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By Jackson Lindeke and Dr. Jenny Iyo

We always advise people to pick a mattress tailored to their unique needs, and for those experiencing hip pain, that means a mattress crafted for optimal support and pressure relief. Mattresses designed for hip pain typically feature durable construction and specialized materials to distribute weight evenly, ensuring the hip area receives the right balance of cushioning and support. 

Understanding the root cause of your hip pain is the first step in pinpointing the right mattress. Discomfort in the hips can stem from a variety of conditions, including arthritis, injuries, or even an unsupportive mattress. Consulting your doctor and recognizing the source of pain can help you find a mattress with the right level of contouring, firmness, and overall support — all essential factors for maintaining healthy spinal alignment and reducing strain on the hips.

We’ll explore the mattresses best suited for hip pain, highlighting our top choices in various categories. And if you experience occasional hip pain and would like to broaden your search to encompass mattresses that excel in other performance categories, check out our testing team’s wide-ranging picks for the best mattresses of 2024.

What’s the Best Mattress for Hip Pain?

An all-around performer, the Helix Midnight took the top spot as our best overall mattress for hip pain. Our team was impressed by its balanced hybrid design, which masterfully merges contouring foam with sturdy coils, offering both pressure relief and durable support for a variety of body types

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In-Depth Reviews

“Our testers all agreed that the Helix Midnight is a solid choice for sleepers with hip pain. A balanced medium firm feel and gentle contouring from the foam layers should help alleviate pain and pressure in the hips, while the sturdy coils keep your lower back supported.” – Logan Foley, Managing Editor

  • Pros

    1. Hybrid construction strikes a great balance between cushioning and support

    2. Top layer of memory foam conforms to the hips and eases pressure points

    3. Reinforced perimeter makes it easier to get out of bed comfortably

  • Cons

    1. Sleepers over 230 pounds may sink too deeply into the contouring memory foam

    2. Coil support core produces some motion transfer

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$749 – $1,399

Trial Period

100 nights (30-night requirement)

Product Details

Helix Sleep’s mattress line includes more than a dozen hybrid models, all designed with certain types of sleepers in mind. The Helix Midnight is specifically tailored to side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds. That said, our tests show the balanced feel and strong support make this mattress suitable to a wide range of people across different body types and sleep positions.

How It Performed

During our hands-on tests, most side and back sleepers on our team felt comfortable and adequately supported on the Helix Midnight. Those weighing up to 230 pounds were particularly impressed. Our stomach sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds also awarded the Midnight favorable ratings.

We noticed minimal sinkage when testing the mattress for edge support, and this is largely due to the reinforced perimeter coils. Temperature control was another testing area where the Midnight performed well. The coils should generate enough airflow to keep the entire mattress reasonably cool, whether you use the standard or GlacioTex cover — though we recommend the latter if you’re an excessively hot sleeper or prone to night sweats.

What It’s Made of

The Midnight’s comfort system consists of a memory foam comfort layer over transitional polyfoam. We’ve rated this mattress as medium firm (6), so you should expect light contouring and little to no “hugging.” Pocketed coils and dense base foam make up the support core. The perimeter coils are reinforced to push back against your weight when you lie near the edges or get in and out of bed.

Standard Midnight models come with knit polyester covers. You can upgrade your order to include a cover made of GlacioTex phase change material, which is engineered to capture and release body heat on contact. This addition may be useful for hot sleepers and those who reside in exceptionally warm or humid climates.

The Midnight carries a much lower price-point than the average hybrid model, and shipping is free to all 50 states. Your order includes two Helix Dream Pillows at no extra cost. Helix Sleep’s trial period allows you to test the mattress for up to 100 nights before deciding whether to return it or keep it. If you opt for the latter, you’ll also receive a 10-year warranty against structural defects.

“The DreamCloud’s adaptive contouring and pressure-relieving abilities are pretty rare for a hybrid model — and we’ve tested many of them. The thick profile ensured plenty of room for deep foam layers that cushioned our pressure points without sacrificing overall support.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Quilted polyfoam and cashmere top cushions the hips

    2. Memory foam comfort layer evenly distributes weight to relieve pressure

    3. Backed by a 365-night sleep trial and limited lifetime warranty

  • Cons

    1. Foam layers might produce some initial off-gassing odors

    2. May require a fitted sheet with deep pockets

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$499 – $999

Trial Period

365 nights (30-night requirement)

Product Details

The DreamCloud is a memory foam hybrid mattress with a layer of polyfoam quilted into its cashmere poly-blend cover. This combination of materials made the bed extremely comfortable for many of our testers.

