Sleeping on your stomach is the least common sleep position—around 7% of people do so. To some extent, that’s understandable. Stomach sleeping isn’t great for the spine and neck as it’s difficult to remain in a neutral position. This is because most of your weight is in the middle of your body.
Additionally, sleeping on your stomach can put pressure on your nerves, resulting in tingling and numbness.
For those sleepers who nevertheless sleep this way, picking the right mattress is essential to ensure you get the most comfortable sleep possible.
Our guide will include everything you need to know about stomach sleeping, from the key considerations when choosing a mattress to our top picks for the best beds out there. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
The Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers: Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Nectar
For stomach sleepers who need comfort and support but not that sink-in feeling.
Why we Picked It
The Nectar mattress features five layers —adding up to 11 inches—that are designed to provide comfort and support to all sleepers. For stomach sleepers, it’s a particularly excellent choice because of its pressure relief and firm support that come in equal measures.
At the top of the mattress is a quilted Tencel cover that wicks away heat while you sleep and works to prevent overheating. Under that, the gel memory foam contours to your body, distributing your weight evenly and keeping you cool at the same time.
It comes in a medium-firm setting, which is highly beneficial to stomach sleepers who need comfort and support but not that sink-in feeling that some memory foam mattresses provide.
The Nectar offers an industry-leading 365-night trial, a forever warranty plus free shipping and returns.
Keep in Mind
While we love the Nectar mattress, keep in mind that it doesn’t offer a great deal of bounce. Couples might find this is somewhat a problem during sex. There may also be slight off-gassing odors in the first few days.
In a Nutshell
- Medium-firm rating is excellent for stomach sleepers
- Offers great value for money
- High-quality materials provide good durability
Best Value: Tuft and Needle
Tuft and Needle
Designed to offer a comfortable sleep at a reasonable price.
Why we Picked It
There’s little out there that rivals the Tuft & Needle mattress when it comes to value. It’s mostly a no-frills mattress designed to offer a comfortable sleep at a reasonable price.
Stomach sleepers will find a top layer of three inches of polyfoam that offers mobility, a good deal of bounce, and just enough contouring. Below that is a seven-inch layer of high-density polyfoam which provides support and prevents you from sinking into the mattress.
There’s also a layer of adaptable foam which features cooling gel, a breathable cover, and heat wicking graphite.
Tuft & Needle offer a 100-night sleep trial with a 10-year limited warranty. We’ll say it again: you can’t beat this mattress for value.
Keep in Mind
Heavier individuals who sleep on their stomachs may find the mattress needs to be a bit firmer. It might not offer the coolest sleep either.
In a Nutshell
- Medium-firm rating for comfort and support
- Unbeatable value
- Gel foams prevent overheating
Best Hybrid: DreamCloud
The DreamCloud features high-quality materials not always found in other hybrids.
Why we Picked It
The DreamCloud mattress is a hybrid with eight layers of comfort and support. The bed is a medium-firm on the scale, meaning stomach sleepers will find a lot to like here.
With its cashmere cover, gel memory foam, and latex layers, the DreamCloud features high-quality materials not always found in other hybrids out there. It’s a particularly good choice for stomach sleepers because the mattress doesn’t allow sleepers to sink in too far.
In other words: the pocketed coil support keeps the spine aligned and the contouring is good for the lower back.
You also get a 365-night trial, free delivery with the option of a full refund, and a forever warranty included.
Keep in Mind
The DreamCloud is slightly firmer on the scale, meaning some lighter sleepers may find it to be uncomfortable. The edge support could be slightly better too.
In a Nutshell
- Quality materials mean great durability
- Leading 365-night trial
- Cooling cover for soft support
Best for Hot Sleepers: Awara
The Awara offers a breathable, eco-friendly bed.
Why we Picked It
We’re rather fond of the Awara, a natural and organic hybrid mattress. A medium-firm on the scale, the Awara offers an eco-friendly bed with a price that is lower than other hybrids on the market.
Particularly notable is the mattress’ excellent cooling capabilities. Featuring a layer of latex, a soft organic cover, and pocketed coil support, air is allowed to flow freely around the bed. The breathable materials only emphasize its key strengths in this area.
Larger sleepers who sleep on their stomachs and tend to sleep hot will appreciate the Awara the most.
Green certifications for the materials inside the mattress include the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). To top it off, the Awara comes with a 365-night sleep trial plus free shipping and returns.
Keep in Mind
The Awara does transfer motion quite easily, so couples may not find it to be the best choice for them if they are light sleepers.
In a Nutshell
- Natural and organic hybrid with green certifications
- Excellent cooling capabilities
- Pocketed coil support promotes airflow
Best for Heavy Sleepers: WinkBeds Plus
A strong choice for larger people who sleep on their stomachs.
