Stomach sleeping is the least common sleeping position, and it comes with its own unique challenges and needs. As a result, we get plenty of emails asking about what mattresses are best for stomach sleepers.
While there are plenty of decent options available, we’ve highlighted our very top picks for stomach sleepers. These mattresses should give you the support you need when you are in this position.
We’ll also tell you what to look for when choosing a stomach sleeping mattress and give you some tips for getting comfortable in this position. Read on to find the right mattress for you.
The Allswell is a very affordable mattress that is also high-quality. It should also be supportive enough for most stomach sleepers.
The Helix mattresses are customizable, allowing you to find the perfect mattress for you. Stomach sleepers will find a mattress supportive enough for them.
Best For Combination Sleepers
The Casper features a Zoned Support system that is both supportive and comfortable. If you are a stomach sleeper but you sometimes switch positions at night, the Casper is a great option.
The Plank is a flippable mattress, and both sides are very firm. Stomach sleepers who need even more support will like the Plank.
The Zenhaven is an all-natural, latex mattress. It is also flippable, and the Gentle Firm side will be a good fit for stomach sleepers.
The Purple's Smart Comfort Gel Grid is supportive, comfortable, and durable. Stomach sleepers and combo sleepers should find this to be a good, long-term investment.
Best For Heavy People
The WinkBeds Plus is a mattress made specifically for larger people. Heavier stomach sleepers should get the support they need on the WinkBeds Plus.
Top Picks Compared
If you are looking for a stomach sleeping mattress, we’ve got you covered. Here are seven mattresses that should be a great match for stomach sleepers.
Whatever kind of mattress you are looking for, your budget is, of course, a major consideration. Even when you are shopping for bed-in-a-box mattresses, prices can range from $200 all the way up to $3,000.
The Allswell mattress is the most affordable mattress on this list. As of publication, a Queen-size Allswell costs less than $350! The Allswell actually comes from Walmart, so value is the name of the game. This is not a low-quality mattress that will fall apart in only a few years.
The Allswell contains individually-wrapped coils and open-celled memory foam. While the comfort layer is somewhat soft, it is very thin. This is something you want to look out for in a mattress for stomach sleepers. Usually, the thinner the comfort layer, the more supportive the mattress.
In my experience, the Allswell felt like a 7.5/10, firmer-than-average. Stomach sleeping on the Allswell, I feel more than enough support.
So, if you want a budget-friendly mattress for stomach sleeping, check out the Allswell.
What Makes The Allswell Stand Out?
- The mattress is affordably-priced and is also a great value.
- The Allswell has some of that classic innerspring feel.
- The mattress is firmer-than-average and should work for both stomach and back sleepers.
Read the full Allswell mattress review
There are a lot of mattresses out there, and companies make a lot of promises. If you want someone to take the decision making out of the equation, take a look at the Helix mattresses.
When you shop with Helix, you have two options. First, you can take a sleep quiz on their website. You will answer questions regarding your sleeping position, sleeping temperature, and other preferences. If you are a stomach sleeper, simply click that box, and Helix will send a more supportive mattress.
Second, you can choose from one of their “Firm Feel” models. The Helix Twilight and Helix Dawn are their two firmest mattresses and should offer enough support for stomach sleepers.
Couples who sleep in different positions are also going to like the Helix mattresses. You and your partner can customize each side of the mattress based on your preferences. So, if you sleep on your stomach, your side can be firmer. If your partner sleeps on their side, their side can be softer.
Stomach sleepers who want a mattress tailored to their specific needs will definitely enjoy the Helix.
What Makes The Helix Stand Out?
- You can find exactly the right fit for you with the Helix mattresses.
- The Helix mattresses feature coils that will allow air to flow through the mattress.
- Hot sleepers who want some extra cooling can opt for the Ultra Cool Cover.
Read the full Helix mattress review
Best For Combination Sleepers
Okay, so these mattresses are all great for stomach sleeping. However, what if you switch positions at night? What if you start sleeping on your stomach and then switch to your side or back during the night? In that case, the Casper mattress should work for you.
