Many find sleeping on their stomach is the best way to get a good night’s sleep, and would consider themselves to be stomach sleepers. Though comfortable, sleeping on your stomach is bad for your spine and can lead to neck problems and pain throughout your body. These problems can be amplified when stomach sleepers find themselves sleeping on an unsupportive mattress. Finding the best mattress for stomach sleepers is pertinent in preventing long-term health problems.
Changing up your sleeping habits is usually easier said than done. If you find it impossible to ditch the habit of sleeping on your stomach, Simply Rest has compiled a list of their favorite mattresses for stomach sleepers to make finding a comfortable bed easier.
In this article, we will cover:
- Why Sleeping on Your Stomach is Unhealthy
- How to Achieve a Good Night’s Sleep as a Stomach Sleeper
- Understanding Different Mattress Types
- Five Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers
Why Sleeping on Your Stomach is Unhealthy
If done right, there are very few risks associated with sleeping on your stomach. However, when you find yourself sleeping on a mattress that is too soft or too firm, it can lead to neck pain, stiffness, lower back pain, unnecessary strain to your spine, blocked nerves, herniated discs, and general aches and pains throughout your body.
When you lie on your stomach, your center of gravity shifts to the middle of your body, if your mattress is too soft, your stomach may sink into the mattress creating an unnatural arch in your spine. Sleeping in this position can strain your spine and lead to chronic lower back pain. Additionally, it can lead to general aches and pains because your spinal cord houses and supports nerves that travel from your head to your toes.
Sleeping on your stomach can also result in neck pain because your neck is turned to one side to breathe while you sleep. Neck pain can also stem from an unsupportive mattress, but more often than not, it is a result of a pillow that is too tall for your neck. When you lay your head on your pillow, your neck should be in line with the rest of your body; if you’re sleeping with your neck bent upwards, it can lead to upper back and shoulder pain. It’s important to note; stomach sleepers have to turn their neck to the side to breathe at night. If they have a pillow that’s too tall for their neck, it can mean their neck is bent both upwards and sideways— this can lead to chronic pain.
How to Achieve a Good Night’s Sleep as a Stomach Sleeper
If you’re a dedicated stomach sleeper and looking to improve your quality of sleep, changing your sleeping position does not have to be the answer. Instead, here are a few tips and tricks to improve your night’s sleep while snoozing on your stomach.
Choose a Comfortable Pillow
Many stomach sleepers find the best pillow is no pillow at all. When your head rests flat against your mattress, your spine stays in alignment with the rest of your body, reducing the risk of injury. If you find it uncomfortable to sleep pillow-less, choose a slimmer pillow to ensure your neck won’t be unnaturally bending while you sleep.
If you feel as if your stomach is sinking too far into the mattress, causing an unnatural curve in your spine, place a small pillow under your belly to keep your torso elevated.
Invest in a Supportive Mattress
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably in the market for a new mattress. For stomach sleepers, finding a supportive mattress to maintain your body’s natural alignment while you sleep is the most critical factor in getting satisfactory, healthy sleep. Additionally, finding a mattress with great pressure relief and temperature control will help you sleep soundly.
If you are not well-versed in the mattress industry, the variety of brands, materials, and firmness levels can make it hard to pinpoint which bed is the best for you. For stomach sleepers, a good rule of thumb is to stick to a medium-firm mattress, so that it will support your spine.
Determining between brands and materials will come down to personal preference, we will dive into those specifics in upcoming sections.
Understanding Different Mattress Types
Discovering your preferred mattress type can be a matter of trial and error. Different materials, different manufacturing processes, and different price ranges create pros and cons. Understanding what the differences in materials and what one material has to offer in comparison to another can help you decide which mattress type you like most.
Latex not only offers excellent support and contours to your body, but it is also durable and cooling, making it an excellent choice for a stomach sleeper. Latex is manufactured in two different ways, Dunlop and Talalay, affecting the overall composition of the material.
Dunlop was the original manufacturing process. Dunlop latex is more durable and longer lasting than its successor, Talalay. Meanwhile, the benefits to Talalay latex include its excellent breathability and ability to sleep cool.
When choosing a latex mattress, make sure it has a firm base to offer better stability and prevent any sagging throughout the bed while you sleep.
Our opinion at Simply Rest is memory foam is the best material for stomach sleepers. If you’re also a fan of memory foam, it’s important to know the three main types: traditional, gel-infused, and plant-based.