How It Performed

Thanks to its foam comfort system, pressure relief is a key strength of the DreamCloud. This, and the medium firm (6) feel, made the bed a good fit for our side sleepers, who benefit from cradling in their shoulder and hip areas to reduce pressure buildup. Our back sleepers found this bed comfortable, as well, due to the balance of support from the coils and gentle cushioning of the foam.

The reinforced edge prevented us from sinking when we sat or laid on the bed’s perimeter. The mattress also slept fairly cool during our tests, thanks to strong air circulation through the coils. Unlike most other hybrids – particularly those with latex – the DreamCloud felt relatively light and easy to lift and move. The foam layers also absorbed a good amount of motion transfer and noise, making it a solid choice for couples who value motion isolation.

What It’s Made of

The DreamCloud’s construction begins with a breathable cashmere cover quilted with polyfoam for a plush initial feel. Underneath is a memory foam layer infused with cooling gel meant to reduce heat buildup. A polyfoam transitional layer prevents you from sinking too deeply into the mattress. All three layers hug and cushion your body without sagging beneath the shoulders and hips.

Pocketed coils make up the support core, reinforcing the sleep surface and preventing excessive sinkage. The coils also create a supportive perimeter, so you can sleep or sit near the edges without experiencing “roll off.” The coils rest on a polyfoam base layer for stability.

The DreamCloud’s price-point falls beneath the average hybrid model. Free shipping is offered to all customers in the contiguous U.S., and White Glove delivery is available for an additional charge. The mattress is backed by a 365-night sleep trial, one of the longest mattress trials offered anywhere, as well as a lifetime warranty.

“The Softer WinkBed’s plush, adaptive surface is better suited to side sleeping than most of the hybrid models we’ve tested. I’ve been sleeping on this mattress for over a year and my spine is always in perfect alignment thanks to the phenomenal support.” – Jackson Lindeke, Director of Product Experience

  • Pros

    1. Thick foam layers contour closely to encourage spinal alignment

    2. Zoned coils push back against the midsection

    3. Breathable, moisture-wicking Tencel cover sleeps cool

  • Cons

    1. Plush surface inhibits ease of movement for combination sleepers

    2. Too soft for some side sleepers over 230 pounds

Mattress Type

Innerspring

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4)

Price Range

$1,149 – $2,049

Trial Period

120 nights (30 night requirement)

Product Details

Side sleepers with hip pain typically need a soft sleep surface, so most hybrids are off the table due to their medium firm or firm designs. The Softer Winkbed bucks this trend with a medium soft (4) feel and thick foam layers that contour closely to cradle the spine and reduce pressure. This version of the WinkBed was particularly popular among side sleepers on our team weighing up to 230 pounds.

How It Performed

Back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds also awarded favorable ratings to the Softer WinkBed. The foam layers were adaptive enough to cushion the hips and other areas along the spine, but the support system kept their bodies on even planes and prevented excessive sinkage. Those weighing more — as well as side sleepers over 230 pounds — may need a firmer version of the mattress.

We also found the Softer WinkBed excelled at pressure relief and motion isolation. Firmer hybrids tend to underperform in these areas, but the thick foam layers make a noticeable difference. Temperature control was another strong point during our tests. The Softer WinkBed’s comfort system may still retain some heat, but a moisture-wicking cover and steady airflow through the coils should prevent the mattress from feeling uncomfortably warm.

What It’s Made of

Like other WinkBed models, the Softer WinkBed begins with adaptive polyfoam quilted into a Euro-top cover. A comfort layer of proprietary SupportCell foam cradles the body, while a third foam layer not found in firmer WinkBeds provides additional cushioning. As a result, the Softer model is significantly softer than its counterparts.

The support core contains pocketed coils. Thicker coils rest beneath the midsection to push back against the extra weight people tend to carry in their shoulders, stomach, and hips. The perimeter is also reinforced to reduce sinkage when you get in and out of bed. A cover made of breathable, moisture-wicking Tencel fabric encases the mattress.

WinkBeds offers free ground delivery throughout the contiguous U.S. Your order comes with a 120-night trial. If you aren’t satisfied with the Softer WinkBed, you may exchange the mattress for a firmer model backed by an additional 60-night trial period. All mattresses come with lifetime warranties against structural defects.

