If you have hip and joint pain, you will benefit most from a medium-soft or medium mattress with a memory foam top layer. The mattress type could be pure foam or sprung, so long as the top layer is memory foam.
We recommend memory foam to people with hip and joint pain because memory foam moulds to the shape of your body.
This relieves pressure on your body’s contact points with the mattress, helping reduce pain.
In terms of firmness, medium mattresses are suitable for most people. If you weigh more than 200lbs, a medium-firm mattress will support you more, but you might find it too hard for your hips and joints if you sleep with pain.
Medium-soft mattresses compress more than medium mattresses and are a better fit for people who weigh less than 140lbs. Remember – the firmer a mattress, the more suited it is for heavier people, and softer mattresses are best for lighter people.
Best mattress technology for hip and joint pain
Memory foam mattresses are the gold standard for hip and joint pain, compressing with your body and moulding to it. You will find that memory foam relieves pressure on your hips and joints, helping you sleep comfortably.
Latex foam is a cheaper foam alternative to memory foam. Latex foam contours to your body and springs back faster than memory foam, bouncing almost instantly. It also has a firmer feel but still provides pressure relief.
With sprung (open coil, pocket spring) mattresses, you need a generous layer of memory foam to squish into the top comfort layer. The last thing you want is a fibre (cotton, polyester) comfort layer because this won’t relieve pressure.
Another option is a hybrid mattress. This mattress has a compact spring system and a more generous foam layer than sprung mattresses.
Best mattress firmness for hip and joint pain
Avoid firm and medium-firm mattresses if you sleep with pain. You want a medium or medium-soft mattress to reduce pain and relieve pressure; these will give your body a soft surface to squish into, helping you sleep better.
For most people and couples, a medium mattress is best. Medium mattresses provide the perfect balance of comfort and support in most cases.
Mattress recommendations for hip and joint pain
Here are our favourite mattresses to relieve hip and joint pain:
Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Mattress (medium-soft)
The Silentnight 3 Zone Memory Mattress is great for hip and joint pain with a medium-soft feel. Priced at £299 for a double, it’s highly accessible and delivers excellent support across the mattress. It also has a quilted, knitted cover and a five-year guarantee.
Silentnight 7 Zone Memory Mattress (medium)
This Silentnight 7 Zone Memory Mattress has four additional support zones than the 3 zone version, providing more support. It’s priced at £379 for a double and is worth the extra money if you sleep with pain.
Sleepsoul Cloud Mattress (medium)
The Sleepsoul Cloud costs £499 for a double and boasts excellent pressure relieving properties, with 800 pocket springs, a euro top, and a 2cm thick layer of memory foam. It comes with a 10-year warranty.
Mlily Bamboo (medium-soft)
The Mlily Bamboo has a thick layer of breathable bamboo charcoal memory foam and 800 zoned pocket springs for support. The 2cm of memory foam and 4cm of support foam deliver tremendous pressure relieving properties for hips and joints.
Sleepeezee G4 Memory Mattress (medium-soft)
The Sleepeezee G4 is a premium pocket spring mattress with 4,200 zoned pocket springs and a thick layer of breathable graphite memory foam. The thickness of this mattress gives it top pressure-relieving properties. They are priced at £979 for a double.
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