- Traditional memory foam scores well in regards to support and ability to contour to your body. Complaints with memory foam include it’s too hot, takes too long to regain shape, and has an unpleasant odor.
- Gel-infused memory foam helps regulate your temperature and prevents you from getting too hot while you sleep. It typically bounces back faster, adapts to your body shape, and offers superior targeted support when compared to traditional memory foam.
- Plant-based memory foam is more eco-friendly than both options listed above. During the manufacturing process of plant-based memory foam, a large portion of petroleum is replaced with plant-based oil. In addition to being eco-friendly, it is also more breathable than ordinary memory foam and has no unpleasant off-gassing.
Developed in the 1800s, innerspring mattresses have been around for quite some time, making them the oldest mattress type. The first kind of innerspring mattress was made with the Bonnell coil system. Over the years, three other subgroups of innerspring mattresses have emerged: offset coils, pocketed coils, and continuous coils.
- Bonnell coils have been around since the start of the mattress industry. They are made from hourglass shaped steel wire springs and are the most cost-effective material in the market. Unfortunately, they are not very durable and are usually found in dorm rooms, budget hotels, and summer camps. We suggest stomach sleepers avoid this coil system.
- Improving upon the design of the Bonnell coil, Offset coils are made from hourglass shaped wires with square tops connecting each other. This design is more durable and supportive.
- Pocketed coils are individually wrapped coils in pockets made from fabric. These coils are not connected and therefore offer targeted support for your body while scoring well in regards to motion isolation. These coils are usually found in Hybrid and coil-on-coil mattresses. When topped with a layer of foam, this system performs very well for stomach sleepers because it adapts to provide more support where your body needs it.
- A continuous coil system is made from one single wire twisted into coils. This coil system is both inexpensive and durable; however, it lacks in comfort when compared to pocketed and offset coils.
Innerspring mattresses can be a good choice for stomach sleepers because it is both breathable and responsive. Due to the extra bounciness of innerspring mattresses, it’s crucial you are extra careful when choosing a firmness. If you buy a bed that is too soft, it will allow your spine to bend while you sleep, but if you choose something too firm, the bounce of the mattress will prevent you from sinking in and feeling correctly supported. For stomach sleepers looking to buy an innerspring, we recommend a coil-on-coil system because they are the most versatile and will properly adapt to your body.
Hybrids combine two or more materials to create a more versatile mattress. Hybrids typically have great support, contouring, temperature control, and motion isolation because they aim to capture the best of each material to deliver a more superior mattress. The only downfall to hybrids is they usually have a shorter lifespan.
A high-quality hybrid mattress can cost a pretty penny and is typically pricier than other mattress types. The hike in price comes from using multiple materials in one mattress. When you try to find a good deal on a hybrid, you usually end up with a low-quality mattress; unless you’re ready to drop a good deal of money on a hybrid, it’s probably best to look at other types of mattresses.
Five Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers
For the remainder of this guide, we’ve compiled our top five mattresses for stomach sleepers touching on what’s inside and why we chose it.
Amerisleep offers five different mattresses, ranging in levels of firmness and recommended for types of sleepers. They specifically recommend their Amerisleep AS2 as their best mattress for stomach sleepers because it’s firm enough to provide support for the sleeper above, but also contains a zoned support system. Because they use plant-based memory foam in their mattresses, the AS2 will be more breathable than it’s traditional memory foam competitors. Additionally, it’s more eco-friendly than competitors.
Every Amerisleep mattress has a soft, breathable cover designed to keep air flowing throughout the mattress so you always sleep cool and comfortable. The cover is also removable and washable, so it’s easy to keep your mattress clean and in good condition.
The first layer of their mattresses is their Bio-Pur® foam; this plant-based foam cushions your body, while it’s breathability allows heat to escape out of the mattress. Below the Bio-Pur® layer, is their HIVE® support layer, which provides extra support for your head, shoulders, back, hips, and feet. The HIVE® support system supports your body’s natural curve, promoting a healthy spine.
The last layer of their mattress is made from their durable Bio-Core® foam. The Bio-Core® layer supports the layers above, the edges, the sleeper, and adds longevity to the bed. In addition to using durable foam to support their mattress, they also back their mattresses with a 20-year warranty, which is one of the longest in the mattress industry.
Why We Chose It
The AS2 is our top choice for stomach sleepers because the zoned support system inside promotes a healthy spine, which is especially crucial for those who sleep on their stomach. Their AS2 was rated their best mattress for back and stomach sleepers, but it is also their best mattress for back pain, something stomach sleepers are prone to experiencing. The HIVE® layer should prevent your torso from sinking into the bed, reducing your risk of lower back pain.
