Knee pain at night – causes & therapy options

For many people, getting up is not a nice moment. The alarm clock rings, work calls and you would actually stay in bed longer yourself . These are problems that affect many people but are easy to overcome.

However, is your morning characterized by knee pain , so that the start of the day is associated with physical discomfort? Then this represents a high impairment of your everyday life.

But you don’t just have to endure the knee pain. Find out why the pain occurs at night or in the morning and take appropriate measures to finally get up symptom-free [1].

One of the causes of knee pain could be your sleeping habits . If you prefer to sleep on your side, this puts a lot of strain on your body. The problem here is that your spine is not sufficiently stabilized. This results in the upper leg being laid forward or remaining on the other knee.

If you sleep on your side, your knees hit each other. Getting up in the morning is difficult and painful.

During the night it is completely normal for you to move around and change your position slightly. If the knees are on top of each other, this can lead to rubbing and the constant pressure can cause pain at night or in the morning.

It is therefore advantageous if you use a special pillow that offers greater support for the side position. A pillow roll or a knee pillow can be clamped between the legs so that the knees no longer lie on top of each other bone to bone at night. The soft padding provides pleasant protection so that you can lie securely and comfortably.


However, the knee pain can also be due to a serious illness. If you are of an older age or if you do intensive sport that puts strain on the knees, joint wear could be the result [2] occurred.

In the healthy knee, the cartilage tissue ensures that the joint runs smoothly. The movements run without problems and no pain is noticeable even after long periods of rest.

With advanced osteoarthritis , knee pain can occur after a long period of rest. Then you need a few steps to get going again. After standing up, the knee may still be swollen and slightly red.

These symptoms are also described as morning stiffness . If the knee pain occurs under stress and after sleeping, this indicates osteoarthritis. Then the cartilage will be so worn that the bones rub against each other and the cartilage [3] no longer exists as a protective layer.


Does the knee pain occur deep in the joint and is it clearly pronounced both during the night and during exercise?

Then Ahlbäck’s disease [4]Illness may be responsible for it. This shows a reduced blood flow to the knee joint . As a result, the bone under the cartilage dies and the bone substance recedes. The bone becomes downright brittle and porous.

The feeling is similar to having your knee subjected to severe trauma. The pain is deep inside the knee and fluid can build up. The edema is the actual cause of the pain and is an important warning signal.

The good news is that this development can be stifled. If you go to the doctor early with these symptoms , orthopedic treatment can be used to combat this disease. It stimulates blood flow and reduces necrosis [5], as well as the regeneration promoted. This should also reduce the complaints.


First and foremost, you should clarify with your doctor why the knee pain occurs. If you have the complaints examined at an early stage, you can gain valuable time to counteract any illnesses.

Nevertheless, diseases and pain of the knee joint are very treacherous. The wear can not be more correct , so you should try other means to improve the health of the knee and reduce the symptoms.

Take the following steps to reduce morning knee pain.


If the pain occurs mainly when getting out of bed, this could indicate that the height is too low. The lower the lying height, the greater the strain on the knee. The knee is more bent and the force acts precisely on the joint.

It is more comfortable when the mattress is much higher . As a result, the joint is not flexed as much and exposed to less stress.

Therefore , choose mattresses that are at least 20cm high in order to get a more comfortable bed height. If you are ready to invest more money, then choose a comfortable box spring bed . Due to the multi-layer construction, these are higher than a normal bed with a slatted frame.

For seniors in particular , it is a relief to choose a higher variant. Then it is easier to get up and the day can be started more actively.


Do you spend a lot of time at your desk and is movement barely enough for you?

Then one reason for the knee pain could be poor blood circulation . This could occur as a result of the lack of exercise and weak muscles.

Put your legs up while you sleep and use special pillows to promote blood circulation. This promotes regeneration and the knees can cope better with the daily stress.

Promote blood circulation with a vein pillow or apply some warmth to the legs with a millet pillow . If you use these pillows during the night, you will suffer less discomfort in the morning.

In the long run, however, you should work on a healthier lifestyle . Do some sport and load the muscles evenly. Then the blood circulation is promoted and the pain is reduced.


Do you spend the night on your back, side or stomach?

The side sleeping is preferred by some people. It gives a certain security and feels comfortable. However, this position is more of a challenge for the spine. By sinking deeper into the mattress, the spine becomes unnaturally curved. This results in poor posture in the lower back, which is also reflected in the knee joint.

Therefore, in the side position, you should make sure that the spine remains as straight as possible and does not bend downwards. It is helpful to use an orthopedic mattress for this. This has several lying areas that adapt perfectly to the body. The shoulder area and the lower back are stabilized so that the spine is relieved.

Also try out whether back sleep might not be an alternative for you. This is generally healthier and better absorbed by the knees.


Knee joint pain can have various causes . Often these are based on a pathological change or an incorrect sleeping posture.

First clarify with your doctor whether you have osteoarthritis or necrosis of the knee joint . Then he will list suitable treatment options to alleviate the discomfort.

Since the symptoms do not completely go away even with suitable therapy, you should take further measures. This includes creating a better sleeping environment.

With a higher mattress and the use of special pillows you will relieve your body. The joints are less stressed and you can start the day with less pain in the morning.

Take care of your joints, even at a young age, as excessive wear and tear can hardly be corrected. Follow this advice and you won’t have to get up with knee pain anymore.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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