The Casper is a good match for combination sleepers because of its Zoned Support. Basically, the transition layer of the Casper is zoned so that the center of the mattress feels firmer than the rest. Because of this design, the Casper will feel firmer and more supportive for stomach sleepers and back sleepers. At the same time, you will feel less pressure when you are on your side.
The mattress is also going to be a good choice for those of you who sleep hot. All-foam mattresses, especially those that contain memory foam, are not always the best at sleeping cool. However, the Casper features open-celled foams that won’t trap as much heat as other types of foam.
If you sleep on your stomach but sometimes move onto your back or side while you are sleeping, the Casper is a great option.
What Makes The Casper Stand Out?
- The mattress has a balanced foam feel that is soft but also responsive.
- The Casper contains a transition layer with Zoned Support. This makes the mattress both supportive and comfortable.
- The open-celled foam is quite breathable, so the Casper should be a cooler-sleeping mattress.
- Casper offers other models like the Casper Hybrid, Wave, and Wave Hybrid.
Read the full Casper mattress review
Stomach sleepers are ordinarily better off choosing a firm mattress. This will ensure that you plenty of support on your hips and across your entire body.
Well, I have tried a lot of firm mattresses, and the Plank is the firmest of them all. The Plank actually is flippable. One side is firmer than average and feels like an 8/10. The other side is even firmer and feels like a 9/10. Both sides should be firm enough for most stomach sleepers. If you want even more support, you can go for the firm side.
The Plank also contains some very high-density foams. The mattress is very durable and should be a good long-term investment. That being said, the Plank is also priced under $1,000. The Plank comes from Brooklyn Bedding which owns its own factory. This allows them to price their quality mattresses very competitively.
If you want firmer than firm, and you also want a good deal, the Plank could be right up your alley.
What Makes The Plank Stand Out?
- The Plank is flippable and gives you two firmness options in one mattress.
- The firm side should work for those who want an extremely firm mattress.
- Hot sleepers can add a cooling panel to their Plank mattress.
- The Plank features high-quality materials but is sold for a value price.
Read the full Plank mattress review
The Plank is not the only flippable mattress on this list. Let’s take a look at the Zenhaven mattress. The Zenhaven also has two sides, and each side has a different firmness. However, both sides of the Zenhaven are softer than the Plank. The Luxury Plush side of the Zenhaven felt like a 6.5/10, and the Gentle Firm side felt like a 7/10. The firmnesses are quite similar.
Even though the Zenhaven is softer than the Plank, it is still a supportive mattress. The Zenhaven contains Talalay latex, a pliant but very supportive material. Both sides are supportive enough for when I am stomach sleeping. However, I think most stomach sleepers will prefer the Gentle Firm side.
The Zenhaven’s Talalay latex is also all-natural and organic. This makes the mattress hypoallergenic, toxin-free, and very eco-friendly.
Also, Talalay latex is a very durable material. The Zenhaven definitely isn’t the most affordable mattress on this list. However, it might be one of the longer-lasting mattresses on this list.
So, if you want some eco-friendly, durable, and great for stomach sleeping, the Zenhaven could be just what you are looking for.
What Makes The Zenhaven Stand Out?
- The Zenhaven is flippable and has a Luxury Plush and Gentle Firm side.
- The Gentle Firm side should be a great option for stomach sleepers.
- The mattress features all-natural Talalay latex which is very durable.
- Latex foam is a breathable material, so the Zenhaven should work for hot sleepers.
Read the full Zenhaven mattress review
The Purple mattress is going to be one of the most unique mattresses you will ever try. With memory foam, hybrid, or full innerspring mattress, you can expect a certain type of feel. With the Purple, the feel is going to be very different. That is because the Purple contains a proprietary Smart Comfort Grid. This is made from a hyper-elastic gel polymer which forms a gel grid.
The gel grid is going to feel flat and supportive at first. Then, when you apply enough pressure, that area of the mattress is going to collapse. However, it will just be that area. For instance, when you are on your back, the mattress will collapse under your butt. When you are on your side, the gel grid will collapse under your shoulders and hips, relieving pressure.
