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Some people are most comfortable sleeping on their stomachs. That’s fine—getting a good night’s sleep means being comfortable, in whatever position that means for you. Sleeping on your stomach can also help with snoring and sleep apnea, a serious condition that often goes undiagnosed, and can lead to serious long-term problems, including diabetes and heart attack.
That said, stomach sleeping (like sleeping on your side) puts unique stresses on the body. Most people don’t sleep face-down in a pillow; instead, they spend the night with their heads turned to the side, which can result in soreness and pain upon waking—it can even lead to jaw, neck, and back problems. Stomach sleeping can cause (or worsen) lower back pain for some people, as it disrupts the spine’s natural curvature. (If this is you, try a pillow under your belly to take the stress off of your back.)
Getting a good night’s sleep on your stomach, then, means having the right pillow. Stomach sleepers typically need thinner, less filled pillows that allow them to lay their heads flat without putting undue stress on the neck. (Cut-out pillows are another option, for the people who really don’t mind sleeping facedown.) Just like side sleepers, stomach sleepers should have a pillow that keeps the spine and neck in neutral alignment, which will prevent morning soreness and stiffness—and hopefully head off any longer-term problems.
Luckily, stomach sleepers have plenty of options when it comes to pillows. If you’re in the market to replace your old pillow—which you should probably do at least once a year, as a worn-out pillow provides less support, gets bogged down with dust mites, and can even give you acne—or upgrade your pillow game, we’ve selected some of the best choices for belly sleepers.
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Best Overall Pillow For Stomach Sleepers
Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper Firm Memory Foam Pillow
Belly sleepers usually need a pillow that’s thin but supportive, so it will keep the neck and spine in a neutral position throughout the night. The Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper does that with a slim form (at just 2.5 inches thick, it’s one of the thinnest pillows on the market) and a memory foam core. It’s flat and firm, cradling the sleeper’s neck as they sleep.
Best Down Pillow for Stomach Sleepers
Boll & Branch Down Pillow
The highly customizable Boll & Branch Down pillow comes in three densities (soft, medium, and firm) in a three-chambered shell that provides more support than your typical down pillow. As a bonus, the materials are ethically sourced, giving you another reason to sleep easy.
Best Down Alternative Pillow for Stomach Sleepers
SlumberCloud Core Down Alternative Pillow
The “soft” firmness version of SlumberCloud’s Core Cooling Down Alternative Pillow is an ideal choice for stomach sleepers, providing cushioning and support without being too bulky. The down-alternative fill makes for a fluffy feel, while the cooling cover helps provide a refreshing night’s rest.
Best Memory Foam Pillow for Stomach Sleepers
Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow
Filled with shredded memory foam, the Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow can be tailored for stomach sleepers. It’s comfortable, supportive, and customizable for every sleeping style.
Best Cooling Pillow for Stomach Sleepers
Nest Bedding Easy Breather Pillow
The Easy Breather is filled with shredded memory foam that’s adjustable for stomach sleepers—just pull out the filling you don’t need. The phase-change cover keeps the pillow cool all night, perfect for anyone who “sleeps hot.”
Best Pillow for Side and Stomach Sleepers
Purple Harmony Pillow
Purple’s Harmony pillow now comes in a low height that’s ideal for people who sleep on their stomachs (or backs), and it’s also a good fit for anyone who moves from their stomach to their side while sleeping. The core is a proprietary material that easily shapes to the sleeper’s head and neck, while a grid of air channels helps keep the pillow cool all night.
Best Value Pillow for Stomach Sleepers
Amazon Basics Down Alternative Bed Pillows 2-Pack
Thanks to Amazon’s corporate might, value shoppers can get a two-pack of down alternative pillows for less than $30. They’re unsurprisingly quite thin, but that works for anyone who sleeps prone.
Best Adjustable Pillow for Stomach Sleepers
Sleep Number ComfortFit™ Pillow Ultimate
Sleeping comfortably on your stomach requires a pillow that doesn’t stress your neck. The Sleep Number ComfortFit Pillow Ultimate features three removable inserts, so stomach sleepers can remove one or two to find that perfect height. The filling combines memory foam with a down alternative, and the cover is hypoallergenic.
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