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What Mattress Is Best for Someone with Hip Problems?

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The right mattress can help alleviate hip pain with pressure relief and support in all the right places, and the best tip we have is to soften things up. 

Sinking into a softer mattress allows hips to settle in without excess pushback, minimising pressure points. Achy hips are best served by a soft mattress that supports the spine in a neutral position; memory foam and latex foam are great. How soft is soft enough? Well, that depends on individual body weight.

Find your “just right” softness level

One person’s plush is another’s extra firm. The same mattress will compress more under a heavier body and less under a lighter frame. Let your scale stats guide you to the ideal softness to coddle your hips:

  • Under 140 pounds. Choose a medium-soft mattress. Lightweight individuals need a plush surface to allow sufficient sinkage.
  • 140–185 pounds. Go for a medium mattress. Average-weight bodies do well with a “happy medium” feel.
  • 186–210 pounds. Choose a medium-firm mattress. Heavier compression requires a bit more firmness to prevent excess sinking.
  • If you weigh over 210 pounds, a firm mattress will likely feel medium-firm, while a medium-firm mattress may feel more medium. The heavier you are, the softer a firm mattress feels, making thick foam support layers crucial to comfort. 

Zone in on pain-relieving technologies

How a mattress is constructed also impacts its ability to alleviate achy hips. Look for these joint-friendly technologies and materials:

Pure foam

All-foam mattresses use contouring memory foam or bouncier polyfoam layers to alleviate pressure points. For hip pain, opt for thicker comfort layers (at least 3–4 inches) to allow plenty of cushioning.

Pocket springs with foam

Individually fabric-encased pocket springs contour independently around curves for maximum support. Adding a plush foam comfort layer of memory foam, gel, or latex provides extra pressure relief. Check out the Sleepeezee mattress ranges.

Hybrid mattresses

Hybrids marry a pocketed spring support core with thick foam comfort layers for a best-of-both-worlds feel. Responsive coils provide a subtle lift, while foam offers cushiony support under hip joints.

Adjustable bed base

An adjustable bed allows you to tweak the angle of the upper and lower body into a position that feels most comfortable for your hips. Zero gravity (legs elevated slightly above your heart level) helps many sleepers find pain-free hip positioning.

Mattress toppers

A soft mattress topper with 3 inches or so of memory foam or latex foam is the next best thing to a new mattress and can buy you time if your mattress is past its best with squeaky springs or lumpy foam. 

Give it some time

Give your body 60 nights to acclimatise before deciding if hip pain is decreasing. Most mattresses have a one- to two-month break-in period during which they feel firmer than they really are, and this is especially true of sprung ones.

The bottom line for hip pain

Waking up with screaming hip pain because of your bed doesn’t have to be your lifelong fate. Swapping an old, less-than-ideal mattress for a softer, more contouring model can go a long way towards easing discomfort.

Focus on finding a mattress with enough give to cradle trouble spots while maintaining proper spinal alignment. Look for plush, responsive foams, individual pocket springs, or a combination in a hybrid design. And use your body weight as a general guideline to determine your “just right” softness level.

Ellen Diamond, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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