Sleeping on your stomach, otherwise known as the freefall position, is a relatively uncommon sleeping style. Significantly more Americans sleep on their sides, either in the fetal or log position, which has resulted in an array of products made especially for side sleepers. Stomach sleepers haven’t been so lucky in the pillow department — at least, until now.
With a renewed interest in the sleep space and more innovative companies joining the industry, we’ve seen incredible products for stomach sleepers emerge in recent years. In particular, pillows designed for stomach sleepers are gaining in popularity. These pillows are distinguished by their thin yet supportive design, which allows the head to sink into the pillow to promote spinal alignment. A stomach sleeper pillow is also usually cooler and made of more breathable materials since the user will be facing down throughout the night.
If you’ve woken up recently with shoulder or neck pain, chances are your pillow is meant for back or side sleepers. If the loft is too high, it could be causing undue strain on your neck and spine. For a better night’s sleep and more pain-free mornings, it’s probably time to invest in a product designed specifically for your sleeping style. We’ve rounded up our five favorite pillows made for stomach sleepers based on product reviews, price point, and materials.
One of the downfalls of memory foam pillows is that as your head sinks into it, it can become overly warm and even uncomfortable. Bluewave Bedding tries to solve this problem with their Ultra Slim Gel-Infused Memory Foam Pillow. The pillow is made of foam infused with gel particles to alleviate excessive heat build-up. It’s also designed with ventilation holes to increase airflow. Like the Elite Rest pillow, this product is 2.5 inches in height, though you can also buy it with a 3.25-inch or 4-inch loft. It also comes with one flat and one curved side.
Some reviews note that this pillow is slightly firmer than others on the market. If you like the feeling of floating across the top of your pillow rather than sinking into it, this could be good news. It could also be placed under your hips if you want to take stress off of your lower back. The Ultra Slim Gel-Infused Pillow is currently listed at $13 off the regular price of $60.
If you haven’t seen a pillow designed for stomach sleepers before, the Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper might surprise you. It’s super thin at just 2.5 inches thick, meaning it looks drastically different than a regular pillow. One side is completely flat, while the other is domed, giving you options if you’ve never tried a slim pillow before.
Made with hypoallergenic memory foam, the Elite Rest Sleeper lets you sink even deeper into it. This serves to align your spine and cushion your neck. If you’re the kind of sleeper that wants gentle support or who likes to sleep with your arm under the pillow, look no further. But be aware that this is a sleeping experience that takes some getting used to.
Unlike a traditional memory foam pillow, which is made of a single piece of foam, shredded memory foam pillows are filled with many small pieces of material. Because of this, these pillows can be manipulated into whatever shape you like. They can feel quite similar to a down pillow, only thinner, making them good options for stomach sleepers who like to play with and manipulate what they rest their heads on. The individual memory foam bits also allow better airflow than standard memory foam options and combines with the Bamboo Polyester Blend Fabric cover to create a super cool, breathable product.
Extra comfort comes at a cost, however, which is why the Coop Home Goods Shredded Memory Foam Pillow is the most expensive on our list. But for the extra few dollars, it’s probably worth it.
A slightly less expensive shredded memory foam option comes from Xtreme Comforts, which boasts the same benefits as the Coop Home Goods pillow when it comes to versatility and cooling. However, the Xtreme Comforts Slim Hypoallergenic Shredded Memory Foam Standard is more plush, 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.
The pillow is made with Deluxe Premium Quality CertiPUR-US Certified Foam, which the company promises will never go flat. And despite the use of memory foam, this entire pillow is washable — adding to its durability and long-lasting appeal.