We stomach sleepers have it rough. We’re constantly taking heat from scientists and doctors about the negative impact of stomach sleeping. Sure, stomach sleeping, or sleeping in the prone position, isn’t great for your body. You may have already heard your neck is in a bad position and you’re promoting wrinkles on your face, so you should try side sleeping. However, at the end of the day, the only thing we want is to fall asleep and stay asleep. We have enough pressure at work and home; we don’t need to be pressured to change the position we’ve slept in our whole lives, too.
Maybe it sounds dramatic, but every stomach sleeper knows the struggle of finding a pillow that works for them. In fact, many physicians recommend stomach sleepers ditch the pillow altogether and lay completely flat on the mattress. Side sleepers have always had their pick of luxurious pillows and back sleepers have an incredible array of pillow options, as well, so why not stomach sleepers?
Luckily, this is changing. Retailers are finally getting it: stomach sleepers need high-quality pillows, too, and ones that decrease strain on our spine and neck. Even if we refuse to give in to pressure to switch from our stomach to our side while we sleep, we should still treat our bodies to pillows designed with us in mind. Think about it; while sleeping on your stomach, your face is turned to the side. If you have a pillow with too high a loft, your head is both turned to the side and tilted toward the ceiling, throwing your spine out of alignment and leaving you open to neck problems down the line. Plus, because you’re sleeping face-down, you’re more likely to get hot at night. You’re a sophisticated sleeper, and you shouldn’t have to settle on a pillow that wasn’t designed for you.
Down pillows, though expensive, are great for stomach sleepers because they’re soft and allow you to sink in. This pillow features a 525 fill power, which is less than the traditional 600 fill power, making it perfect for stomach sleepers specifically. If you prefer a softer pillow that makes you feel like your head and neck are being cradled, eLuxurySupply’s down pillow may be right for you. If you exclusively sleep on your stomach, this is a great choice as well, but hybrid sleepers who switch to their back or side will need a firmer pillow with a higher loft to sleep through the night painlessly.
This luxury option may be more expensive than pillows you’ve used before, but you can’t put a price on a good night’s rest. When you wake up well-rested with less back and neck pain, that higher price tag will be well worth it. Plus, we stomach sleepers need all the extra support we can get, so don’t skimp on your pillow.
This pillow may look different from what you’re used to, but it was uniquely designed for us stomach sleepers. Elite Rest’s Ultra Slim Sleeper has a loft of just 2.5 inches and has one curved side and one square side. If you’re a hybrid sleeper and sometimes switch to your back, that domed design is good news. Side sleepers, on the other hand, likely need a higher loft, so it might be best to get two pillows: one for stomach-sleeping you, one for side-sleeping you.
If you want to feel like you’re sinking into your bed when you lay down at night, the Elite Rest Sleeper uses soft, hypoallergenic memory foam. This aligns your spine and cushions your neck, alleviating any pinching or soreness. If you prefer gentle support or like to sleep with an arm under your pillow, start here. Just keep in mind that this pillow is a little different pillows you’re probably used to, and may take some time to adjust to.
This bamboo and polyester pillow by Belly Sleep works for stomach sleepers both in name and in function. With all the features of your typical stomach-sleeper pillow, like a low loft and balance between soft and firm, it checks the boxes we stomach sleepers need. But it also has cooling gel technology inside the pillow, which ensures you won’t get hot like many stomach sleepers do. This pillow also has curved edges to reduce the strain you put on your neck and spine, keeping your head and neck supported. If you often wake up feeling like your spine has been pinched all night, this pillow might be the solution you’re looking for.
Xtreme Comforts offers a bargain shredded memory foam option, boasting unmatched versatility and cooling power. However, the Xtreme Comforts Slim Hypoallergenic Shredded Memory Foam Standard is plusher than the other choices on this list, with a loft of 3.5 to 5 inches. This makes it a happy medium between a traditional pillow and a super slim option. Because you’ll sink slightly into it thanks to the memory foam technology, there’s no need to feel afraid of that 5-inch loft.
The pillow is made with Deluxe Premium Quality CertiPUR-US Certified Foam. That means this pillow is unlikely to go flat. And even though it’s made with memory foam, you can safely throw this pillow in the washing machine, adding to its durability and long-lasting appeal.
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