“The Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid’s foam layers really cushion your body to reduce soreness in the hips and other areas along the spine. This can sometimes result in less support, as we’ve seen with competing models, but our test team found that the thick pocketed coils provided a reliably sturdy base.” – Logan Foley, Managing Editor

  • Pros

    1. Three firmness levels offer tailored hip support

    2. Polyfoam cradles the hips without sinking excessively

    3. Transitional polyfoam layer aids in motion isolation

  • Cons

    1. Firm model may aggravate hip pain in side sleepers under 130 pounds

    2. Medium soft option sleeps slightly warm

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$499 – $1,199

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Product Details

Although there’s no such thing as a “universally comfortable” mattress, some models offer a wider range of firmness options to meet the needs of different sleepers. The Brooklyn Bedding is sold in medium soft (4), medium firm (6), and firm (7) designs. You can further optimize your sleep surface by adding a phase change pillow-top layer that delivers extra cushioning and cooling.

How It Performed

The medium soft Signature Hybrid earned its highest ratings from our side sleepers up to 230 pounds and back sleepers under 130 pounds. This model has the thickest, most adaptive foam layers, so you can expect deep cushioning — but sleepers in these weight groups shouldn’t sink too much. Our back and stomach sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds preferred the firm model, which feels highly supportive by comparison. Those seeking a balance of contouring and reinforcement should consider the medium firm design.

Motion isolation and pressure relief were testing highlights for the medium soft model. Couples can get the rest they need without sleep disruptions when their partner changes positions, and the foam layers conform closely enough to reduce discomfort in the shoulders and hips. If edge support and ease of movement are your higher priorities, the medium firm and firm models may be more suitable. All versions of the mattress scored high marks during our temperature control tests.

What It’s Made of

The Signature Hybrid’s specific construction depends on which firmness you choose. The medium soft and medium firm models begin with adaptive polyfoam and cotton fibers quilted into the cover for a plush surface. The firm design only contains the fiber fill, resulting in a noticeably firmer feel. The softer models also feature a memory foam comfort layer, whereas the firmer model uses responsive TitanFlex polyfoam for more bounce.

Transitional polyfoam and pocketed coils create a stable base. A cotton cover encases standard models. For an additional fee, you can upgrade to a pillow-top that makes the surface feel softer regardless of your selected firmness. This component is encased in GlacioTex, a phase change material engineered to dissipate body heat.

The Signature Hybrid is available in 14 different sizes. In addition to standard mattress dimensions, these include a split California king for couples with adjustable beds and a handful of RV-friendly options. Standard ground shipping is free within the contiguous U.S. Brooklyn Bedding backs all mattresses with 120-night trial periods and 10-year manufacturer’s warranties.

“The Nolah Evolution 15 succeeds largely because of its thick profile. This allows for a total of four foam layers, which closely contoured to our bodies during testing, as well as a robust coil system.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Expert

  • Pros

    1. Three firmness options allow you to choose the right fit

    2. Zoned support offers targeted benefits for spinal alignment

    3. Graphite infusions and coil system promote temperature control

  • Cons

    1. Thick profile may require deep pocket sheets

    2. Firm model doesn’t offer the contouring needed by side sleepers with hip pain

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,004 – $2,143

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night requirement)

Product Details

Nolah’s Evolution 15 is a pillow-top hybrid that offers top-tier pressure relief. Measuring 15 inches thick, this mattress earned high marks from our testers who enjoy the feel of a high-profile bed. The mattress is available in three firmness levels that correspond to medium (5), medium firm (6), and firm (8) on our firmness scale.

How It Performed

If you’re a side sleeper living with hip pain, you will probably prefer the medium or medium firm feels, depending on how much you weigh. During testing, the softest model earned its highest ratings from side sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds, while the medium firm suited testers who weigh more than 230 pounds. Meanwhile, the medium firm and firm should offer sufficient support if you sleep on your back or stomach.

Thanks to its softer feel, the mattress can reduce sleep disruptions if you share the bed with a restless sleep partner. The foams absorb movement when you or your partner change positions or get in and out of bed, resulting in limited motion transfer across the surface. Our heat guns also detected minimal heat buildup on the surface of the mattress, which should appeal to hot sleepers.

