HOW WE DECIDED
|Medically Reviewed by Dr. Gregory Minnis, DPT|
|Dr. Gregory Minnis is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedic manual therapy. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab, advanced assessment and treatment of running injuries, and advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine, and extremities. He loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing, and surfing.|
The Top Beds For Stomach Sleepers
- Best Memory Foam Mattress For Stomach Sleepers – Nectar
- Best Hybrid Innerspring Mattress – Leesa
- Best For Hot Sleepers – Purple
- Best For Lower Back Pain – Saatva
- Best Mattress For Side And Stomach Sleepers – DreamCloud
- Best Natural & Organic Mattress – Avocado Mattress
How in the world are you supposed to know exactly which type of mattress is right for you? There are literally dozens of brands and hundreds of models to choose from. You can shop in-store or online or even via Craigslist. How do you know you got the right bed and one that will last for the next 7+ years? Luckily you don’t need to worry about that since we’ve picked the beds for you.
The short answer is that you need to test the bed or at least have a very good idea of what you need in a mattress. We can’t really help you in terms of testing a new bed, but most online mattress brands do offer completely free shipping and returns alongside a 100-night (or more) trial period.
As for learning more about which type of bed you need, that we can help with. That said, we can’t tell you which bed to get, but we can give you some context and a few things to think about. Given that a new mattress is an investment (that you’ll use nearly every night for years), you should do your research and think intently about whether this is the exact bed you need. Don’t settle. Now, with that in mind, here’s more info about our picks for the best beds for stomach sleepers.
What’s Best For A Stomach Sleeper?
Keep in mind that this is a generalization, but chances are that it applies to you. Stomach sleepers, like back sleepers, tend to go with firmer mattresses. We are not doctors, but we did consult with a chiropractor to produce this, and other, reviews. You want to make sure that you keep proper spinal alignment by avoiding any excess sag under your hips where most people carry the bulk of their weight.
As we mentioned before, firmness is a subjective point, so if you’re very heavy, you might prefer (and require) a firm hybrid mattress. If you’re petite—like one of our team members who is only 100 lb—you can pretty much get by with any mattress as long as you feel supported enough.
Keep in mind that all mattresses soften over time, so the bed that you try out on day one will feel a little different than the one at day 365. Therefore, it might be best to try a slightly firmer bed than you want, simply because it will soften as you continue to sleep on it. And if you want to expedite that break-in process, you can walk on the bed each day for about a minute. That will help to evenly soften the bed and create a more realistic feel for you.
Keep in mind that if you’re suffering from lower back pain you will want to pay special attention to getting a really supportive bed, and probably even a firm mattress. You’d rather have that bed start firm than soft because it’s only getting softer. Not only that, but back pain often necessitates a highly supportive bed, which is why we’ve selected several hybrid and innerspring mattresses for this list.
Nectar – Best Memory Foam Mattress For Stomach Sleepers
Nectar is our pick for the best memory foam mattress for stomach sleepers. Not only that, but it happens to be among the top three most popular memory foam beds online, full stop. That’s partly because it’s really affordable and partly because it’s just a nice mattress (if you happen to really like memory foam).
It’s more of a dense memory foam that cradles your body, but is also fairly supportive for people that weigh under about 230 lbs. It wouldn’t be our favorite strict side sleeping, however, we do think it will be a viable option for side and stomach sleepers. It’s pretty much as the right firmness level to accommodate several sleeping positions.
Other things that you should know are that it has almost zero motion transfer (that’s a good thing) and it typically comes with two free pillows. It also happens to be wildly popular among college students, young professionals, and people that like memory foam, but don’t want to worry about testing a new bed in-store. And to boot, it comes with a 365-night risk-free trial and a “Forever” warranty.
Nectar is also known for including two free pillows with each mattress purchase so that’s a nice added benefit. Last time we checked, Nectar had an MSRP of around $800 for the queen.
Leesa – Best Hybrid Innerspring Mattress
Leesa is one of the most well-known online mattress brands. And for good reason—they make a couple of really great mattresses. For this list, we’ve selected Leesa Hybrid as our best mattress for stomach sleepers with back pain. That said, both of their beds (the flagship Leesa mattress and Leesa Legend) are very comfortable and have a soft, neutral-foam feel, which seems to please a wide variety of sleepers.