Why we Picked It
The WinkBeds Plus is designed especially for heavier sleepers. With pressure relief and support in good measure, the bed is a strong choice for larger people who sleep on their stomachs.
It’s a hybrid mattress that features a gel foam layer, a latex layer, and triple-zone pocketed coil support. So, what does this mean for you?
In short, you should find a healthy combination of comfort from the memory foam and latex layers, while the pocketed coils provide a supportive upward force in the midsection. Expect excellent durability thanks to the high-quality materials and construction.
The WinkBeds Plus also comes with a 120-night sleep trial, a lifetime warranty, and free shipping.
Keep in Mind
Lighter sleepers will most likely find the WinkBeds Plus to be too firm for them. It’s also a large and bulky bed with no handles to easily move it.
In a Nutshell
- Durable and supportive coils
- Specifically designed for heavier sleepers
- Tencel fabric cover with gel-infused foam
How We Chose the Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers
We take special care to ensure the beds we choose meet a high standard in a variety of crucial areas. From the material quality of the mattress to off-gassing, the very best mattresses will meet and often exceed our standards. We look at the following, and you can learn more about our process here.
- Material Quality
- Edge Support
- Temperature Neutrality
- Motion Isolation
The Anatomy of Stomach Sleeping
Sleeping on your stomach isn’t common, and neither is it particularly good for you, though many people find it comforting. In fact, you should choose a different way to sleep altogether, if you can. With that said, like any habit, it isn’t always easy just to change your position, certainly if you’ve slept that way for some time. That’s why ensuring you have the right mattress is so important.
The main reason sleeping on your belly isn’t great is because it doesn’t encourage the natural alignment of the spine. Sleeping in this way can lead to pain in your back, neck, and joints. The middle part of the body is where the most weight is, so keeping your spine aligned is difficult.
Specifically, the spine features natural curves in an S-shape, and sleeping on your stomach doesn’t adequately support the lumbar (lower back) to maintain this curve. Stress on the spine can result in pain all over the body, including ongoing numbness and tingling.
Stomach sleepers may sleep with their arms up or down, and with their head straight or turned to the side. Sleeping with your head turned puts additional strain on your neck, so instead, try sleeping face down and place the top of your head on a pillow so you can breathe.
Pros and Cons
Here are the pros and cons of sleeping on your stomach.
|It can prevent snoring in most cases||Causes misalignment of the spine by flattening the natural curve|
|Sleepers with degenerative disc disease may feel relief laying on their stomachs as it can reduce pressure||It causes stiffness and pain in the neck|
|It may help with sleep apnea||May contribute to wrinkles and breast sag|
|It puts an unnatural strain on muscles and joints|
Special Considerations for Stomach Sleepers
There are multiple points to consider when picking a mattress, aside from your budget. This is especially true if you sleep on your stomach. To avoid pain and discomfort in your sleep life, you will need to think about everything from the durability of the mattress to the support and firmness it provides.
Don’t worry, though; below we’ve detailed all of the key considerations you need to keep in mind when searching for the ultimate mattress for you.
When it comes to sleeping on your stomach, it’s fair to say you will need considerable support from your mattress. The support should be focused on the middle section of your body to prevent sinking.
In other words, stomach sleepers need a highly supportive and responsive mattress that will cushion the central part of their body—without sag that will cause misalignment of the spine.
When we talk about responsiveness, we simply mean that a mattress will quickly adjust to changes in pressure, so it will respond when you shift positions.
Firmness is slightly different from support and generally refers to how comfortable the mattress feels for the sleeper.
Too much softness in a mattress can mean stomach sleepers will sink into the bed, making it harder to breathe and causing the spine to be misaligned. Conversely, if a mattress is too firm, stomach sleepers may well find it too difficult to feel comfortable and relaxed.
The best answer for stomach sleepers is to find a medium to medium-firm mattress.
A sagging mattress isn’t good for any sleeper, no matter their chosen position. However, a stomach sleeper will need to take extra consideration here.
A mattress tends to sag in the middle over time, precisely the place where the most pressure is applied when sleeping on your stomach. To counter this, you will need a mattress that uses high-quality materials with specific attention to durability.
The ideal firmness of the mattress depends to a large degree on the body weight of the sleeper.
For example, lighter stomach sleepers will prefer a softer mattress that provides better contouring. On the other hand, heavier stomach sleepers may well need a firmer mattress to feel comfortable.
It never hurts to check customer reviews out to see how other stomach sleepers found a particular mattress. It helps to focus on customer reviews that are verified purchasers of the mattress. Reading these will give you an idea of how suitable a bed is for you.
Tips for Stomach Sleeping
While it’s not the optimal position to sleep in, there are a few hints and tips that will help stomach sleepers get the most comfort out of their sleep. We’ve listed them below.
