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There’s no best mattress for everyone — comfort is a personal preference.

But experts agree that sleep posture has a profound effect on how beds feel, and for stomach sleepers, the impact is unmistakable.

If you’re one of the 16-percent of people who spend most of the night in the prone position, you have unique needs that not all mattresses can meet — especially on a budget.

If you’re ready for a better night’s rest, join us on our mattress review as we take a closer look at ten top-quality choices that offer stomach sleepers the deep, restorative slumber they deserve.

Sealy Response Performance 14-Inch Hybrid Pillow Top Mattress, Queen

Best Mattress For Stomach Sleepers Overall

Highlights

  • Medium feel
  • Patented Posturepedic support system
  • Medium-firm pillow top
  • 10-year warranty and 100-night trial
  • CertiPUR-US certified foam

Sealy has been making beds since 1881 — they understand the science of sleep. Made of quality materials throughout, their multi-layer Response Performance mattress is engineered for both support and pressure relief. It’s a rare breed.

Developed with orthopedic specialists, the hybrid design features 513 individually encased coils that move independently, supporting the body where it’s heaviest and reducing motion transfer. Topped with layers of transitional foam, it conforms to curves and relieves aches and pains without the sinking feeling of an all-foam bed.

Reinforced coils around the perimeter of the bed provide a supportive edge and a greater sleeping area — stretch out in maximum comfort. Crowned with a cushion-firm pillowtop and a cozy knit cover, it’s everything a stomach or combination sleeper could hope for. Sealy backs the Response Performance with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial. It’s a tough package to beat.

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Pros

  • Targeted pressure relief
  • Supportive edges
  • Capable motion isolation

Cons

  • Sleeps warm
  • Requires deep pocket sheets
  • Not very budget-friendly

TUFT & NEEDLE Adaptive Foam Mattress With Cooling Graphite And Gel Beads

Best Tuft & Needle Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Medium-firm feel
  • Cooling graphite- and gel-infused foam
  • CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold certified
  • Gimmick-free 10-year warranty
  • 100-night risk-free sleep trial and easy returns

Tuft & Needle’s proprietary adaptive foam is the next step in the evolution of bedding. It offers superior pressure relief, but unlike traditional memory foam, it adjusts quickly to movement. Stomach sleepers feel like they’re floating on the bed, not sinking in quicksand. Changing positions is effortless.

The simple all-foam design features a 7-inch high-density base for firmness and durability plus a 3-inch layer of conforming gel- and graphite-infused foam. Nights are cool, dry and ache-free. Pair it with a sturdy box spring for additional support or use an adjustable base — it’s compatible with most foundations.

Made in the US of CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold certified materials, it meets the stricter safety standards set for children and seniors. Heavy people will appreciate the 500-pound per side weight capacity and exceptional motion isolation — it’s our best mattress for plus-size couples. You’ll enjoy a 100-night trial, a comprehensive 10-year warranty and hassle-free returns. If you don’t like it, send it back — it’s that easy.

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Pros

  • Sleeps cool and dry
  • Generous weight capacity
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • Weak edge support
  • No handles
  • Firmer than expected for lightweight users

LUCID 10-Inch Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

Best Hybrid Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Medium-plush feel
  • Naturally hypoallergenic
  • Freshness-enhanced with charcoal and aloe
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Worry-free 10-year warranty

LUCID’s luxurious 10-inch hybrid blends the firmness of innersprings with the curve-hugging benefits of memory foam. The result is a balanced feel that relieves pressure while keeping the body properly aligned. Stomach sleepers — kiss aches and pains good-bye.

Durable steel coils are individually wrapped for whisper-quiet motion isolation, and the edges are supportive. Foam layers are infused with charcoal and aloe for long-lasting freshness and wrapped in a breathable knit cover that wicks moisture away from the skin. This model contains no gel, but as a hybrid, it’s naturally temperature neutral.

