Here I’m going to talk about my four top pillows for stomach sleepers, but first, I want to share something with you.
Only seven percent of the adult American population are stomach sleepers.
That’s crazy. It seems like a small number, but I did the math. That’s roughly 23 million people. That’s still a lot of stomach sleepers out there.
I’m going to talk all about my four top pillows for you.
I’m going to talk a little bit about that sleeping position. I’m going to answer some commonly asked questions from stomach sleepers.
Let’s get into this lineup right now.
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The first pillow on the list is the Sleepgram Pillow. This is a three-in-one pillow design.
The outer cover of the pillow is 100 percent cotton. It’s that crisp cotton feel to it. There’s a zipper on the side that lets you open it up. That’s where you’re going to access two inner pillows.
All of these pillows have a special color coating on them because they’re all different firmness levels.
Stomach sleepers, you can decide what’s the right combo for you.
Maybe it’s only one inner pillow. Maybe it’s just the outer cover. You can figure out what’s going to be the right amount of soft, loft for you.
All of the pillows have a polyester microfiber filling, think down alternative, very soft and fluffy.
Everything can be machine-washed and dried, so it’s super easy to care for.
It’s hypoallergenic. It comes in two different sizes, standard and queen, and a king. Standard, be prepared to pay around $60 and king close to $65.
Next up on my list of best pillows for stomach sleepers is the Snuggle-Pedic Pillow.
The real name here is the Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Adjustable Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow.
It’s got a lot of really cool features going on.
Starting with the outside, super soft cover, viscose from bamboo, so breathable, soft fabric. Polyester and Lycra going on here, a little bit of stretch. You can remove the cover, which is great.
The inside filling is proprietary shredded memory foam.
Thing that sets the Snuggle-Pedic apart for stomach sleepers as compared to other shredded foam pillows is that the pieces are very small, almost crumbly. You’re getting a lot of support from a huge amount of shredded foam in here, but you’re not going to get the lumps.
Stomach sleepers, you all sleep with your side of your face against the pillow. You don’t want a bunch of lumpy foam in your face that’s not smoothed out.
You’re not going to have to worry about that with the Snuggle-Pedic. Plus, it’s adjustable which, of course, you got in the name of the title in case you didn’t notice. It has a zipper on the top. You can add or remove as much of that filling as you want.
Stomach sleepers, you all tend to need some of the flattest pillows out there. You can make it happen with this one.
It comes in three different sizes, standard, queen, and king. Expect to pay around $50 for the standard.
Iso-Cool Traditional Pillow
This is my go-to pick for those of you, stomach sleepers, who insist on having a solid foam pillow option.
This can be a hard pick for you all because you don’t want a lot of extra height or support that’s causing strain on your neck.
This pillow will give you exactly what you need. It’s not very tall, pretty thin. It has a plush foam center. Your head will sink into it, providing a lot of beautiful pressure-relieving support but not too much strain.
The outer cover is removable. You can wash it. It also has something called phase-change material in it. Basically, it absorbs your body heat at night and then releases it as needed to keep your body temperature neutral, so you’re not waking up overly hot at night.
Especially for those of you who want a solid foam pillow, sometimes those can sleep hot. This has great technology built in to help you sleep cool. It’s a perfect amount of plush feel to it and not too tall.
Stomach sleepers, I think you’re going to love this one.
It’s around $40 or $50, which is totally affordable.
Five Star Down Alternative Pillow
Last but certainly not least is one of my favorite affordable pillow options for stomach sleepers. This is the Five Star Down Alternative Pillow.
I’ll be the first to tell you, this one comes under a couple of different names.
You may see it under MasterTech’s because that’s the brand that makes this pillow, but they make a lot of other pillows and sleep accessories.
Make sure it says Down-Like Pillow or Five Star Down Alternative Pillow on there. You may actually see five different stars on the logo itself.
Don’t let the 1.5 inch gusset on the side of this pillow fool you. It is a very soft, fluffy pillow. The outer cover is really pretty, 100 percent cotton.