What It’s Made of

A Euro-top quilted with polyfoam begins the comfort system, giving the surface a plush feel. Underneath is a comfort layer composed of AirFoamICE, a proprietary polyfoam that contours evenly to your body without hugging too tightly. The foam is also infused with cooling graphite intended to prevent the buildup of body heat. An additional polyfoam layer provides transitional support to prevent excess sinkage.

The support core contains zoned pocketed coils that provide extra strength around your midsection and also reinforce the perimeter against sinkage when you sleep near or sit along the edges. The coils rest on a base polyfoam layer to prevent shifting. A breathable organic cotton cover infused with cooling ArcticTex fibers encases the mattress.

Nolah offers free ground shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Your purchase includes a sleep trial that allows you to test out the Evolution 15 for up to 120 nights, along with a lifetime warranty should you decide to keep the mattress.

“We’ve tested many hybrids, but the Bear Elite Hybrid stands apart from the competition by offering multiple layers designed for zoned support. The result is optimal spinal alignment and pressure relief. Three firmness levels are available to further ensure less hip pain and more comfortable sleep.” – Tom Ryan, Head of Product Testing

  • Pros

    1. Enhanced support from the zoned coil system

    2. Copper-infused memory foam contours to the hips without overheating

    3. Three firmness levels cater to different sleeping positions

  • Cons

    1. Softest model inhibits movement

    2. Coils may generate some motion transfer

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)

Price Range

$1,231 – $2,548

Trial Period

120 nights (30-night break-in period)

Product Details

Spinal alignment is key to reducing hip pain, and some mattresses are better equipped to promote even alignment than others. The Bear Elite Hybrid is constructed with a transitional foam layer divided into five firmness zones, creating more pushback around the midsection and gentler cradling for the head and legs. The mattress’ pocketed coil layer is also zoned in the same manner, so you shouldn’t experience excessive sinkage beneath heavier areas of your body.

How It Performed

Our team tested each of the Elite Hybrid’s three firmness levels. The firm (5) design earned its strongest ratings from our side and back sleepers under 130 pounds. These testers enjoyed the deep contouring from the top layer bolstered by zoned transitional and coil support. The medium firm (6) model was most popular across the board, with particularly favorable ratings from side sleepers of at least 130 pounds and back sleepers up to 230 pounds. If you’re a stomach sleeper, we recommend the firm (7) model — especially if you weigh 130 pounds or more.

Cooling proved to be a major strength of the Elite Hybrid during our tests. A Celliant-blend cover engineered to dissipate heat on contact, breathable copper infused into the top layer, and steady circulation through the coils all help the mattress maintain a comfortable temperature. We were also impressed with the Elite Hybrid’s edge support, particularly for the two firmer models. The reinforced perimeter delivers strong pushback to prevent excessive sinkage when you lie near the edges of your mattress or get in and out of bed.

What It’s Made of

The Elite Hybrid’s comfort system contains memory foam over a five-zone layer of transitional polyfoam. Although contouring level depends on which firmness you choose, the mattress offers even cushioning to cradle the spine and help ensure optimal alignment. Copper infused into the memory foam is intended to promote breathability and consistent cooling.

Pocketed coils and high-density base foam make up the support core. Thicker coils rest beneath the midsection and reinforce the perimeter, making the surface easy to move across and reducing sinkage while you sleep. The cover is composed of fabric containing Celliant fibers engineered to release heat before the foam layers absorb it.

Seven sizes are available, including a split king if you and your partner use an adjustable bed. Should you opt for the split size, you can reach out to Bear and arrange for a different firmness level on each side. Standard shipping is free for customers in the contiguous U.S. Your purchase comes with a 120-night trial period, and those who keep the Elite Hybrid also receive a lifetime warranty.

“Pairing the Puffy Lux Hybrid with the company’s state-of-the-art adjustable bed is a solid solution for people with chronic or frequent hip pain. Close, even contouring from the mattress’ foam layers and the base’s zoned massage capabilities can do wonders for alleviating aches, soreness, and pressure points.” – Jeremy Klein, Senior Product Expert

  • Pros

    1. All-in-one bundle includes luxury hybrid mattress and adjustable bed base

    2. Soft foam layers offer great pressure relief for the hips

    3. Dual-zone massage function may reduce discomfort in the muscles and joints

  • Cons

    1. May be too soft to maintain alignment in sleepers over 230 pounds

    2. Stomach sleepers with hip pain may need a firmer model

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5)

Price Range

$1,948 – $3,896

Trial Period

101 nights

Product Details

Many mattresses can reduce hip pain on their own, but an adjustable bed can take pain relief up a notch. Puffy’s Lux Smart Bed Set includes both components. The Puffy Lux Hybrid is plush and adaptive with thick foam layers that contour closely to your body. Using this mattress with the Serenity Adjustable Base, a bed frame equipped with dual-zone massage and a wide range of motion, is an ideal combo for anyone living with severe discomfort.