Like all mattresses, this model has a fire retardant barrier — it’s required by law. But while some manufacturers use chemicals to make their beds fireproof, LUCID uses fiberglass. It’s an environmentally friendly and practical choice, but if the cover sustains serious damage, it could leak fibers. The good news is that an inexpensive zippered cover eliminates the worry and keeps the permanent cover clean. It’s a win-win.

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Pros

  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Supportive
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Limited 30-day trial period
  • Damaged covers may leak fiberglass
  • Some amount of off-gassing

LINENSPA 12-Inch Ultra Plush Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress, Full

Best Gel Memory Foam Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Medium-firm support
  • Cooling gel memory foam layer
  • Quilted plush cover
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 10-year limited warranty

LINENSPA created this spa-quality hybrid with value in mind. Three layers of pressure-relieving foams sit atop an 8-inch base of individually encased coils for medium-firm support with a soft buttery feel. Wrapped in a cozy quilted cover, this bed is a welcome respite after a tough day.

The memory foam and innersprings layers work together to isolate motion, so partners sleep peacefully. And because coils move with the body, pressure relief is targeted where it’s needed most — beneath the hips and shoulders. The coil base naturally enhances air circulation while cooling gel beads in the memory foam help distribute body heat to keep you fresh through the night — for stomach sleepers, that’s a plus.

Despite the bargain price, LINENSPA backs it’s products with a 10-year warranty, but chances are, you won’t need it — reviews are excellent for both performance and durability. Why toss and turn another night?

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Pros

  • Surprising pressure relief
  • Comfortable and cool
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Not the best mattress for back pain

LINENSPA 10-Inch Supportive Latex Hybrid Mattress, Queen

Best Latex Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Medium-firm feel
  • Temperature neutral
  • Responsive latex
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Comfortable and supportive
  • 100-night risk-free trial

Here’s another better-than-expected mattress from LINENSPA. Four layers of high-quality foams top a supportive base of 6-inch individually wrapped springs for a medium-firm feel and excellent motion control.

The comfort layer contains two full inches of natural Dunlop latex — twice the amount of similar models in this price range —that’s both durable and resilient. Latex helps distribute weight evenly and gives you a floating feeling — you’ll never feel stuck in the bed — and although it retains warmth like memory foam, the hybrid design encourages ample ventilation, so it’s naturally cool and suitable for all climates.

Coils don’t extend to the perimeter of the mattress, so edge support is weaker than similar models, and at 10 inches thick, it’s on the thin side for plus-size couples. It’s low-profile and flexibility, however, make it ideal for use with adjustable bed frames. We recommend this model for light to average-size stomach sleepers or for guest rooms where durability is a must. Try it for a hundred nights, and if you’re not thrilled, return it for a full refund. It’s an exceptional value.

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Pros

  • Minimizes motion transfer
  • Sleeps naturally cool
  • Great for stomach sleepers

Cons

  • Longer than average expansion time
  • Weak edges
  • Not for people with a latex allergy

Zinus 12-Inch Gel-Infused Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress, Full

Best Zinus Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Medium support
  • Cooling gel
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Freshness enhanced
  • 10-year warranty

Advertised as medium support, this full-featured hybrid from Zinus is deceptively supportive. It features a 7.5-inch base of iCoil pocketed steel springs and four comfort layers, including 1.5 inches of gel-infused memory foam and 1.25 inches of adaptive ViscoElastic foam for both back support and significant pressure relief. It cradles the body and aligns the spine.

With a 500-pound weight capacity, the Zinus is perfect for plus-size stomach sleepers. Reinforced edges are supportive. It’s also one of only a few mattresses in this price range with side handles. Hybrids can’t be flipped, but rotating them regularly enhances durability and handles help — this bed is weighty at 86.5 pounds.

Zinus infuses their beds with green tea and activated charcoal to absorb body odors, and they replace portions of the petroleum products in each with plant-based Biofoam — a green alternative. Covered by a 10-year warranty, it’s our blue-ribbon winner for value.