Keep your Head Straight
Keeping your head straight rather than to the side will reduce pain in your neck and will keep your spine more naturally aligned. It’s important to place a pillow on your forehead, so you keep your airway open.
The Right Pillow
Using the right pillow will help you feel more comfortable on your stomach. What qualifies as the “right” pillow? One which is breathable, supportive, and soft. It should provide enough support for the head to prevent neck pain.
Hypoallergenic pillows will help stomach sleepers because their mouths and noses are pressed up against the pillow. Being so close to the pillow means you are more likely to suffer an allergic reaction from dust or pollen. A hypoallergenic pillow can help to prevent this.
Stretching your neck can help loosen tight muscles and may help with any pain as a result of stomach sleeping. There are a variety of stretches you can perform, (including ones for your shoulders).
For the neck, try gently turning your head from left to right and repeat for a short while. You can also try slowly rotating your head in the shape of a circle while looking up. Do this in a clockwise and then counterclockwise manner.
Other Sleeping Positions
Of course, trying to sleep in another position may well be the best answer for you. It can take time for you to feel comfortable in a different sleeping position, and yes, it requires some perseverance. Even so, it will be more than likely worth it. Try sleeping on your side with a body pillow to achieve a similar sensation.
Once you’ve considered any physical ailments, you should try sleeping in a new position for a few nights to see how you feel. You may well find a new favourite position over time.
The Best Mattress Types for Stomach Sleepers
The best mattresses for sleeping on your stomach need to contour to the body while providing adequate support. Stomach sleepers often prefer memory foam mattresses because of their excellent contouring properties and the support they provide.
Below we’ve listed the four main types of mattress along with their pros and cons so you can get a good idea of the bed you need:
|Type of Mattress||Pros for stomach sleepers||Cons for stomach sleepers|
|Memory foam||Provides excellent contouring properties|
Relief for pressure points
Some have cooling technology to prevent overheating
Memory foam mattresses can bounce back to their original position quickly
|Overheating is still possible despite the cooling technology in many|
Too much contouring can affect the alignment of the spine
Not as quick to respond as most Latex mattresses
|Latex||Latex mattresses can offer a combination of comfort and support|
Conforms well to the body, which is particularly useful for stomach sleepers
Long-lasting and offers great durability
Provides a cool sleep
Often very responsive to pressure
|May be too firm in the first few weeks of use|
Latex mattresses are generally more expensive than memory foam beds
|Innerspring||Can provide a good, consistency of support in the medium and medium-firm range|
Provides a flat, even sleep surface to prevent too much sinking in the stomach region
|May not conform enough to the stomach sleeper|
Not very durable, they could sag more quickly than other types of mattress
|Hybrid||A combination of good support and pressure point relief|
Great contouring properties for stomach sleepers
Generally offers a cool sleep
|Poor durability if constructed from weaker materials such as low-grade polyfoam, which could be a big problem for stomach sleepers|
Can be expensive, depending on the construction
Other Considerations When Choosing a Mattress
Regardless of the position you sleep in, there are other things to consider when choosing a mattress. For example, what materials are inside the bed? Are they high or low grade? What does that mean for its durability?
Of course, budget is also a primary concern. Finding a mattress that offers everything you want at a reasonable price will require some careful thinking. That’s why we’ve listed some key considerations for you:
The durability of a mattress is affected by the quality of the material used in its construction. Ideally, a mattress uses high-end parts, which helps to prolong its lifespan. For stomach sleepers, a sagging bed could be a big problem, certainly as a mattress tends to weaken in the middle over time.
You also need to think about the separate layers in a mattress, the type of material used and make sure to think about the thickness. Generally, cheaper foam will compress over time and thinner coils will wear down more quickly. Remember that when you look for high-grade materials, this naturally raises the price.
Material quality will, of course, affect the price of a mattress. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a mattress made from high-quality components at a fair price. As with all shopping, look around for exclusive discounts, coupons and any other offers that may be available. Some of the top beds we chose above offer great value for money.
Most sleep trials for mattresses average around 90 days. There are longer trials available, all the way up to 365 nights, but these are harder to find. Keep in mind that some mattress companies will require you to pay for shipping if you choose to return them for a refund.
Additional details, like whether the sleep trial still applies if you purchase the mattress from Amazon—as opposed to the manufacturer’s site—are worth researching.
Warranties vary in both length and terms. Always double-check what the warranty for your mattress covers.
In most cases, warranties only cover mattress defects—this doesn’t include normal wear and tear. Defects like material bunching and bent coil should be covered, but it pays to be sure.
If you’d like to know about the different types of mattresses out there, then you can find more of our comprehensive and independent guides below.