Since we’re talking about stomach sleeping, how does the Purple feel in that position? Well, it feels pretty great. When I am on my stomach, the gel grid does not collapse at all. I feel even support across my entire body, and my hips do not bow into the mattress.
The Purple is also going to be a very good value. It is not as affordable as some mattresses on this list, but it should be one of the longer-lasting options. When you factor that in, it is a good deal.
What Makes The Purple Stand Out?
- The Purple features a Smart Comfort Grid that is both comfortable and supportive.
- The gel grid is very durable and shouldn’t sag too quickly.
- The Purple should be almost completely temperature-neutral. The gel grid has a lot of space for air to flow through, and shouldn’t sleep hot.
Read the full Purple mattress review
Best For Heavy People
The support of a mattress can really depend on your weight. So, while a mattress could be a good fit for someone of my size (160 lbs), it might not be supportive enough for someone heavier. If you are a larger person and sleep on your stomach, don’t worry. The WinkBeds Plus should be right for you.
The WinkBeds Plus is actually made with larger people in mind. It is the firmest of the WinkBeds mattresses and contains very supportive coils as well as latex foam. Both the latex and coils are zoned which makes the center of the mattress firmer than the rest. This is similar to the Zoned Support system on the Casper.
This zoning in two layers makes the mattress more supportive for stomach sleeping. As Marten will comment on below, he got plenty of support on his hips and felt help up the mattress overall.
With its latex foam and individually-wrapped coils, the WinkBeds Plus is also a very durable mattress. Larger people can put more pressure on mattresses, causing the mattresses to break down more quickly. This should not be too much of an issue with the WinkBeds Plus.
What Makes The WinkBeds Plus Stand Out?
- The WinkBeds Plus is made to support much heavier weights.
- While it is a supportive mattress, the WinkBeds Plus also features a plush pillow top.
- The WinkBeds Plus should be a cooler-sleeping mattress.
- The mattress shouldn’t sag too quickly.
Read the full WinkBeds Plus review
If you are a heavier person, you want to find a mattress that is supportive enough for you. While I found all these mattresses to be supportive enough for someone of my size (5’9″ and 160 lbs), I wanted to get the perspective of a heavier person. That’s why I asked Marten (who is 6’7″ and 230 lbs) to give his take on these mattresses.
So, I am a larger person than Joe. My weight has been a big issue when I have tried to find a mattress for stomach sleeping. Stomach sleepers need a mattress to give them overall support. Heavier stomach sleepers need even more support because of their weight.
While it is difficult to find a mattress for heavier stomach sleepers, five of these mattresses were a good fit for me when I was on my stomach.
As Joe mentioned, I reviewed the WinkBeds Plus, a mattress made just for larger people. It is a very supportive mattress. It features zoning in its coil and latex layers. I feel extra support under my hips when I am stomach sleeping. Even if you are a much larger person, you should get enough support when you are on the WinkBeds Plus.
The Helix is a customizable mattress. You can also choose the Helix Nightfall if you are a larger person. The Nightfall is definitely supportive enough for me when I am stomach sleeping.
The Zenhaven is a flippable mattress. It contains high-density, latex foam. The firm side is a great match for a stomach sleeper of my size. My hips don’t bow in, and I am getting great overall support.
Then, we have the Plank, an extremely firm mattress. In fact, it is the firmest mattress I have ever tried. The firm side felt like a 9.5/10 to me, so my hips aren’t sinking into the mattress at all.
Finally, there’s the Purple. This mattress contains a hyper-elastic gel polymer that is very supportive until you apply enough concentrated pressure. So, when I am on my stomach, the mattress is flat and supportive under my entire body.
It is great to hear that so many of these mattresses were supportive enough for Marten to sleep on his stomach. Keep his recommendations in mind, if you are a larger stomach sleeper.
What To Consider When Choosing A Mattress
There are a few things you should look for when buying a mattress that is catered to stomach sleeping.
- The firmness of the mattress. The ideal firmness is something firmer than average but not something overly firm. If the mattress is too soft, your body can get into a curved shape. Getting out of alignment like that can lead to back pain, which is something you want to avoid. At the same time, you don’t want your mattress to be so firm that there’s excess pressure on your midsection. You may not be able to get comfortable and you may have trouble breathing properly.