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Pros

  • Isolates motion very well
  • Some customers say it relieves pressure
  • Built with a 500-pound weight capacity

Cons

  • Heavy to move
  • Slightly firmer than advertised

Live and Sleep 10-Inch Memory Foam Mattress with Premium Bonus Pillow, Queen

Best Mattress For Stomach Sleepers With Bonus Pillow

Highlights

  • All-foam construction
  • Medium to medium-firm feel
  • Comfortable for stomach sleepers
  • Naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial
  • 20-year warranty

Mattresses don’t have to be complex to be comfortable. This simple all-foam beauty from Live and Sleep is the perfect example. Short on bells and whistles, but rich in quality materials, it promises a great night’s sleep without the sticker shock. It’s a value shopper’s dream.

The dual-layer design features a 7.5-inch high-density base for support and durability topped with 2.5 inches of pure, pressure-relieving memory foam. It’s CertiPur-US certified and latex-free. Foams are engineered for superior weight distribution and air flow — this bed sleeps cool without gel. On a scale of 1 to 10, starting with the softest, firmness is rated 6-7. It’s the best model in our mattress review for stomach sleepers on a budget looking for relief from hip and shoulder pain.

Compared to coil mattresses and hybrids, edge support is minimal, but pairing it with a sturdy frame helps — it’s compatible with all foundations. Beds are tested for performance up to 750 pounds, and they pass with flying colors — plus-size sleepers can buy with confidence. Live and Sleep backs this model with an industry-leading 20-year warranty and a commitment to customer service.

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Pros

  • Cool and breathable
  • Offers deep pressure relief
  • Bonus pillow included

Cons

  • Limited 30-day trial period

LUCID 10-Inch Responsive Latex Hybrid Mattress, Queen

Best Latex Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Great for back pain
  • Soft for stomach sleepers
  • Not very expensive
  • Simple yet stunning design
  • 10 year risk-free warranty

Stomach sleepers with back pain will enjoy this 10-inch hybrid by LUCID. Built on a base of 5.5-inch individually pocketed coils, dual layers of high-density support polyfoam and natural latex offer a firm — but not hard —feel. On LUCID’s scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being softest, this bed is a 2 — the level recommended for stomach sleepers by most professionals.

The individually-pocketed steel coils move independently, minimizing motion transfer and supporting the body where it’s heaviest. There’s pressure relief where it’s needed most, but the neck and spine stay aligned — LUCID calls it the perfect balance of sink and spring.

Backed by a 10-year warranty, this mattress is smartly finished with a plush, two-tone cover. Similar models could cost hundreds more in a showroom, but why bother? Have the LUCID delivered right to your door and pocket the savings.

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Pros

  • Relieves painful pressure points
  • Isolates motion
  • Aesthetically attractive

Cons

  • Slight chemical smell
  • Contains latex - not suitable for those with an allergy

Ashley Furniture Signature Design 12-Inch Chime Express Memory Foam Mattress, King

Best Medium Firm Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Medium-plush feel
  • Hypoallergenic materials
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Cooling gel memory foam layer
  • Furniture-quality look

All aboard the Chime Express for a great night’s rest. This universally comfortable bed by Ashley, a leading name in affordable furniture, is suitable for all sleep postures. The hybrid design features a high-density base for medium support and first-class motion isolation. Upholstery-grade foam on top gives it a plush feel, wrapping you in a cloud of comfort — the pressure relief is remarkable.

Thick layers of ventilated and gel-infused memory foam work together to combat heat retention, keeping you cool, while green tea and charcoal infusions help fight the body odors that can accumulate over time. Surrounded by a breathable knit cover, the bed stays fresh long-term.

The Chime Express is our top choice among all-foam mattresses for edge support — sides are weaker than a hybrid, but the high-density base is sturdy. Finished with a breathable cover, it’s backed by a 10-year warranty. Count on it for the restorative rest you deserve.