How It Performed

As a medium (5) mattress, the Lux Hybrid is softer than many competing coil mattresses. Three thick foam layers make up the comfort system, creating a cloud-like surface with deep cushioning and contouring as your body settles. Side sleepers on our team weighing up to 230 pounds were particularly impressed, as were back sleepers under 130 pounds. We also awarded the mattress high marks for pressure relief and motion isolation.

Dual-zone massage is a defining feature of the Puffy Serenity Adjustable Base. Gentle ripples alleviate aches and pains for your upper and lower body, and you can choose from different intensity levels depending on your personal preferences. Adjustable legs allow you to customize the height to five different profiles. Other perks include the wireless remote with memory and zero gravity presets, under-bed lighting to prevent you from stubbing your toes, and USB ports on each side for charging your devices overnight.

What It’s Made of

The Puffy Lux Hybrid begins with Cooling Cloud memory foam on the surface, followed by two polyfoam layers. Each layer is progressively denser to help keep your body on an even plane, though our tests show people who weigh more than 230 pounds may sink too much. Pocketed coils and high-density base foam create a stable support system for the mattress. The polyester cover is stain-resistant and machine-washable.

You can choose from twin XL, full, queen, and king standard sizes for the Serenity Adjustable Base. A split king option is also available if you and your partner have different adjustment preferences. Puffy does not offer White Glove delivery, so you’ll need to assemble the base on your own.

Although the Lux Smart Bed Set is somewhat expensive, this may prove an invaluable investment if hip pain is keeping you up at night. Standard ground shipping is free for customers in the contiguous U.S., and each order includes a 101-night sleep trial. If you decide to keep either the mattress or the adjustable bed after the return period ends, both are covered under a lifetime warranty.

“The SpineAlign Luxury Foam Hybrid offers substantial pressure relief and support geared toward athletes and other physically active individuals. We found the deep comfort system provided plenty of cushioning, but a robust support core kept our bodies on an even plane to minimize aches and pains.” – Logan Foley, Managing Editor

  • Pros

    1. Multiple foam layers cradle the body and alleviate pressure along the spine

    2. Available in two profiles, each with a distinct firmness level

    3. Sleeps surprisingly cool for a mattress containing memory foam

  • Cons

    1. Medium model lacks the support needed for back and stomach sleepers over 230 pounds

    2. Couples may experience some motion transfer on the firmer version

Mattress Type

Hybrid

Firmness Options

Medium (5), Medium Firm (6)

Price Range

$1,325 – $2,900

Trial Period

60 nights

Product Details

Physically active people are susceptible to injuries or chronic pain in their hips and other joints. The SpineAlign Luxury Foam Hybrid combines thick foam layers with strong pocketed coils, creating a balance of contouring and support that can greatly benefit those who often wake up with stiff or achy hips. You can choose between two firmness levels, depending on how much cushioning you need to sleep comfortably.

How It Performed

The softer model — which is medium (5) — earned favorable ratings from most side and back sleepers on our testing team. Side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds and back sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds were particularly impressed. In the firmer model, which has a medium firm (6) feel, you’ll notice less contouring and more support as your body settles into the foam layers. This model was most comfortable for sleepers who prioritize support, such as stomach sleepers up to 230 pounds.

Our tests showed both versions of the mattress excel at motion isolation for couples. The firmer model earned higher marks for edge support and ease of movement, while the softer model outperformed in the pressure relief category.

What It’s Made of

Both models of the Luxury Foam Hybrid begin with a memory foam layer infused with a cooling material. The softer model features a second memory foam layer to enhance contouring. Both firmness options feature a polyfoam transitional layer that gently cradles while delivering some pushback to prevent you from sinking too deep. A layer of pocketed coils measures 8 inches thick, ensuring excellent overall reinforcement. Coils along the perimeter are slightly thicker to stabilize the edges when you get in and out of bed. High-density base foam rounds out the hybrid design. A stretch fabric cover encases the mattress.

