Hip Pain While Sleeping

Do you only have Hip Pain While Sleeping?

If you have pain when sleeping and standing and waking and sitting, etc, then there's no mystery.  The same factors that hurt you while you're up cause you pain when you're down.

Ironically (maybe), it's STILL the same forces that cause pain in hour hips when you're up, they're just not bad enough yet.

Sometimes 'first' symptoms are only noticed when up and active.  But for some people they are only noticed when at rest.

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What Causes Hip Pain While Sleeping


Tightness causes hip pain while sleeping.  There's more to it than that, of course, but ultimately, it's all about muscle and connective tissue tightness.

We like to think that when we sleep our muscles relax.  But that's not even close to 10)% true.

When muscles (and surrounding connective tissue) gets tighter and tighter over time, that tightness becomes the new normal.

So eventually, when you rest, you don't relax to the old normal relaxed muscle state, you relax to the new normal.

There is a HUGE difference between Rest And Relaxation.

Other factors that cause and are caused by tightness:

  • Process of Inflammation
  • Nutritional insufficiency
  • More tightness
  • Pain (which creates more inflammation, tightness, and lack of nutrition

Essentially, that's the Pain Causing Tendonitis.  

And the Pain Causing Dynamic causes:

See:  What Is Tendonitis?

Laying down and sleeping isn't causing pain.  But something is.

What is happening and how does it cause pain?

Just like scenarios of Hip Pain From Running and Hip Pain When Sitting, hip pain while sleeping is an issue of reduced form and function, not the activity (or lack of activity) that is being blamed for the pain.

How Does Tightness Cause Hip Pain While Sleeping

If you have hip pain throughout the day, then all the same things are in play when you sleep.  We don't magically relax to a pain free state.  

It can happen, and does for a while, but when things get bad enough, the sleeping doesn't make anything better.

But if you're pain free through the day, and ONLY have hip pain while sleeping, then how is that happening?  What explains it?

Let's go with a very simple explanation:

  1. You lay down and go to sleep
  2. Tight muscles (glutes and/or thigh muscles, and/or iliopsoas, etc) get even tighter as your concious mind relinquishes control to sleep.   Just like the fingers and wrist can curl into a 'claw' when one sleeps and muscles tighten, the structures of the hip region contract.
  3. This contraction can compress any of the joints in the region, sending a pain signal.
  4. This contraction can, basically, cause small cramps that cause pain (because they'e too small a section of the big muscle to feel like the usual 'cramp')
  5. Tightness and pain build until until you wake with pain. 

Why Do I Have Hip Pain
While Sleeping?

Ultimately, we can have pain in the hip while sleeping because something about the ecology of the area is off.

Tightness and muscle imbalance (some things tighter than they should be and others not as tight as they should be) cause all sorts of issues, like:

  • A joint compressing painfully in the sleeping position while you 'rest'.
  • A constant low-level cramp
  • Ischemia - pain from lack of blood in a muscle (because like a sponge it's squeezed too tight constantly)
  • All of the above.

So what do you do about it?  

Sleep more?  Nope, that won't help.

Rest more?  Nope, that won't help.

You have to find what's 'off' and make it right.

Maybe it's exercise and stretching.

Maybe it's massage or self massage to reduce tightness and increase circulaion.  

Maybe it's more adequate nutritional intake so muscles stuck too tight can actually relax.

Maybe it's all of the above.

Regardless, you are hurting for one or more reasons, and ultimately, pain isn't going to go away until you effectively deal with them.

See the main Hip Pain page.

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