When you nod off to sleep, your body naturally gravitates toward the most comfortable position, whether it’s on your side, your back, or your stomach. Although snoozing on your stomach may help stop snoring, this sleep position places extra strain on your midsection, disturbing the neutral alignment of your spine.
If you sleep on your stomach, mattress support should be your number one concern. This is because your torso carries the majority of your weight. If you choose a bed that is too soft or sags in the center, this build-up of pressure can lead to chronic back pain and restless sleep.
At Wildcat Mattress, our Sleep Specialists are well-versed in some of the best mattresses for stomach sleepers, and can outline the various brands and models that may work for you. Our inventory features the latest collection of gel memory foam, hybrid, latex and innerspring beds from industry leaders like Aireloom, Restonic and Simmons.
There are some sleep positions that medical experts consider healthier than others. If you prefer to snooze on your belly, there’s some good news and bad news. Sleeping on your stomach puts additional strain on your spine and back, cautions the Mayo Clinic, making this sleep position one of the least recommended. Stomach sleepers tend to report increased tossing and turning and frequent sleep disruptions compared to side and back sleepers. And since belly sleepers have their heads turned awkwardly to one side, they frequently complain of neck pain. Moreover, this pose puts added pressure on muscles and joints which can trigger nerve irritation, numbness and tingling.
Now the good news: using a super thin pillow can help alleviate cervical pain, as the head and neck maintain a more neutral alignment. Stomach sleepers may also find relief by putting a small pillow beneath their pelvis to relieve pressure from the mid-section and lower back.
Whereas side sleepers fare well on a wide range of medium-firm mattresses, belly sleepers may find quality sleep a tad more elusive. Choosing the right mattress for stomach sleepers entails a Goldilocks approach – trying out several models until you find that ideal blend of support and comfort. Some sleep experts endorse firmer mattresses for belly sleepers, as a harder surface prevents the mid-section from sinking down and taking the spine out of alignment. Ideally, the mattress should be firm enough to lift the hips gently, while maintaining the natural curvature of the lumbar spine.
The best mattress for a stomach sleeper will have firm support yet still conform to the body’s curves. Some belly sleepers may find that today’s newer generation of memory foam mattresses fit the bill. Visco-elastic memory foam is temperature sensitive and immediately compresses with heat and pressure, providing elastic support that is much easier on the joints compared to innerspring mattresses. Another material that comes highly rated for stomach sleepers is natural latex. Talalay latex has a plush, pillowy feel that is wonderful for side sleepers, but not so great for the belly sleeper. However, Dunlop latex has a slightly firmer configuration, keeping stomach snoozers from sinking too far into the mattress.
Stomach sleepers who are in the market for a new bed are encouraged to begin their search with models that are rated medium-firm to firm, regardless of the material or brand. From there, it’s really about test-driving as many beds as possible and then narrowing down your options based on support overall feel and price point.
Stomach sleepers who are struggling to find the right mattress can count on the experienced and knowledgeable team at Wildcat Mattress. When you shop locally here in Kentucky, you are guaranteed the best service, the lowest prices in town, and individualized attention without gimmicks or hard sales.
We understand that mattress shopping is confusing; our Sleep Specialists take the mystery out of buying a new bed and are committed to helping customers get the restful sleep they deserve. We invite all stomach sleepers to visit our modern showroom for the best mattress deals in Lexington!