Construction of Leesa Original and Leesa Hybrid is largely the same, except that Leesa has a poly foam support core and LH uses pocketed coils. As such, Leesa is more affordable, but Leesa Hybrid is more supportive and bouncy. It just comes down to personal preference and budget.
Either way, the beds are in the medium to medium-firm range—making them ideal for stomach sleepers—and have a flat top so there are no ridges or bumps that get in your way. We see Leesa and Leesa Hybrid as being safe picks. They don’t have a highly unique feel nor are they over complicated in terms of construction, but we see that as a good thing for a lot of people.
You can easily rotate between positions on Leesa Hybrid as well. So, for example, if you’re a side and stomach sleeper, the bed suit you perfectly. And because it has those coils, it should be plenty supportive to help with all sorts of back pain.
As far as price, you’re looking at about $1,400-$1,500 for a queen size after discounts, which is not cheap, but not crazy either. A lot of premium hybrid mattresses online fall in the same price range.
Purple – Best For Hot Sleepers
You have four beds to choose from with Purple, but the best place to start is with the base Purple Hybrid mattress, which is the firmest bed that they make. Regardless of which bed you select, however, it will have a totally unique feel since the top layer is not a foam. Rather, Purple uses a special material that was patented by the founders of the company. It’s called Hyper-Elastic Polymer and here’s what it looks like:
You wouldn’t think that Hyper-Elastic Polymer would work as the primary comfort layer for a mattress, but it absolutely does—if you’re open to something new. It feels like a gel material and it’s highly responsive, yet quite supportive. You can learn more about Hyper-Elastic Polymer on Purple’s website.
The big reason we selected Purple for this list, however, is that not only are the beds supportive, but also they’re an almost unbeatable option for hot sleepers. Given that the comfort layer is designed in a grid format, it naturally forms little pockets for air to sit in. The beds will have dozens of these little air pockets throughout and will help to keep the sleeping surface at a neutral temperature.
Saatva – Best For Lower Back Pain
Saatva is the original luxury mattress sold online. The bed not only looks a cut above most bed-in-a-box mattresses, but also is extremely well made. It actually has two layers of coils for support and is offered in three different firmness levels (Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm).
For stomach and back sleepers, we’d say look into the Luxury Firm or Firm models. These two beds offer tons of support for back pain, but also a firmer surface that stomach sleepers should really enjoy.
For side and stomach sleepers, the Plush Soft and Luxury Firm models are the two that you should explore further. If you’re more of a side and stomach sleeper—meaning you sleep mostly on your side—the Plush Soft makes more sense probably. It’s not overly soft by the way. If you’re a stomach and side sleeper that favors your stomach at night, the Luxury Firm is our first recommendation.
Saatva even comes with free white glove delivery (and optional mattress removal), which means a local delivery company will bring the mattress by and set it up for you. This is particularly helpful if you’re in a high rise building or aren’t fit to set up your new bed.
The only real downside with Saatva is that they charge a $99 return fee if you decide that you don’t want the bed. That just goes to cover costs associated with transit. Even so, we think Saatva is a great value if you consider that it’s a luxury mattress selling for around $1,300 (queen size).
All in all, we just can’t imagine anyone disliking Saatva, so long as you want a more traditional innerspring feel. We expect that for many stomach sleepers, it is indeed the best mattress online.
DreamCloud – Best Mattress For Side And Stomach Sleepers
Before we discuss DreamCloud, let’s cover why your weight is important. Typically, the larger you are and the more you weigh, the more you’ll sink into the bed and the softer the bed will feel. On the other hand, the smaller you are, the more you’ll lay on top of the bed and the firmer it will feel.
With that in mind, DreamCloud comes in at about a medium+ on our scale. It’s therefore ideally suited for all different types of sleepers, including side and stomach sleepers.
It has support coils and memory foam comfort layers, but overall the bed does not have that traditional TempurPedic memory foam feel. It really just feels like you’re laying on a supportive bed with a memory foam pillow top. We contend that the majority of people out there will find DreamCloud to be comfortable, especially if you take a peak at the price tag.
Despite being affordable, DreamCloud still comes with free shipping, a 12-month trial window, free return options, and an “everlong” warranty.
Avocado Mattress – Best Natural & Organic Mattress
Avocado is an underrated mattress. It’s supportive, durable, comfortable, and (unfortunately) largely overlooked by most mattress shoppers.