Both Luxury Hybrid designs carry the same sticker price in each size. Standard ground shipping is free throughout the contiguous U.S. SpineAlign’s sleep trial and return period runs for 60 nights. Those who keep their hybrid also receive a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Best Mattress for Hip Pain Video

Watch the video below to get a closer look at some of our top mattress recommendations for sleepers with hip pain.

If you’d like to learn more about finding an ideal mattress for hip pain, scroll down for our comprehensive buyer’s guide. We cover the specifics of how hip pain affects sleep, how mattresses can increase or decrease hip pain, and which types of mattresses are best for hip pain.

Is Your Mattress Worsening Your Hip Pain?

If a mattress isn’t tailored to your body type and preferred sleeping position, it could contribute to hip discomfort or pain during sleep. A mattress without the right support — or one that’s either too firm or too soft — may cause your hips to become misaligned with the rest of your body.

Firmness is primarily dictated by a bed’s uppermost comfort layers. While some softness can comfortably cushion pressure-prone areas like the hips, a bed that’s too soft can cause strain by allowing the hips to sink excessively. In contrast, support comes chiefly from the mattress’ core, which provides the stability and uplift that encourages healthy spinal alignment.

All mattresses wear out over time, so be wary of aging or worn-out mattresses that sag, as this can exacerbate hip pain if the bed no longer offers the right mix of cushioning and support.

How Does Hip Pain Impact Sleep?

Hip pain can severely hamper sleep quality. When the hips are aching or uncomfortable, it can be challenging to find the right position and fall asleep. Hip pain can also lead to nighttime awakenings and fragmented sleep, preventing you from reaching deeper, restorative sleep stages and leaving you fatigued and unrefreshed in the morning.

How to Choose the Right Mattress for Hip Pain

Selecting the best mattress to ease hip pain involves understanding your specific needs and finding a mattress with the right combination of performance factors.

Pressure Relief

A mattress’ ability to relieve pressure is influenced by its firmness and balance of contouring and support. Good pressure relief ensures even weight distribution across the mattress, minimizing stress on pain-prone areas like the hips. A mattress with sufficient pressure relief can alleviate hip pain by preventing undue strain on tender tissues and joints.

Zoned Support

Zoned support means a mattress has different firmness levels in specific zones. Zoned mattresses typically offer greater support under heavier parts of the body, such as the midsection. For people with hip pain, a mattress with zoned support can offer targeted cushioning around the hips without allowing excessive sinkage under the midsection.

Mattress Firmness

The ideal mattress firmness is subjective, varying based on body type, sleep position, and individual preferences. However, for people with hip pain, we generally suggest a mid-range firmness between 4 and 7 on our 10-point scale. This provides a balance of support and cushioning, which can alleviate pressure on the hips while ensuring proper spinal alignment.

Durability

A durable mattress stays supportive and comfortable over time. This consistency is vital for those with hip pain, ensuring reliable support and reducing the need for frequent replacements.

How Sleeping Position Affects Hip Pain

If you have hip pain on just one side of your body, try sleeping exclusively on the other side. Experts also recommend that side sleepers put a pillow between their legs to help maintain proper posture and potentially ease hip pain.

Back sleepers need to keep their body on an even plane to prevent their hips from sinking excessively. Many back sleepers find that a medium firm mattress accomplishes this task while still providing enough cushioning under the lower back.

Stomach sleeping is generally not recommended even for people without hip pain. But for those who can only fall asleep in this position, a firm mattress is typically required to prevent the midsection from sinking and throwing the hips out of alignment with the rest of the torso.

How to Change Your Sleeping Position

Switching your sleeping position can be a challenge, as it’s a habit that’s often cultivated since childhood. For those wanting to alleviate hip pain by sleeping on their unaffected side, one approach is to surround yourself with pillows that help you maintain the new position.

Another strategy is the tennis ball technique, where a ball is sewn into the front or back of your pajamas to deter you from sleeping on your stomach or back. There are also some tech wearables that vibrate when you revert to your old sleeping position.

Best Mattress Types for Hip Pain

We recommend that people with painful or sore hips consider a foam, latex, or hybrid mattress.

