Many people prefer sleeping on their stomach, despite a general consensus that it is not the most beneficial position for sleeping. 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.
I want to note that the information below is comprised of my opinions, reflecting my own preferences and biases, so just use it as a starting point. Want to see the full list of recommendations for stomach sleepers? Click here to jump down to the summary.
And make sure to check out our full mattress review series to find the best models for all types of sleepers.
TOP 8 MATTRESSES FOR STOMACH SLEEPERS
Again, we’re not here to debate the pros and cons of a particular sleeping position; I’d just like to present some of my own recommendations. I said it up top, but I’ll emphasize again that these mattress picks are reflective of my own personal preferences – so please just use them as a starting point!
Now on my top 8 hybrid mattresses for stomach sleepers:
- Combo Position Sleeper — Leesa Mattress
- Firm Memory Foam — Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Mattress
- Firm Latex — Zenhaven Mattress
- Firm Innerspring — WinkBeds Mattress
- Lower Back Pain — Helix Mattress
- Pressure Relief — Purple Mattress
- Budget — Tuft & Needle Mattress
- Best Hybrid for Stomach Sleepers — Sapira Mattress
Read on for why I chose these models!
BEST MATTRESSES FOR STOMACH SLEEPERS – TOP CHOICES DETAILED
Below I have listed my favorite mattresses for stomach sleepers. I’ll continue to update this list as I test and review new mattresses.
Combo Position Sleeper — Leesa Mattress
The Leesa Mattress provides a good level of support — leaning toward firm — to keep a stomach sleeper’s hips and back in a comfortable position. I’ve also found the Leesa mattress to be supportive in multiple sleeping positions, meaning it could be a good choice for people who sleep in different positions throughout the night. It can be difficult to find a mattress suitable to all sleeping positions, and I thought the Leesa performed well across the board in that regard.
Read our full Leesa Mattress Review here.
Firm Memory Foam — Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Mattress
The Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Mattress comes in a Luxury Firm version that I think can be an excellent choice for stomach sleepers. (It’s worth noting this mattress also comes in Soft and Medium firmnesses, though stomach sleepers tend to prefer something firmer to keep their hips from sinking in too far.) The Nest Alexander’s comfort layer features gel memory foam to relieve pressure while helping keep the sleeper cool, which is another important concern for stomach sleepers who don’t want too much heat trapped against their body.
Read our full Nest Bedding Alexander Signature Mattress review here.
Firm Latex — Zenhaven Mattress
The Zenhaven Mattress from Saatva is an all-latex mattress made using natural materials. Like many latex mattresses, it provides good bounce and feedback. The Zenhaven is special in that it’s a flippable mattress, meaning users can simply flip the mattress if they want a firmer feel. The Zenhaven’s Firm side could be a good choice for stomach sleepers who want pressure relief and latex bounce but something on the firmer side to support their hips.
Read our full Zenhaven Mattress review here.
Firm Innerspring — WinkBeds Mattress
The WinkBeds Mattress comes in three different firmness levels, and Luxury Firm is their most popular model. I think that’s for good reason, as the firmness of this innerspring mattress will keep most sleepers from sinking “in” to the material, giving you the sensation of sleeping on top of the mattress. That level of support, combined with a plush top foam layer, makes this a great pick for stomach sleepers who still want that traditional innerspring feel.
Read our full WinkBeds Mattress review here.
Lower Back Pain — Helix Mattress
The Helix Mattress is fully customizable in terms of Feel, Support, Temperature Regulation, and Point Elasticity. This allows customers to pick the exact level of firmness they want, which is especially good for stomach sleepers who might want a very individualized level of support. Sinking too far into a mattress — or sleeping on too unforgiving a surface — can exacerbate back pain, which makes Helix’s customization model great for people who are looking to dial in a comfortable night’s sleep.
Read our full Helix Mattress review here.
Pressure Relief — Purple Mattress
The Purple Mattress features a special hyper-elastic polymer in its top layer, just below the mattress cover. This polymer is formed into a grid structure and provides a unique type of pressure relief across the surface of the mattress. When I reviewed the Purple Mattress, I found that it kept my spine aligned while I was on my stomach. This mattress combines great pressure relief with excellent support where stomach sleepers need it most.
Read our full Purple Mattress review here.
Budget — Tuft & Needle Mattress
The Tuft & Needle Mattress is classic bed in a box design, and it’s a very straightforward mattress that prioritizes versatile comfort over unnecessary extras. It has two foam layers, and together the feel leans toward the slightly firmer side, something many stomach sleepers specifically look for. And it does this at a very competitive price point, meaning it’s as more affordable option as compared to many other firmer mattresses on the market.
Read our full Tuft & Needle Mattress review here.
Best Hybrid for Stomach Sleepers — Sapira Mattress
The Sapira Mattress is the Leesa’s sister mattress, and they’re made by the same company. It’s positioned more as a “luxury” brand, and the hybrid construction reflects that. It features several layers of foam on top of pocketed coils and trends toward the firmer side for a hybrid mattress. It has just a small amount of sinkage and contour when the sleeper lies on it and provides a type of support that keeps the sleeper feeling like they’re on top of, as opposed to “in”, the mattress.
Read our full Sapira Mattress review here.
What makes the best mattress for stomach and belly sleepers?
Stomach sleepers go to bed night after night in a less than ideal sleeping position. 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 or 2) a mattress that has a thin, but soft foam or pillow-top type layer.
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.
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.
|Mattress||Best For||Mattress Brand||Description||Price (Queen)||Coupon||Review|
|Leesa||Combo Position Sleeper||The Leesa has an avena foam comfort layer over a layer of memory foam. Placing the avena foam over the memory foam gives the mattress some bounce while allowing the sleeper to sink in for pressure relief, so it defends against the feeling of being stuck in the mattress.||$940||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Nest Bedding Alexander Signature||Firm Memory Foam||All foam construction uses a thick gel memory foam comfort layer to provide comfort. Available in two firmness levels and will provide a contouring feeling as you sink infor pressure relief.||$899||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Zenhaven||Firm Latex||All natural construction that uses four layers of talalay latex creating a mattress with a good amount of bounce. The Zenhaven is flippable to allow for a choice of different firmness levels.||$1,899||No Current Offers||Read My Review!|
|WinkBeds||Firm Innerspring||The construction uses a coil on coil support system that provides a good bounce to the mattress. The WinkBed comes in three different firmness levels as well as a plus version for heavier individuals.||$1,299||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Helix||Lower Back Pain||Helix is a bed in a box that customizes a hybrid construction based on your responses to questions on their website. They take feel preference, support need, temperature regulation and point elasticity into account for the construction and can also build queen size mattresses and above with split constructions if you and your partner have different sleep preferences.||$995||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Purple||Pressure Relief||Uses a combination of foam and a proprietary hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer that is formed into a grid structure. This unique layer provides an even mix of support and pressure relief and has temperature regulating benefits as well.||$999||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Tuft and Needle||Budget||The Tuft & Needle is an all foam construction consisting of two layers. The mattress provides a medium firmness and does a good job of temperature regulation to help with sleeping cool.||$575||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Sapira||Best Hybrid||Sapira is the hybrid mattress produced by Leesa. This mattress uses a combination of Aveena and memory foam to provide pressure relief. The support layer consists of pocketed coils, which provide some bounce to the mattress.||$1,475||See Current Offer||Read My 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
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