This is a latex and coil mattress, which means it’s responsive and bouncy, but also ideal for stomach sleepers. They even allow you two options for the bed (i.e. with and without a pillow top).
For stomachs sleepers, you can choose either version, but the pillow top one is the most popular because even though it’s firm, it’s not too firm—it actually sits at about a medium-firm. We think Avocado is a really comfortable bed. If you do end up with the pillow top, we think it would be among the best mattresses for stomach and side sleepers. You can freely rotate sleeping positions and the pillow top helps to add comfort and support.
And since it is using coils and latex foam—and happens to be firmer—the bed does a great job of regulating temperature. The only real downside that we could find is that it’s a little more expensive than your typical online mattress. Even so, it comes with a 365-night trial, free return option, and 25-year warranty.
While Avocado is not cheap (nor should it be), the company does offer discounts and deals from time to time. Typically, we see them offer $100 off or something along those lines. You can check the green discount box above to see today’s offers.
Selecting A Bed For Side And Stomach
If you tend to rotate between sleeping positions—specifically you’re a side and stomach sleeper—you will want a bed that’s on the firmer side, but not too firm. Why do we say this? Well, assuming that your dominant position is stomach sleeping, you will want to plan for that reality first. Next, you will want a bed that’s just soft enough to accommodate when you switch to side sleeping. There’s no exact science to this, but if you’re a side and stomach sleeper chances are you’ll be happiest in the medium firm mattress range—but not overly firm.
If You’re A Back And Stomach Sleeper
We’ve already discussed side and stomach sleepers, but what if you only switch between your back and stomach? The answer here is fairly straight forward—you need a firm mattress. Again, it’s probably advisable to not go too firm, but you want to be in the firm mattress range. We would say that you do not want anything softer than a medium. The easiest place to start is with medium firm mattresses like many of the options we’ve included in this list. Luckily for you, however, since you’re just rotating between back and stomach sleeping you can typically go even firmer if you want, so you really do have a wide range from which to choose.
Your Body Composition Matters
We try to always add this section in whenever we review mattresses. It’s very important than you consider your body type before buying a mattress. People with different heights and weights will have dramatically different stomach sleeping experiences on the same mattress.
Lightweight sleepers: Sleepers who are much leaner than average will find many mattresses are firmer than they’re advertised to be. As a stomach sleeper, that gives you a lot more options. Someone who is 5’6” and 110 pounds, for instance, can find even a soft memory foam to be firm and supportive enough.
Average weight sleepers: If you are of average weight for your height, latex foams and some memory foams will be firm enough to support your lower back. You may also want to dive into the world of hybrid mattresses, which offer pocketed coils for added durability.
Heavy sleepers: If you’re heavier, you’re more inclined to think a bed is softer and sleeps hotter than a petite or average sized person. You’ll need a far more supportive mattress, regardless of whether you’re a stomach, back, or side sleeper. We generally recommend hybrid mattresses simply because they tend to outlast their all-foam brethren, especially if you’re heavier, and coils are better for lower back pain. Some all-foam beds, such as GhostBed Luxe, that are quite durable and thick, so they’d be a viable option for someone over 225 lb.
How to Change Sleeping Positions
As we mentioned above, sleeping on your stomach can lead to lower back and neck pain. And WebMD agrees. If this sounds familiar, you may want to train yourself to sleep in another position. Sleeping in the fetal position, for instance, allows your spin to maintain natural alignment. Sleeping on your back can also bring about some back pain, but it’s easier to mitigate it with support pillows than it is when you sleep on your stomach. Sleeping on you back keeps your spine in a neutral position, and if you add a pillow for head elevation — you may also be able to rid your nightly heartburn goodbye.
You’re used to sleeping on your stomach. We get it. And training your asleep brain to do something different takes time. The biggest secret to changing your sleeping position is by switching up your pillow game.
By surrounding yourself with the right body pillows (or a wedge pillow, if you want to sleep on your back) you can slowly train your body into a new go-to sleep orientation. Get comfortable on your side or back and make sure to reorient yourself if you wake up at night on your stomach again.
Plan on allowing more time to fall asleep in the early days of your transition; it may take longer to doze off at first. The good news is that the best mattresses for stomach sleeping are also firm enough to handle a back sleeper, and side sleepers can add a topper as needed for a little more cushion.