- Your weight. How much you weigh can affect what type of mattress you should choose. If you are a lighter-weight stomach sleeper, a medium-firm mattress could work. (You don’t need something extra supportive if you are a lighter person.) Heavier-weight stomach sleepers, on the other hand, may require a very firm mattress. They need the extra support to ensure their hips don’t bow into the mattress.
- Your spinal alignment. One of the main things you should think about (no matter whether you are a side, back, or stomach sleeper) is the neutral alignment of your spine. When sleeping on your stomach, you want to make sure you aren’t sinking into the mattress at your hips. This can cause you to get of alignment, which can cause back pain and disrupt sleep.
- Your partner. If you share the bed with someone, you should consider their sleeping position when choosing a mattress. Some mattresses have a split design where you and your partner can each choose the proper firmness to fit your needs. You may also need to compromise if your significant other sleeps on their side. There are medium-firm mattresses that could fit both of your needs.
- The quality of the materials (especially in the comfort layer). If the mattress uses really low-density foams in the comfort layer, it will start to sag over time. Sagging can throw your body out of alignment and lead to back issues, so it’s something you want to avoid.
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Is It Bad To Sleep On Your Stomach?
If you sleep on your stomach, how does is it affect your body?
Even though this sleeping position may feel comfortable at first, there are a few ways it may be hurting you over the long term.
First, it is very difficult to keep your spine in alignment when you are lying on your stomach. Especially on a softer mattress, you run the risk of having your spine bow in at the hips. This can put extra pressure on your muscles, joints, and discs. Over time, this may lead to numbness, tingling, and back pain because the pressure may wear down the cartilage around your joints (so the joints will have less cushion around them).
Second, sleeping on your stomach can cause serious neck pain. When you are in this position, it forces your neck to rest at a strange angle. In order to breathe, you need to turn your neck 90 degrees to the left or right. If you are using a thicker pillow, your neck will be angled up, taking your spine further out of alignment. Because of this discomfort, it may make you sleep poorly. You will need to reposition many times throughout the night, and this can cause you to wake up over and over again.
That being said, stomach sleeping isn’t all bad. If you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, doctors may suggest you sleep in this position. It can open the airway and allow you to get the proper amount of oxygen. Also, if you deal with indigestion, heartburn, or other stomach issues, lying on your stomach could help with these issues.
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How To Sleep On Your Stomach
No matter the potential hazards of sleeping on your stomach, some people are very devoted to this sleeping position. If this is true for you, here are some ways you can sleep comfortably on your stomach while combatting some of the problems that can arise in this position.
- Sleep without a pillow. Ditching your pillow may go a long way in keeping your spine in alignment. You still need to turn your head to breathe, but your neck won’t be stretched up at an even more awkward angle.
- Put a pillow under your hips. Because sinking hips can be a major cause of discomfort when you sleep on your stomach, putting a small pillow under your hips can ensure your hips don’t bow into the mattress. This also decreases pressure on your lumbar area.
- Keep your legs down at a natural angle. Stomach sleeping is also known as the “freefall position,” because many people hitch their legs out to the side while lying on their stomachs. But this can cause the spine to get even more misaligned. For better spinal alignment, try to keep your legs down and straight or let them splay out just a bit.
A Note On Pillows
If you are going to sleep on your stomach and you still want to use a pillow, there are a few things to look for when choosing an appropriate pillow for stomach sleeping.
First, consider the thickness. The thicker the pillow, the more extreme the angle of your neck. Experts say that a pillow under 3″ could give you the soft comfort you need without stretching your neck.
Second, consider using an adjustable pillow. Pillows such as the Brentwood Home Helena allow you to manipulate the filling and choose the right thickness for you.
As noted above, you can also add a pillow under your hips to maintain proper spinal alignment. Placing a thin pillow under your head and a pillow under your hips could allow you to sleep comfortably and in alignment.
If you are a stomach sleeper, it may seem difficult to choose the right mattress. By taking this guide into account, you should be able to identify a good fit for you. There are a lot of great mattress options out there, and there are also ways to ensure you sleep comfortably without pain or misalignment.
Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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