If you’re a fellow stomach sleeper, you know the weird flak we get from scientists and doctors. Sure, stomach sleeping, or sleeping in the prone position, isn’t the best position to sleep in. Your neck is in a bad position, you’re promoting wrinkles on your face, so you should sleep on your side. However, at the end of the day, the No. 1 goal for everyone is to just fall asleep and stay that way. Daily pressures at work and at home are immense, we don’t need to be pressured to change the position we’ve slept in our whole lives, too.
So maybe we’re being dramatic, but every stomach sleeper knows the struggle of finding a pillow that’s right for stomach sleepers. In fact, many physicians recommend stomach sleepers ditch the pillow altogether for optimal spine alignment. Side sleepers have always had their pick of luxurious pillows and back sleepers have an incredible array of pillow options, so why not stomach sleepers?
Luckily, this is changing. Retailers are finally realizing that 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 pressures to switch from our stomach to 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 neck is both twisted and upturned, which can cause a lot of problems down the line. Plus, because you’re sleeping face-down, you’re more likely to sleep hot. You’re a sophisticated sleeper, and you shouldn’t have to settle on a pillow made for a side or back sleeper.
One of the downfalls of memory foam pillows is that as your face sinks into it, it can become overly warm and even uncomfortable. Bluewave Bedding tries to solve this problem with its Ultra Slim Gel-Infused Memory Foam Pillow. Gel particles are infused into the memory foam, keeping you cooler at night and stopping heat buildup. It also features a hole-punched design to encourage better air flow. Flip the pillow for a different experience, as one side is flat and the other is curved. You have a few options here; choose between a 2.5-, 3.25- or 4-inch loft. If you’re an unconventional stomach sleeper who likes a firmer pillow that keeps you from sinking in, this is a great choice for you.
This pillow may look unconventional, but it was designed specifically for us stomach sleepers. Elite Rest’s Ultra Slim Sleeper is just 2.5 inches thick and, like the Bluewave Bedding pillow, 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. However, side sleepers likely need a higher loft, so this is one to skip over.
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 serves to align your spine and cushion your neck. If you’re the kind of sleeper who wants gentle support or who likes to sleep with your arm under the pillow, start here. Just know this pillow is a bit of a departure from traditional pillows and may take some getting used to.
Belly Sleep has designed a bamboo and polyester pillow that 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. But it also has cooling gel technology inside the pillow to ensure the side of your face and neck don’t get hot when you’re sleeping on your cheek all night. This pillow also has curved edges to reduce the strain you put on your neck and spine, keeping your frame supported. If you’re waking up feeling like your spine has been pinched all night, this pillow might be the solution you’re looking for.
A slightly less expensive shredded memory foam option comes from Xtreme Comforts, which boasts 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, though you’ll still sink slightly into it thanks to the memory foam technology, so you won’t really feel that full 5-inch loft.
The pillow is made with Deluxe Premium Quality CertiPUR-US Certified Foam. Translation: Xtreme Comforts promises this pillow won’t ever go flat. And though it’s made with memory foam, this entire pillow is washable — adding to its durability and long-lasting appeal.
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