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Pros

  • Dust mite and odor-resistant
  • Remarkable pressure relief
  • Compatible with all bases and foundations

Cons

  • No handles
  • Less supportive for sleepers with back pain

Classic Brands 14-Inch Cool Gel 1.0 Ultimate Gel Memory Foam Mattress with Bonus Pillows, Queen

Best Cool Mattress For Stomach Sleepers

Highlights

  • Supportive and comfortable
  • Ventilated and gel-infused memory foams
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • 25-year prorated warranty
  • Comes with two high-quality shredded memory foam pillows

A bed that makes everyone happy is a rare find, but this well-appointed all-foam model by Classic Brands comes close. The 9-inch high-density base offers the firmness stomach sleepers need while 5- inches of gel-infused foams — more than any other mattress in its class— relieves aches and pains and keeps the bed cool.

Reviewers making the switch from traditional innerspring mattresses say it sleeps warm, but folks transitioning from other memory foam beds to the Cool Gel 1.0 notice a significant difference. If worry about heat retention is the only thing standing between you and the memory foam bed of your dreams, give the Cool Gel 1.0 a try.

Across the board, it gets rave reviews for performance, durability and value, and it’s among the few 14-inch models engineered to fit most adjustable bases. With a 25-year warranty and two free premium pillows — up to a $100 value — few mattresses offer so much for so little.

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Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Can help alleviate painful pressure points
  • Worth the price

Cons

  • Sleeps warmer than expected despite gel materials
  • Slow to expand to its full size

What type of mattress is best for a stomach sleeper?

Stomach sleeping is associated with aches and pains, but is it because of the position or the mattress? Research shows it could be both, but that having on the right bed makes a world of difference. Which features make the best mattress for stomach sleepers? Our mattress review team found out.

Firmness

Sleep professionals say medium mattresses are ideal for most people, but for stomach sleepers, a firmer bed offers better support. It keeps the body in a neutral position with the hips, shoulders and neck aligned. Too-soft mattresses let the body sink where it’s the heaviest, creating an unnatural arch in the back that puts a strain on major muscle groups.

Firmness is among the most important factors to consider when shopping for the best mattress because even quality materials soften over time — it’s a natural process. A medium mattress may feel better for the first few months, but soon, the feeling of support lags. It’s one of the reasons better manufacturers offer free trial periods for their beds — it can take up to 100 nights to break them in.

How do you find the right firmness level? It’s not easy — comfortable is a relative term. We’ll talk about mattress styles and materials later — they matter — but most makers try to make it easy with firmness scales.

Unfortunately, scales are proprietary — meaning they are manufacturer- or seller-specific — there’s no universal system. Most science-based — materials of different densities offer a wide range of support levels — but many are unique.

LUCID, for example, uses a 1 to 5 scale on which 1 is the firmest and 5 is the softest. Other retailers, such Live and Sleep, use a 1 to 10 scale from softest to firmest. Scales are also deceptive because one mattress maker’s firmest mattress may be softer than another’s. It pays to consider comments from prior purchasers, but a mattress review reflects only one person’s point of view. Read dozens.

Luckily, most manufacturer’s are sensitive to their customer’s needs — they want you to be happy with your purchase — so they assign a ballpark value to firmness level. For stomach sleepers, something between medium and medium-firm — 6-7 on a 1 to 10 scale from softest to firmest is ideal depending on your body weight. The lighter a sleeper, the firmer a mattress feels. Plus size sleepers should aim for a 7 or above — average or below average size persons may fare better with a 6.

It’s also essential to consider your personal preferences. If you currently wake up feeling refreshed on an extra-firm bed, why fix what isn’t broken? But if you have a firmer mattress now and toss and turn because pressure points ache, something a little softer may offer relief.

Spine Support

So-called “neutral position” is a posture that avoid creating anatomical stress — joints are aligned, minimizing stress on muscles, tendons and ligaments. Ergonomic specialists use it to guide workstation design to prevent musculoskeletal pain in the workplace. Mattresses makers do the same, emphasizing back support.

For stomach sleepers, keeping the spine in neutral position is critical. It prevents an unnatural, bow-shaped curvature that strains the neck, shoulders and pelvis.

Stomach sleepers should look for a bed with a coil or high-density polyfoam base with limited sink that holds its shape over time.