If you’re commonly experiencing lower back pain, read our other guide to find the best mattress for lower back pain.
Amerisleep offers a 100-night sleep trial to decide if their mattress is the best one for you. If you decide it’s not, you have the option to exchange it for a different model or return it for a full refund.
The price for a Queen AS2 is $1099, a fair price considering their use of plant-based foam, typically an expensive material.
The Casper Mattress
Casper mattresses have a reputation for feeling firm. They are designed to prevent sinking and deliver a perfect mix of breathability, comfort, support, and alignment for any sleeper. Because they are on the firmer side, this makes them an excellent option for stomach sleepers because the firmness will aid in keeping your stomach flat while you sleep.
The Casper Mattress has four layers, all made from memory foam. The mattress has a 5-zone support system targeting your head, feet, shoulders, hips, and core.
The first layer of the mattress is made from open-cell memory foam and is manufactured to have a latex-like feel. The latex-like material makes the bed more breathable and bouncy.
The second layer, made from traditional memory foam, is a denser foam than the layer above and contours to your body while you sleep. Below lies the third layer of the Casper mattress; this layer is made from three different foams and creates a balance between support and sink. At the head and foot of the mattress, there is softer memory foam to provide a cushion for your head and feet. The middle of the mattress has firmer foam to keep your body supported and your spine straight.
The core of the Casper mattress is made from high-density poly foam. The function of the base of the mattress is to provide stability to the layers and sleeper above.
Why We Chose It
Because the design of this mattress focuses on preventing sinking, it’s a great choice for stomach sleepers because it should prevent your center of gravity from sinking in. It contains a targeted support system, and reviews state it’s great at relieving pressure points.
It’s reasonably priced, with a Queen size costing $995.
Casper offers its customers a 100-night sleep trial to test their mattress and make sure it’s the best option for their sleep style. If you decide the Casper mattress is right for you, it’s backed by a 10-year warranty.
The Original Purple® Mattress
Purple mattresses have a unique material not found in any other mattresses, hyper-elastic polymer. When The Purple® mattress initially debuted, it was advertised as the first “no-pressure” mattress, due to the use of it’s exclusive Smart Comfort Grid™. Since their brand hit the market, they’ve released a few other mattresses, but the Original Purple® mattress is advertised as medium-firm, which is why we chose it for this list.
The cover of the Original Purple® mattress is made from a blend of Lycra, polyester, and viscose. It’s stretchy and great at wicking away moisture, keeping you cool and dry while you sleep.
The first layer of the Purple® mattress is their Smart Comfort Grid™, made from hyper-elastic polymer. As the name suggests, this layer is grid-shaped, and provides zoned support for your shoulders, back, and hips. Because this layer is grid-shaped, it allows for air to quickly move out of the mattress, significantly reducing the risk of this mattress trapping heat. Their Smart Comfort Grid™ is what gives this mattress it’s pressure relieving abilities, meaning this layer should be great at reducing pressure points.
After their Comfort Smart Grid™, lies two layers of poly-foam. The first layer of poly-foam is softer and acts as a transition layer between the grid above and the dense core foam below. By adding this layer to the design of the mattress, it prevents you from sinking straight through the grid and bottoming out on the dense core foam. The core foam below the transition layer is durable enough to provide a stable foundation for the mattress layers above.
Why We Chose It
We chose this mattress because of their unique Comfort Smart Grid™. Their unique material offers durable support for your body, which should prevent you from sinking into the bed. Additionally, it provides exceptional pressure relief. Because it’s medium-firm, it’s an ideal choice for stomach sleepers.
The Original Purple® mattress is also a competitive price, at $999 for a Queen.
Purple® offers its customers 100 nights to try their mattress and decide if it’s the most comfortable option. After the sleep trial, it’s backed by a 10-year warranty.
The Sapira Mattress by Leesa
The Sapira is a hybrid mattress brought to you by the Leesa brand. They combined the most popular features of their Leesa memory foam mattress with a pocketed coil system to create a luxurious hybrid bed. On their website, they advertise the Sapira as medium firm, ideal for stomach sleepers.
The cover of the Sapira is made from Lycra and polyester; this combination is stretchy and wicks away moisture, keeping you cool while you sleep. The first layer of the mattress is made from perforated foam. The holes in this foam layer increase breathability and allow for air to escape, reducing the risk of heat getting trapped in the mattress. The foam layer below contours to your body, giving the bed a cradling feel.