  • Foam: Mattresses constructed entirely of foam are known for their pressure-relieving qualities. The close contouring of memory foam can be especially beneficial for the hips, ensuring even weight distribution and alleviating pressure points. However, an overly soft mattress may cause the hips to sink too deeply, particularly for people who weigh more than 230 pounds.
  • Latex: For those who want a bit more bounce with mild contouring, latex mattresses offer more of a floating sensation. While latex beds can be a good choice for people with hip pain, they may not offer the deep contouring found in memory foam mattresses.
  • Hybrid: A hybrid mattress combines the benefits of a coil support core with foam or latex comfort layers. Hybrids generally offer a balance between responsiveness and pressure relief, making them a popular choice for people with hip pain.

Quick Relief Tips for Sleeping With Hip Pain

If an upgraded mattress isn’t in your budget, there are some more affordable options that may ease sore or painful hips.

Invest in a Mattress Topper

A quality mattress topper can be a game changer if your mattress is causing hip pain. Unlike a mattress pad, which adds a thin protective layer, a topper can change the feel of your bed by providing added cushioning or support.

Cushion Your Body With Pillows

The strategic use of pillows may alleviate pressure that contributes to nighttime hip pain. For side sleepers, a pillow between the knees can help align the spine and reduce strain in the lower back and hips. Back sleepers might benefit from a pillow under the knees to reduce pressure. Body pillows offer full-length support, which can be especially beneficial for people who frequently move in their sleep.

Dive Deeper: In-Depth Mattress Guides

Like this guide to the best mattresses for hip pain, our team of sleep experts has compiled lists of the top-performing beds for a variety of needs. Each selection of mattresses is further broken down into several subcategories to provide tailored recommendations to a wide range of sleepers.

Data-Driven Results You Can Trust

In selecting our picks for the best mattresses for hip pain, our testing team considered crucial factors like each mattress’ construction and performance across different body weights and sleep positions. 

We use hands-on tests and a rigorous product research methodology to inform our conclusions, including pressure map testing and having each member of our team try the mattress and record their findings. Our team’s goal is to help you find a mattress that alleviates hip pain and enhances the quality of your sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hip Pain and Sleeping

Can a mattress cause hip pain?

The wrong mattress or a worn mattress can exacerbate or even trigger hip pain. If your mattress doesn’t provide adequate cushioning and underlying support, it can contribute to spinal misalignment and put pressure on one or both hips.

Is a soft or firm mattress better for hip pain?

For people with hip pain, the ideal mattress firmness depends on various factors, including body weight and habitual sleeping position. A mattress that’s too soft can shift the body out of alignment, straining tissues around the hips. Conversely, an overly firm mattress can put pressure on the hips. Finding the best mattress for hip pain requires finding the right balance between support and pressure relief.

What is the best sleeping position for hip pain?

While the best sleeping position for hip pain varies based on the source of discomfort, many experts recommend sleeping on the side that doesn’t have pain. A rolled up blanket or pillow can also be placed between the knees to improve hip alignment.

Is memory foam good for hip pain?

Mattresses constructed with a top layer of memory foam can be a great choice for some people with hip pain who sleep on their side. Memory foam contours closely to the body and can ease pressure in the hips. That said, balance is key, and heavier individuals may find that they sink too deeply into a memory foam mattress to maintain proper sleep posture.

How can you tell if your mattress is worsening your hip pain?

Talking to a doctor is the best way to determine the source of your hip pain. However, if hip pain improves during daytime activities but worsens at night, your mattress might be a factor. Other signs that a mattress may be doing more harm than good include visible wear like sagging or lumps, consistently rolling toward the center of the bed during the night, finding other sleep surfaces more comfortable, or using a mattress beyond its typical lifespan of 7 to 10 years.

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Trouble sleeping?

Answer these 5 easy questions to discover your perfect mattress

What position do you sleep in?

Side icon

Side

Side icon
Back icon

Back

Back icon
Stomach icon

Stomach

Stomach icon

Do you experience any pain while sleeping?

Back and/or side pain icon

Back and/or side pain

Back and/or side pain icon
Neck and/or shoulder pain icon

Neck and/or shoulder pain

Neck and/or shoulder pain icon
Little to no pain icon

Little to no pain

Little to no pain icon

Do you have any material preferences?

Innerspring icon

Innerspring

Innerspring icon
Foam icon

Foam

Foam icon
No preference/ Other icon

No preference/ Other

Do you sleep hot?

Yes icon

Yes

Yes icon
No icon

No

No icon

Do you sleep with a partner?

Yes icon

Yes

Yes icon
No icon

No

No icon

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