Important Accessories For Stomach Sleepers
- Helix pillow: This pillow is adjustable, so you can take out the fill until it’s flat enough for a stomach sleeper.
- Casper pillow: This pillow is quite fluffy, but it can compress enough to keep stomach sleepers comfy.
- Layla mattress topper: Stomach sleepers can run hot with so much body surface against the mattress, and this topper is cooling and moisture wicking for your comfort.
Stomach Sleepers That Have Lower Back Pain
Stomach sleepers are a bit tougher to deal with when it comes to low back pain. In general, stomach sleeping is probably not the best position for keeping proper alignment. All of this really depends on how you sleep, but it’s really easy to get out of alignment when you sleep on your stomach. That said, if you’re dead-set on sleeping on your stomach, you will likely prefer a firmer mattress. You’re looking more at a medium, medium-firm, or a firm mattress for ample support.
And as a reminder, your weight heavily affects the level of support that you need. If you’re lighter, you can most likely get away with a thinner, softer bed since you don’t create much downward pressure. If you’re, say, 250 lb or more, you will need a much heftier mattress, probably one that utilizes innersprings or pocketed coils.
Ultimately, if you’re dealing with lower back pain, your bed can help, but there’s no guarantee that it will. Lower back pain is just a tricky thing and you should be consulting with your physician and/or chiropractor to get tailored advice on the subject. There’s a good chance that you’re mattress is just not supportive or firm enough to support stomach sleeping currently.
The Best Type Of Mattress For Stomach Sleepers
As you probably know, there are plenty of different types of mattresses from which you can choose. Since finding the right mattress for you is a subjective decision, there is not single best material to select. That said, in no particular order, below is a list of the best types of mattresses for stomach sleepers:
- Hybrid and coil
- Pillow top
- Foam mattress
- Tri-zone design
- Latex mattress
- High end air mattress
Memory Foam — As the name states, this type of mattress remembers your shape. It does a great job of cradling your body and conforms to your exact frame. Memory foam comes in various types, densities, thicknesses, and firmness levels, so there’s not a hard and fast rule for it. Typically, though, people either love or hate memory foam. It tends to give you a little of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling, which you may or may not like. In either case, memory foam tends to be fairly durable, but will soften over time and when exposed to heat (i.e. when you lay on the bed). It also tends to firm up during the colder months and soften during warmer months. Again, you might not care or you might hate it. You really need to try out a memory foam bed to form your own opinion. We’ve tested plenty of different types of memory foam mattresses that are supportive and comfortable, yet will be great for stomach sleepers in particular.
Latex Foam — Slightly lesser known, but still a good option for stomach sleepers. Latex mattresses tend to be responsive, making it easy for you to switch positions at night, but it can also feel spongy, which can bother some folks. It does, however, typically sleep much cooler than memory foam (and even gel memory foam).
Poly Foam — A lot of the budget beds out there will use poly foam. It’s not a bad option at all, considering memory foam starts out as poly foam. It’s typically responsive and comes in various thicknesses, densities, and firmness levels, as well.
Air — Not used on a lot of beds, but the advantage with this type of mattress is that it’s adjustable, which is very neat. Sleep Number is the biggest brand in the space and they make some really nice mattresses.
Water — Don’t get a water bed. Plus, a lot of apartments will require that you put down a water bed deposit, which isn’t fun. Needless to say, we aren’t huge fans of this type of mattress.
Hybrid Mattresses — You might see a traditional innerspring system or pocketed coils. Both tend to be very durable and responsive, but pocketed coils do a better job of localizing support and isolating motion. We’ve all experienced a bed that transfers motion like crazy. Every time you switch positions it disturbs your partner and visa versa. Pocketed coils help to prevent this because there’s no larger metal frame that connects the coils. For the record, you can get a coil mattress in basically any firmness level, ranging from super soft to hard as rock. Coil and hybrid beds tend to be better mattresses for heavier individuals and those suffering from lower back pain.
Proprietary Foams — These are always hard to judge, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the comfort of these various proprietary foams. Usually, they’re some combination of poly foam, latex foam, or memory foam, so they’re not completely unique, but still something worth looking into.