Next, is a layer of dense memory foam, acting as a barrier between the memory foam layers and the coil system below. By including a transition layer in the design of this mattress, it greatly reduces the risk of the coil system creating pressure points. After the transition layer, lies the pocketed coil system. Because the coils are individually pocketed, they move independently, providing targeted support and reducing motion transfer in the bed. Below the coil system is the last layer, 1-inch of high-density foam; this layer acts as a base for the bed, giving the coils a surface to bounce off.
Why We Chose It
The Sapira hybrid aims to provide the sleeper with gentle contouring and targeted pressure relief. The coil system maintains the natural alignment of your spine while you sleep on your stomach. The design of the mattress makes it a very breathable option, ideal for stomach sleepers who are prone to sleeping hot.
Leesa offers its customers a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty on their Sapira mattress. The sleep trial gives you the opportunity to test the mattress for some time, giving you a more telling experience of the bed to decide if it’s the best for you.
The Sapira is a bit pricier than the other options on this list, but it’s important to mention hybrid beds are usually a pricier option. A Queen-sized Sapira is $1,370; expensive in comparison to other options on this list, inexpensive when compared to other high-quality hybrid mattresses.
The Helix Mattress
Helix offers six different mattresses, all ranging in firmness. While some are recommended specifically for side sleepers, others are recommended as “all positions support.”
Each of these mattresses comes in Standard and Luxe, with the Luxe offering advanced lumbar support, a quilted pillow top, and an ultra-cool cover. Helix also lets you customize the firmness of each side of the bed, making it an excellent option for couples who have different sleep styles.
On the Helix site, they prompt you to complete their online quiz to match you to your perfect mattress model. For stomach sleepers specifically, we recommend their firm feel model— the Helix Dawn.
The Helix Dawn has four layers. The cover of the mattress is made from stretchy polyester, it has a top and bottom layer, with the bottom layer designed to increase breathability in the bed. The first layer of the mattress is made from their Helix Dynamic Foam, designed to feel like a blend of memory foam and latex. The Helix Dynamic Foam comfort layer contours to your body, giving it a cushioning feel.
Next, is the transition layer made from high-density poly-foam. Helix customizes the density of this layer based upon your body type, so it’ll be sure to provide ergonomic support and cushion. The transition layer also prevents you from sinking through the first layer of foam and sleeping too close to the coil system.
Below the transition layer is the pocketed coil system, wrapped in foam. The pocketed coil system cradles your body and relieves pressure points. It also offers improved edge support for the entirety of the bed. The last layer is made from their DuraDense foam, and it provides durable support for the layers and sleeper above.
When you buy the Luxe, it comes with an additional two layers: a layer above the Helix Dynamic Foam called the Gel Visco Comfort Layer and then the Ultra-Cool Premium Pillow Top layer. The pillow top in addition to their standard polyester cover provides extra comfort. It also features Ultra-Cool technology which absorbs the body heat you naturally emit and pulls it away from your body. The Gel Visco Comfort Layer is gel-infused memory foam, designed to cool you down while it contours to your body.
Why We Chose It
Because the Helix Dawn is designed to be solid under your body, it’s an ideal choice for stomach sleepers who need a firmer bed. It’s also been voted their best mattress for back pain. The Helix Dawn should support your torso, preventing it from sinking into the bed. It offers great contouring, giving it a softer, plush feel. The coil system inside provides targeted support and relieves pressure points. The design of this bed should prevent you from experiencing lower back pain when you wake up in the mornings.
The Helix Dawn is modestly priced. The Dawn Standard is $920 for a Queen, while the Dawn Luxe is $1,620. If your budget allows, we recommend opting for the Luxe model because the advanced lumbar support is important for stomach sleepers. That said, the Standard model is a great choice, as well, because it still has the targeted support the coil system offers.
Helix offers its customers a 100-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty; though their warranty isn’t the best in the industry, it beats other competitors who only offer 10 years of protection.
Overview of The Best Mattress for Stomach Sleepers
When buying a mattress for a stomach sleeper, it’s important to stick to a firmer bed that will provide zoned support and promote a healthy spine. Our top choice for stomach sleepers is the Amerisleep AS2 because the HIVE® technology inside reduces pressure points and prevents sinking. By providing zoned support for your head, shoulders, back, hips, and feet, it contributes to a healthy spine.
We hope our guide has helped you find your next mattress. If you’re still unsure, browse our other guides to find the best mattress for yourself.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.