it becomes more pressed down, although this issue tends to affect mostly one side of the hips and not both at the same time.
  • Tight muscles in the lower back, hips, buttocks or legs.
  • An injury that has affected the hips, which can lead to sudden hip pain.
  • Radiating pain or referred pain that occurs in the lower back or legs, but manifests in the hips.
  • Undiagnosed conditions affecting the hip, such as rheumatoid arthritis, hip arthritis pain or hip osteoarthritis, which affects the hip joints, hip bursitis, where fluid-filled sacs called bursae become inflamed, hip dysplasia, hip tendonitis (irritation or inflammation of one or more tendons in the hip), hip impingement, or tight hip flexors.

Treatment Options

In many cases, a sore hip is not caused by something serious. You may even find that the pain goes away soon after you are no longer sleeping or laying down on the affected hip, or even if you turn onto the opposite hip.

However, if the symptoms keep returning, or you experience sudden hip pain, there may be an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. That being said, there are a few remedies you can try to fix the problem from home. Some of them include:

  • Using pain relievers such as NSAIDs to remporarily reduce the pain.
  • Stretching to relieve tight muscles and relax the spine and hips.
  • Resting and allowing your body to recover if an injury is what has caused the pain.
  • Investing in a mattress that provides ample support for the hips to reduce hip discomfort.
  • Adjusting your sleeping position so that you sleep on your back instead of sleeping on your sides if you find that the latter tends to lead to pain. Additionally, you can also place a pillow between your knees to shift the alignment of your spine while laying down and reduce the pressure placed on your hips while sleeping on your side.
  • Addressing any back problems, including trapped, posture issues, and chronic hip pain by decompressing your spine with the help of Backrack Technology.

Backrack Spinal Decompression Device

The Backrack is an orthopaedic device that uses patented technology to safely and effectively decompress your spine, providing long-term pain relief across all major regions of the spine, hips, arms, and legs. On top of relieving pain, it helps with posture correction and helps improve spinal range of motion. It is 100% natural, comfortable, and free of side-effects. Thousands of people have already seen its benefits, so why not be one of them?

How Spinal Decompression Can Help with Hip Pain

Spinal decompression therapy helps restore the natural length and shape of your spine, and helps correct one’s posture and spinal misalignment, as well as freeing trapped nerves, ultimately reducing pain.

Severe Hip Pain

In some cases of chronic pain, where more conservative treatment options did not provide the desired pain relief, surgerical interventions such as may be considered as hip resurfacing or a total hip replacement may be considered as a last resort option.

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