Coil and hybrid mattresses are inherently firmer than all-foam beds — no memory foam is stronger than steel — but because it distributes weight more evenly, an all-foam bed that’s soft to touch can still offer excellent head-to-toe support.

Pressure Relief

Too-firm mattresses can be painful. The pressure against joints where the body is the heaviest — at the shoulders and hips — creates discomfort that contributes to tossing and turning.

Stomach sleepers avoid some of the pressure issues side sleepers have because in the prone position, their weight is better distributed over the mattress — but it doesn’t eliminate all pressure points.

Better engineered beds feature both back support and comfort layers. Memory foam, for example, isn’t the best option for back support, but nothing beats it for pressure relief — as a top layer, it provides the balance stomach sleepers crave.

Responsiveness

The term “responsiveness” reflects how well mattress materials move with you. The average person shifts position up to forty times each night, and the wrong materials can cause wakefulness. For example, memory foam is curve-conforming but less responsive than springs, leading to a stuck-in-the-bed feeling when you want to turn over. The effort it takes to move on an ultra-soft bed is significant and can rouse you from an otherwise deep sleep.

Stomach sleepers should look for responsive beds that give, but don’t sink too much. Good choices are hybrids with individually pocketed coils or memory foam mattresses with latex or adaptive viscoelastic materials.

Edge Support

Edge support is essential for two reasons — stability and proprioception. Beds with weak edges are unstable to sit on — putting your slippers on or reaching too far over the side to hit the snooze button could lead to a slip and fall. It also takes significant core strength to rise from a soft surface. Mattresses with limited edge support are not recommended for seniors or people with mobility challenges. Supportive edges also enhance proprioception — a sense of where your body is in space. It’s surprisingly easy to roll out of bed with no obvious borders.

In contrast, less edge support makes beds feel roomier — they’re soft from side to side. Only you can determine which level of edge support is best but consider safety first.

Which types of mattresses offer the most edge support? Innerspring beds and hybrids are ideal, but beware — you get what you pay for. Cheap models use metal bars for support around the perimeter of the mattress — but they sag over time — while lesser hybrids use high-density polyfoam instead of springs. Better models have pocketed coils that extend to the edge of the bed.

If you want an all-foam bed with firmer than average edges, the best solution is to opt for a firm model or pair it with a sturdy foundation. Platform frames offer reliable support.

What type of mattresses are not a good choice for stomach sleepers?

Stomach sleepers should avoid mattresses that are too soft or too thin. A minimum of 10-inches is recommended for adults — thicker for plus-size sleepers.

The models in our mattress review were specifically chosen for their performance, durability, and value while meeting a wide range of comfort preferences. Let’s take a closer look at mattress types for stomach sleepers and review some popular questions and answers.

Types of Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers

A great mattress is no more than the sum of its parts — the materials matter. And for stomach sleepers with a narrow margin for comfort, they matter even more. Our mattress review recognizes that while some beds are more popular than others for reasons ranging from price to durability, most are not engineered with stomach sleepers in mind.

Here’s what you should know about each mattress type if you sleep in the prone position.

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses rely on steel springs for support. Stomach sleepers enjoy them for their firmness, but there’s a catch — they’re not all created equal.

In general, inexpensive models use a single continuous coil wound into springs. They feel supportive at first, and they have the right bounce for intimacy, but they’re prone to sagging under the torso — the result is aches and pains.

Better brands use individually pocketed coils that move independently. Encased in fabric, they’re less likely to squeak, and because they move with the body, they provide both support and targeted pressure relief.

Depending on the type and thickness of comfort layers, cheap innerspring mattresses often feel old before their time. Thin layers of material are vulnerable to softening quickly, leaving sleepers feeling the direct pressure of springs — it’s a miserable way to spend the night.

Innerspring mattresses also tend to be less durable than memory foam beds and hybrids — especially if they’re made of lower-quality materials. And conventional styles don’t lend themselves well to being folded and box shipped — buying from a showroom means you’ll pay more.

Foam

All-foam mattresses contain no metal parts — support comes exclusively from high-density foams. Pure memory foam beds are rare — most manufacturers use firmer polyfoam for the base with transitional and memory foam layers on top for a soft but supportive feel.