There’s this damask satin design and then satin piping on the edge. It does give it a nice high-end look even though it is a very affordable pillow.
The inside is 100 percent polyester microfiber. Down Alternative, down-like pillow is going to give you that soft fluffy feel, but your head is going to sink right on through that.
Stomach sleepers, I do think it will compress enough to be a good fit for you on your stomach.
It’s fully machine-washable and dryable. Just toss that whole thing in there. It’s awesome. It’s hypoallergenic so it’s great for those with sensitivities.
It also comes in a million different sizes. You got standard, queen, king, things like that.
There’s also Euro in there, so a variety of retailers you can checkout what sizes are available. For the standard size, I found it in just about $30, which is one of the most affordable pillows I’ve reviewed.
Is Stomach Sleeping Good?
It’s time to talk a little bit more about stomach sleeping as a sleep position and answer some commonly asked questions.
Unless you’re snoring, stomach sleeping is not going to be very beneficial to you.
Health experts don’t typically recommend you sleeping on your stomach. That has to do with
neutral head, neck, and spinal alignment.
When your body is in a neutral alignment, there are no tense areas, no joints or muscles being strained or pulled that’s going to cause you to wake up with discomfort during the night or sore and stiff in the morning.
You want your body to be in neutral spinal alignment whether you’re on your back, on your side, or on your stomach.
On your stomach, it’s truly just hard to achieve that neutral alignment because a lot of the weight on your body is centered around your stomach. When you’re sleeping on your stomach, gravity is pulling that down, causing your back to take more of that strain.
Plus, if you think about it, you all are sleeping with your head to the side on the pillow because, obviously, you need to breathe. You can’t be face-down in your pillow. That’s causing your neck to be out of alignment, too.
All that combination can lead to some disruptive sleep at night and why experts recommend, if you can, to move to your back or a side-sleeping position. Of course, some of you may be pregnant.
At some point, the bump is going too get to big and you’re not going to be able to sleep on your stomach anyway. At some point, you will need to move to your back, to your side.
If you’re pregnant or not, if you’re able to, try to transition from a stomach sleeping position to a back-sleeping position or side sleeping. It will be healthier on your body.
That being said, some of us are just committed to stomach sleeping. A lot of them want to know, “What’s going to be the best pillow for me for stomach sleeping?”
The best pillow is going to be one that is flat and soft. The flatter and softer, the better. You do not need much material to raise your head and neck off the pillow.
You want to maintain that neutral head, neck, and spinal alignment. You want something that’s going to support your head and neck but not raise it up where it’s adding extra strain.
The flatter and softer, the better.
Another question is “Are down pillows good for stomach sleepers?”
The answer is yes and a little bit no. The answer is definitely no if you have allergies. You’re going to want to go with the hypoallergenic version.
Down pillows tend to be some combination of down and feathers. Feathers are more supportive. Down is more soft.
If you’re going to get a down pillow and you’re a stomach sleeper, I would recommend one that does not come overstuffed, one that has more down than feathers, because it’s going to give you that softer feel and more for your head to sink into without that extra support that’s going to cause the strain.
The last question people have been asking is, “Where do you put a pillow when you’re a stomach sleeper?”
You’re going to want to get a flat and soft pillow to rest just under your head. Then to help alleviate any lower back pain, what you can do is get a second flat pillow and place it underneath your pelvis.
Therefore, you’re giving your body a little bit more support and taking a little bit of pressure off the strained lower back.
If you are committed to stomach sleeping, you may want to get two pillows.
The final tip I want to leave you all with has to do with pricing and trial periods.
There are so many different pillows out there that you can try and so many that are offering risk-free trial periods or extended refund policies.
What that means is try to look for pillows that offer 30, 60, 90 days to try out a pillow.
I’d even recommend 30 days at the bare minimum to try a pillow to make sure it’s the right fit for you, to give your body a chance to adjust the new design, the new material, all the differences from your previous pillow.
Then you’ll have a good idea if the pillow is going to be the right fit for you. You won’t be risking a big investment because these trial periods are so long.
If it’s possible, look for ones with great trial periods, then give them a shot.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.