More About Online Mattresses
Most bed-in-a-box mattress companies have a lax return policy where you can essentially test their bed for 100 nights (if not more) to see if it’s the one that you’d like to keep. That’s your opportunity to see if it’s perfect for you, especially with regard to how your back feels and how supportive you expect it to be. Some of them will require that you sleep on the bed for a minimum of 30 nights in order to have your body adjust to it and let it soften up a bit. After those first 30 days, you can return it for free and get a full refund. Other online brands simply say if you don’t like it, you can return it at any time during that trial period.
Shopping for a mattress in-store doesn’t quite allot you that much freedom, although plenty of the stores have a trial period, as well. They just don’t usually offer free returns. And they’re typically not returns, as they require you exchange it, as opposed to getting your money back.
In either case, you should look into the warranty. From what we’ve seen, the typical mattress comes with a 10-year warranty that protects against manufacturing defects. These include cracking of materials, excessive sagging, and other issues unrelated to you physically damaging the bed. The companies aren’t looking to trick you. They just want to make certain that the issue is on their end, not yours. Additionally, they will make certain that you put it on a proper mattress frame or box spring, so read their FAQ section in order to follow the guidelines. Bottom line: Don’t settle for a warranty that’s shorter than 10 years and make sure your read it in its entirety.
How We Know All This Stuff
My Slumber Yard does a lot of research and consults with experts on the subject of spinal health and mattresses. On top of that, we have a team of individuals of varying weights, ages, etc., that grants us a unique perspective on how beds will feel to different people. Even more, we have individuals on our staff that sleep predominately on their stomach, which makes selecting our favorite bed for stomach sleeping a lot easier.
|AT A GLANCE||HEADLINE|
|AT A GLANCE Memory Foam||HEADLINE Nectar could be the most popular memory foam mattress online. It’s affordable, comfortable, and usually comes with free pillows.|
|AT A GLANCE Soft Foam||HEADLINE Leesa Hybrid features 6″ pocket coils and various soft foams. It’s a luxury mattress without the egregious price tag.|
|AT A GLANCE Unique||HEADLINE Purple Hybrid is a coil mattress that features a proprietary comfort layer called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It’s a unique mattress thats comfortable and great for hot sleepers.|
|AT A GLANCE Pillow Top||HEADLINE Saatva Classic is the original innerspring mattress online. It comes in three firmness options, all of which have coils for support and a fluffy pillow top.|
|AT A GLANCE Memory Foam||HEADLINE DreamCloud Premier is a memory foam hybrid mattress that comes with free shipping/returns and a full-year trial period.|
|AT A GLANCE Latex Foam||HEADLINE The Avocado Green Mattress is the most sought after natural/organic mattress online. It’s supportive, comfortable, and constructed with high quality materials.|
|What is the best type of mattress for stomach sleepers?||That is completely up to you, although we would suggest that you’ll prefer a firmer bed. In general, if you are sleeping on your stomach or back most of the night you will prefer a bed in the medium-firm to firm range. It doesn’t really matter what type of bed it is, so long as it’s supportive for you.|
|How firm should the bed be?||Most stomach sleepers will prefer a firm mattress that’s anywhere from a 6 to a 10 on the firmness scale.|
|Is a memory foam mattres good for stomach sleepers?||Dense memory foam can be good for stomach sleepers, but the best mattresses for stomach sleepers usually have at least some underlying innerspring coils. Coils offer firmer support and additional durability.|
|Do stomach sleepers need a firm mattress?||Yes, firm mattresses are recommended for stomach sleepers. A soft mattress allows the back and spine to sink in, creating an arch in your back that results in serious lower back pain.|
|What’s the worst way to sleep?||Unfortunately, many experts consider stomach sleeping to be the worst position. You can help yourself by placing a pillow beneath your hips to support your lower spine, and by using a thin pillow that aligns your neck to your spine instead of lifting it.|
|What if I rotate positions?||If you rotate between multiple positions regularly at night, you are what we call a “combination sleeper.” You will likely prefer beds that aren’t too soft or firm. For instance, side and stomach sleepers will most likely prefer a bed that’s around a medium or medium-firm.|
|What happens if I buy a bed online?||Most of the online mattresses out there come with free shipping and returns as well as a risk-free trial period. In other words, you can test the bed and if you don’t like it you can return it during the trial period for a full refund.|
|How much should I spend on a new mattress?||That is up to you, but we can say that the average online mattress, for a queen size, retails for about $1,000-$1,200. If you want a coil bed, it will likely be just a little more expensive. And if you want a latex bed, it will likely be a little more expensive than that.|