What is the best type of mattress for stomach sleepers?
The best type of mattresses for stomach sleepers are memory foam and hybrid mattresses because they mold to the body in response to heat and pressure, evenly distributing body weight. Spring mattresses come less recommended for stomach sleepers because they can provide uneven support that leads to added pressure and joint pain.
What is the best mattress firmness for stomach sleepers?
Most stomach sleepers prefer a firmer mattress because it provides exceptional support, especially around the midsection where a large amount of body weight is concentrated. A mattress firmness between 5–10 is generally recommended for stomach sleepers to provide enough comfort and support.
Is it bad to sleep on your stomach?
Many medical professionals advise against sleeping on your stomach because it causes undue strain on the neck, back and hips, which creates a higher potential for aches and pains.
Stomach sleeping is the least common position, but seven percent of the population cite it as the most comfortable sleeping position. If you’re among the stomach-sleeping minority, there are a few considerations when choosing a mattress to support your sleeping preferences.
Stomach sleepers must find a mattress rigid enough to keep the spine properly aligned, but soft enough to reduce pressure on the stomach and ribs. A bed that is too plush will cause you to sink in and overextend the arch of your back, while a mattress too firm won’t have enough pressure relief.
Top 3 best mattresses for stomach sleepers
To determine which mattresses were best for stomach sleepers we compared mattress types, pressure relief features, support features and firmness. We chose only mattresses that were available in firm or medium-firm support levels that had added features for pressure and pain relief.
Nest bedding is one of the first direct-to-consumer companies to sell bed-in-a-box mattresses. The Alexander Signature is a gel memory foam mattress designed to effectively isolate motion while conforming closely to your body for improved spinal alignment and pressure relief. It is virtually silent when bearing weight. For stomach sleepers, we recommend the luxury firm feel. The Alexander signature is also available in a hybrid mattress if you’re not quite ready to make the leap from a traditional innerspring to a fully-foam mattress.
Type: Memory Foam
Price: $1,199 (queen)
Test period: 100 night in-home trial
Best for support: Saatva
Saatva is an innerspring mattress that accommodates most stomach sleepers regardless of their weight. The mattress support system includes memory foam, polyfoam, pocketed coils and a cotton cover filled with more foam for additional cushioning. Their flagship model, “luxury firm,” is a great choice for stomach sleepers who need the support of a firmer mattress but still want a luxury plush feel. For stomach sleepers who want more support, a firmer model is available.
Price: $1,099 (queen)
Warranty: 15 years
Test period: 120 night in-home trial
Best for back pain: Helix
Each Helix customer receives a customized mattress recommendation based on their sleeping position and answers to an online quiz. For stomach sleepers with moderate back pain, the company recommends getting a mattress from their Helix Dusk line. Helix Dusk mattresses are medium-firm foam mattresses designed to contour to your body shape and help alleviate body aches and pains, especially back pain. Helix mattresses use a combination of memory foam and their own “Helix dynamic foam,” which is a latex-foam hybrid and tends to sleep cool and retain less heat compared to other memory foam mattresses.
Deciding to take the plunge and invest in a new mattress can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of options out there; however, not all are suitable for stomach sleepers.
Nest mattresses are the best choice for pressure relief and spinal alignment. Saatva is the best innerspring mattress for stomach sleepers, providing extra support with its thick comfort system. For those suffering from back pain, we recommend Helix mattresses for lower back pain relief.
Whichever direction you go, we recommend focusing on finding a firm, supportive mattress with enough cushion to make drifting off to sleep an enjoyable experience, not a stressful or painful one.
As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.