For many people, sleeping on their stomach is considered the best sleeping position, despite the fact that it can also be the most harmful. For this guide we’re not going to debate the pros and cons of stomach sleeping (we’ll save that for another time), but instead we’ll focus on helping to ensure you get the very best sleep possible on your stomach.
So without any further adieu let’s dive into the best mattresses for stomach sleepers!
Top 5 Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers
- Loom & Leaf – $999 (Queen) – memory foam
- Leesa – $815 (Queen) – Avena + memory foam
- Purple – $999 (Queen) – polymer + poly foam
- Amerisleep Americana – $799 – memory foam
- Brooklyn Bedding – $712 – latex foam
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What makes the best mattress for stomach and belly sleepers?
Stomach sleepers go to bed night after night in one of the worst sleeping positions for your body. That being said, the proper mattress and pillow can help to overcome the negative effects of stomach sleeping. Proper support for your back, a medium to slight firmer feel, and choosing the right pillow are essential to getting a good night’s rest on your belly. A mattress with these traits will provide your body with the support it needs to sleep through the night and wake feeling refreshed and pain free.
When sleeping on your stomach, getting the proper support helps to promote a restful night’s sleep and is critical due to the amount of pressure that is localized at your body’s midsection. Be sure to consider the following key characteristics when shopping for your new mattress.
Stomach sleeper proper support
For stomach sleepers, support may be the number one concern. Whether you realize it or not, your mid-section carries an intense amount of pressure and weight throughout the day. When you sleep on your stomach, that pressure continues to build up in your torso and that pressure can not only lead to a restless night’s sleep, but also prolonged back pain. In order to prevent that discomfort, look for a mattress that has great support.
Foam mattresses are well known for their consistent support through layers of responsive and pressure relieving foam that conform to the natural curves of your body. Spring or hybrid mattresses can also a good fit provided they have adequate support, contouring hug, and an appropriate level of firmness (see below).
What mattress firmness do stomach sleepers need?
Stomach sleepers keep a very flat profile which results in fewer gaps between your body and the mattress. The best mattress for stomach sleepers should be on the medium to slightly firmer side, around a 4-7 on the firmness scale (where 10 is the most firm). A medium to slightly firm mattress keeps your back from arching and causing stiffness. By comparison, a mattress that is too soft will cause your pelvis to sink down, resulting in the misalignment of your spine. This may cause you to wake with lower back pain or pain elsewhere.
This pain can be nagging and reoccurring if you don’t have an appropriate firmness level to help keep your body in alignment. In the population of stomach sleepers, there are many that prefer soft mattresses. If you find yourself in this category, look for a mattress that has either 1) highly advanced foam or other materials that provide both softness and support (some advanced foams do this) or 2) a mattress that has a thin, but soft foam or pillow-top type layer (mattresses with traditional padded covers can provide this, while still offering the support needed).
The right level of firmness is perhaps the most critical factor for stomach sleepers. With the right firmness level you’ll eliminate and prevent many back issues. However, even a firmness level that is just slightly wrong can cause significant pains. I’m a stomach sleeper and my body tends to prefer a firmness of 4-6 out of 10. I’ve tested numerous mattresses that are slightly softer (3-3.5 out of 10) and slightly firmer (7 out of 10). In both of these scenarios I awake with back pain.
Stomach Sleeper Pillow
It’s common for shoppers to put a lot of effort into selecting the right mattress, so why not put the same about of attention into choosing the right pillow? While there are many different styles and densities of pillows, stomach sleepers do best with flatter pillows. Unlike back and side sleepers, which need more and a different type of support, stomach sleepers require pillows that help keep the body as flat as possible.
Because your body lays so flat against the mattress, it’s important to use a pillow that continues that position from your head to your feet. An overstuffed pillow can elevate the head too much and cause pressure points or spinal misalignment in your neck. As a stomach sleeper myself I know the importance of a proper pillow. Pillows for me tend to be very good or very bad (not much middle ground). The vast majority of the time the attribute that makes them a bad pillow for a stomach sleeper is simply the height. Other important pillow factors for stomach sleepers include: moldability, huggability, and cooling.
If you’re on the hunt for a new pillow I would highly recommend the Nest Easy Breather pillow. It is leaps and bounds better than any other pillow I have tested to date in terms of meeting the needs of stomach sleepers. It’s a type of shredded foam pillow (noodled foam) that comes in latex and memory foam version (they feel basically the same). Additionally, it’s fully adjustable, so you can make it the exact height you need.
|Balanced feel, good bounce / hug, great support. Very good value.||$890||Read Review|
|Americana model. Simple design, but great feel. Quality foams. Slightly firmer feel at 7 out of 10.||$849||Read Review|
|Great support, balanced hug, very good cooling. Natural materials. Best in the medium for stomach sleepers (available in 3 firmness levels).||$999||Read Review|
|Gel polymer + polyfoam. Instant response, good bounce, great cooling.||$999||Read Review|
|Pronounced sinkage / hug, great bounce. Best in the medium for stomach sleepers (available in 3 firmness levels). Very good value.||$750||Read Review|
|Great softness, traditional padded cover, best in the medium for stomach sleepers (available in 3 firmness levels).||$1,199||Read Review|
|Fully customizable / personalized mattress. Can split for two different feels.||$899||Read Review|
The above mattresses:
- Provide great support, which relieves pressure from the mid-section and keeps your spine in alignment
- Are between a 4-7 on the firmness scale, where 10 is the most firm
- Provide an appropriate level of hug and body contouring
- Sleep very cool