How can you determine the firmness of an all-foam bed? It’s tricky. Manufacturers use Indentation Load Deflection, or ILD testing, to determine firmness level. The ILD rating reflects the amount of pressure it takes to compress a piece of foam by 25%. On a scale from 14 to 44, soft mattresses have a lower rating, firmer mattresses rate higher.

The topic of ILD, however, is complex, because many other factors contribute to the feel of a mattress, including the way layers interact with each other. To ease the confusion, some bed makers are no longer posting ILD results. Instead, they use generic terms, such as soft, plush, medium, firm and extra-firm to describe their mattresses. Most will, however, provide ratings by request.

Because stomach sleepers generally require a firmer mattress, all-foam beds with high-density bases perform better, and they’ll be more durable. Choose comfort layers based on feel. Soft layers made of memory and gel memory foam, optimize pressure relief, but they sink. Denser materials like latex have more spring, but they feel firmer under the hips and shoulders.

Memory foams mattresses also retain heat, but models with pin-ventilated or gel-infused foams stay cooler. Consider your needs and select the combination of materials that best meet your personal goals.

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses combine the support of springs with the softness of foams. They feature a base of individually pocketed steel coils crowned with materials from latex to memory foam that can be fine-tuned for optimal comfort. The layered approach is ideal for stomach sleepers.

Coils are supportive yet flexible — they conform enough to provide pressure relief and edge support without sinking, and they’re responsive enough for intimate activities. Comfort layers can be chosen based on individual preferences.

A thick layer of low-density like memory foam is a good choice for a stomach sleeper who wants deep pressure relief. A thinner or more resilient layer, such as latex, is better for overall support and a floating feeling. Hybrids also sleep cooler than all-foam mattresses. Even without cooling features, the coils allow natural ventilation.

Although we feature a lot of hybrid mattresses in this post, you can read more about the best hybrid mattresses under $500 on our blog.

Latex

Our mattress review is big on latex for stomach sleeping because it’s both soft and elastic.

Both natural and synthetic varieties share similar characteristics, but natural latex is prized for its durability. It conforms to your curves and relieves pressure, but it sinks less than memory foam and responds faster to position changes. It’s also breathable and stays somewhat cooler than conventional memory foam without gel or graphite infusions. Motion isolation and edge support are comparable.

Latex is exceptionally durable — even under heavy weight. It’s ideal for plus-size sleepers. But because all-latex beds are cost-prohibitive — $5,000 or more for a queen size — a hybrid with a latex layer is a good alternative. For stomach sleepers, 1.5-inches or more is best.

Natural latex comes in two types – Dunlop and Talalay. Dunlop is heavier and better suited for mattresses. Talalay is lighter and more often found in pillows. Synthetic blends are usually proprietary, such as Tuft & Needle’s “adaptive” viscolatex, but because they contain no real latex, they’re safe for people with a latex allergy.

Do stomach sleepers need a firmer mattress?

A stomach sleeper needs the support of a firm mattress. Why? Most of the body’s weight is in the torso, between the hips and shoulder. Too-soft mattresses can’t bear that weight, causing the center of the bed to sink and throwing the body out of neutral position. A supportive bed helps the spine retain its natural curve and decreases stress on the neck and major muscle groups. The result is less pain.

Stomach sleepers, however, are not limited to traditional innerspring mattresses. Firm memory foam and hybrid styles feel softer to the touch, but depending on their density, they can distribute weight better than coils alone. “Firm mattresses” run the gamut of medium-firm to extra firm, so stomach sleepers can choose a supportive mattress with a softer or firmer feel.

Are you sure you are a stomach sleeper only?

Only 16-percent of people sleep on their stomach, but of those, at least a portion are combination sleepers — they change positions through the night. Regardless of which posture sleepers wake in, it’s possible it’s not the only position they sleep in. Try to be self-aware of how you sleep for a few weeks before buying a new bed. If you have a partner, ask them to collaborate.

Is sleeping on your stomach bad for you?

