Choosing the Best Stomach Sleeper Pillow
March 12, 2013 • By
Are you among the 16% of Americans that sleeps on your stomach? Most sleep experts will tell you to try acclimating to another sleep position. Sleeping on your stomach can cause your head and back to be pushed upward at an uncomfortable angle. In addition, you’ll have to keep your head constricted to one side or the other all night (breathing into your pillow is no fun, after all). The unnatural positions your head, neck and back are contorted into can cause aches and pains, particularly as we age.
While on your stomach, it’s very difficult to maintain a neutral sleeping position that allows your spine and neck to be aligned.
Stomach sleeping causes increased pressure on joints and muscles which can cause uneccessary soreness or numbness. Sleeping on your stomach can even cause wrinkles and saggy breasts!
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 content on your stomach, then make the most it.
What Can a Stomach Sleeper Do to Get Better Rest?
A very simple technique that works for some: try sleeping with no pillow at all. This will achieve something close to a neutral sleeping position, keeping your spine parallel to the mattress.
If that doesn’t feel right (and to most it will not), 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 “low loft” stomach sleeper pillows. Most of these are quite simply 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.
Being that your exhaled breath is directed downward into your pillow, it’s helpful to use a pillow type that doesn’t retain heat. Down or foam pillow fill can get pretty toasty if you’re blowing hot air into it all night.
What’s the Best Stomach Sleeper Pillow?
Your best bet is always going to be a thinner, low loft pillow type. More specifically, you’re best off with a pillow that allows its fill to be added or removed. That will allow you to fine tune it to your preferences.
We of course, recommend buckwheat pillows for stomach sleepers; they’re malleable, adjustable and stay cool thanks to their unique fill. Other alternatives are:
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 new 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.