Increased joint pain experienced overnight can be caused by the decreased movement of joints. Some main causes of hip pain include osteoarthritis caused by cartilage deterioration, tendinitis, which is inflammation of a tendon, and bursitis in which the fluid sacs found in joints become inflamed. However, bed quality and muscle stiffness can also be contributing factors. Sleep position, such as side sleeping, can strain the hip joint. An easy solution for positional pain is to sleep on one’s back keeping the spine and hip supported. Because sleep is an important aspect of overall health, it is important to address any issues. If the pain is unmanageable or occurs with other medical issues discussed in the article, it is recommended to discuss the issue with your doctor.
- 1Hip joint pain is worse at night because joints swell during the night when a person does not move
- 2The Arthritis Foundation states common causes of hip pain are due to osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis.
- 3Other reasons for night hip pain include a poor mattress, stiff lower back, tight muscles or bowel issues.
Lower back pain and stiffness can also strain your hip joint if you are sleeping sideways on your hips. My doctor suggested that one way to avoid stiffness is to sleep on your back with your palms up, this will place your body in a position that will support your spine, back and hips.
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