Experts advise against sleeping on your stomach because of the strain it puts on your body, beginning with your back.

Because most of your weight is in the center of your body, sleeping in prone position — especially on a too-soft mattress — lets gravity pull against the spine, exaggerating its natural curvature until the hips and neck are overextended — like a swan dive. Stress on the muscles and the vertebrae results in aches causing wakefulness, and without changes, the pain can become serious or chronic.

The spinal canal serves as a conduit for twelve pairs of large sensory and motor nerves that regulate sensation and movement in the extremities. If the vulnerable discs between vertebrae that protect the spine against impact herniate in the neck herniates, or tears, it can press on spinal nerves, disrupting their function. Complaints of numbness and tingling in the legs, arms and shoulders due to pinch nerves are common complaints among stomach sleepers.

Moms-to-be should also be concerned about stomach sleeping — things get pretty cramped inside a shrinking uterus when it’s compressed between the spine and mattress. Research also shows that sleeping on your left side improves symptoms of reflux — a common occurrence in pregnancy.

Stomach sleeping does have a few benefits. It reduces snoring and reduces the symptoms of sleep apnea for people who can’t tolerate CPAP therapy.

Other Mattress Buying Considerations For Stomach Sleepers

Weight Limits

Weight limits are a double-edged sword — few mattresses have them. Most manufacturers say their beds can handle any “reasonable” amount of weight, but that’s vague. If you’re a plus-size person looking for a bed that’s both comfortable and durable, it’s nice to know when mattresses have been tested for performance under heavy use.

Weight limits also have a dark side — exceeding them could void the bed’s warranty, so it’s critical to look at the specifications. The best advice is this — if a mattress has a weight limit, follow it. Manufacturers don’t make money by not selling mattresses, so if they set a weight limit, chances are it reflects the quality of the materials.

For beds without definite limits, plus-size shoppers should aim for thicker, firmer beds that remain supportive even as they soften. It’s also useful to read consumer reviews from people with first-hand experience. And don’t be afraid to call the manufacturer with questions — they’re happy to help.

Cooling Features

Our mattress review has fewer models with gel than others. Why? Beds with traditional memory foam trap heat, and while gel infusions have long been the solution, newer designs and advancing technology are making them less essential.

The coil base in hybrids, for example, encourages air flow — it’s a naturally cooling design. Other advancements, including graphite infusions and open cell foams, are proving to be more effective than gel for the same low cost.

Because stomach sleepers lay with their face close to the mattress, cooling features are important. If you live in a cold climate or have an air-conditioned bedroom, they shouldn’t be your top priority when choosing a mattress. But if warmth is a concern, models including the most cooling features are more likely to keep you comfortable, making them worth the price.

Warranty

Our mattress review tells you what others won’t — shady warranties are a problem in the mattress industry. Most companies don’t set out to intentionally deceive consumers, but the legalese is confusing, and buyers often get the short end of the stick. Manufacturers are incentivized by repeat sales to keep customers happy, but the price point of the models in our mattress review is so low that giving buyers long-term, no questions asked refund privileges is impractical.

Most warranties are, therefore, “limited” and cover only defects in workmanship — not signs of aging. Softening, rolling and sagging are to be expected with time — few mattresses are as comfortable after a few years as they were initially. The average lifespan of a bed for comfort — not function — is seven years — years less than the longest warranty.

Sellers also won’t pay for damage beyond their control, such as water stains, tears in the cover or premature sagging when used above the weight limit. Some warranties are prorated — meaning you get back only a portion of your investment based on the number of years you’ve owned the mattress. Still, others may offer a replacement mattress or credit toward the purchase of a new bed instead of a cash refund.

Paying for return shipping may also be a condition of the warranty. High-volume shippers get freight discounts, but considering the cost and inconvenience of shipping bulky items for individuals, it’s not surprising that most warranties go unused. In most cases, putting the cost of shipping toward the price of a new bed makes more financial sense.

