Choosing the Best Stomach Sleeper Pillow
March 12, 2013 • By Ryan
Are you among the 16% of Americans that sleeps on your stomach? Any doctor or sleep expert will tell you to try acclimating yourself to another sleep position. Sleeping on your stomach will cause your head to be pushed upward at an unnatural and uncomfortable angle. While on your stomach, it’s very difficult to maintain a neutral sleeping position that allows your spine and neck to be aligned. In addition, there is increased pressure on joints and muscles which can also cause soreness or numbness. As a result, you’re much more likely to experience sleep-related discomfort and pain than someone who’s on their back or side. I was surprised to find when doing research for this post that sleeping on your stomach can even cause wrinkles and saggy breasts! Who knew? The list of terrible consequences goes on and on.
You should try to sleep in another position if it’s possible. That said, we sleep the way we do because that’s what is comfortable. If you’re intent on staying on your stomach, then make the most it.
What Can a Stomach Sleeper Do to Get Better Rest?
A very simple solution is to try sleeping with no pillow at all. Give it a try. This will achieve something close to a neutral sleeping position, although your neck will obviously always be turned at a 90 degree angle because there’s no escaping the fact that you need to be able to breathe! I don’t recommend cutting face holes in your mattress, but maybe one of those massage tables would look nice in your bedroom.
If it doesn’t feel right sans pillow, then you’ll want to find a pillow that has a low profile so that it doesn’t elevate your head too high. Some pillow manufacturers have specially designed stomach sleeper pillows. Most of these are quite simply just thin pillows, but some others offer wild features like special arm tunnels. The unique designs should be judged with skepticism; try these before you buy if possible.
What’s the Best Stomach Sleeper Pillow?
My recommendation is that you try a pillow that allows the fill to be added or removed to adjust the profile and amount of support. Buckwheat pillows work great for stomach sleepers; most high-quality ones have zippered shells for adjusting the amount of buckwheat hull fill. Read more: Sleeping Position and Buckwheat Pillows
If you’re intent on staying on your stomach, then make the most it. First try sleeping with no pillow and if that doesn’t work out, do some deliberate and careful shopping for a stomach sleeper pillow. The best stomach sleeper pillow will provide you sufficient support for both your head and neck without elevating it too much. Above all, it’ll simply be comfortable.