If you’re on a strict budget and need the peace of mind of a good warranty, you can find it — but be prepared to pay a little more for bed. Some companies offer extended purchase protection plans that replace your mattress when a problem is not covered by the warranty. Select manufacturers have also separated the cost of the warranty from the price of the mattress, giving consumers the option of paying a lower upfront price for a bed without a warranty. It’s a great option for people buying a mattress for short-term use or a little-used guest room.

Ultimately, only you can decide which budget and warranty options make the most sense for you. The important part is that you make a fully informed decision.

Returns

Purchasing a mattress online saves hundreds, and the convenience can’t be beated — but what if you try it, and it’s not for you? Stuffing a fully expanded memory foam mattress back into a pint-sized cardboard box requires the strength of Hercules — yet, that’s precisely what some manufacturers require to accept returns.

The best sellers have easy, no-hassle policies. They send a truck for your unwanted bed and recycle it or donate it to charity. Some companies charge a small pick-up or restocking fee — usually 10-percent of the cost of the mattress or less. Others do it for free.

Before you buy, do your homework and ask about return policies. Some companies will only take beds back if they’re defective — if it’s just because it’s uncomfortable, you’re out of luck. Others offer no questions asked returns if you’ve completed a trial period.

It’s also worth negotiating with sellers to avoid returns — and don’t take the first “no” you hear. Some have offered complimentary mattress toppers for beds that are too hard. Others may offer a coupon for another model they make to offset your cost for return shipping. Be persistent.

Free Night Trial

Research shows it takes up to 12 weeks for your body to adjust to a new mattress — especially when transitioning from one type to another. More often than not, buyers who hate a new bed after a few days grow to love it after it’s broken in a bit.

To take the risk out of trying their product, many mattress makers now offer an extended trial period after which a bed can be return if you’re not completely satisfied. It’s a great deal, but some companies may require you to sleep on it for the full trial period, even if you want to send it back after a week. Make sure trial terms are crystal clear.

Specialized Pillows

Experts don’t recommend stomach sleeping — but they also acknowledge that it’s a tough habit to break, so why not focus on making it more body-friendly?

Next to sleeping on the best mattress, selecting a pillow that keeps your neck and spine in the neutral position is the most important step you can take toward getting a more comfortable night’s rest. Some sleep professionals suggest stomach sleepers give up pillows entirely, but that’s almost as hard to get used to as a different sleep posture. Assuming you’ll want a little extra something to lay your head on, here’s what you need to know.

The best pillows for stomach sleeping are thin. Low-loft models measuring less than 3 inches thick are ideal. Sleepers looking for a supportive pillow should consider single-piece polyfoam or latex. Made in a wide range of styles — they hold their shape over time. They can’t be fluffed like a feather pillow, but they keep your head at a consistently comfortable angle through the night. Models with gel are extra cool.

If a downy pillow is more your style, try shredded memory foam. Like low-density polyfill, it can be punched and fluffed until it’s the right shape for your head, but it’s more supportive and durable. For stomach and combination sleepers, mid-loft models under 5 inches tall are perfect.

Available in six sizes from standard to king, choosing the right size pillow also enhances comfort. Side and combination sleepers need queen size or larger to avoid having to move the pillow each time they change positions. Stomach sleepers often prefer smaller pillows that don’t interfere with arm positioning above the head.

Tips for Stomach Sleepers

If you can’t change your sleep posture, work with it — no mattress review would be complete without showing you how.

To avoid the pitfalls of stomach sleeping:

  • Choose a supportive bed made of sturdy materials — err on the side of firm.

  • Use a low- or medium-loft pillow to support your head while keeping your neck aligned.

  • A small pillow under your pelvis while you sleep takes pressure off your spine. Keep your legs straight. Raising one knee twists the vertebrae.

  • Stretching your neck and back before and after sleep helps keep muscles loose.

Final Thoughts

Sleeping on your stomach isn’t a medical disorder, but it could result in one if you’re sleeping on the wrong bed. We hope our mattress review has helped you understand the pros and cons of stomach sleeping and how to minimize its adverse effects on your body with the right mattress. Sleep well and prosper.