Out of the three most popular sleeping positions – side, back and stomach, the stomach is the least recommended. Even the doctors discourage this position. Why is this so? Largely because it has the greatest negative impact on to the body. However, most people still find this position irresistible possibly due to the kind of work they do or perhaps a minor back injury that has left them with no other option but to sleep with the front or just simply because they are fond of sleeping with their stomach
Sleeping on one's stomach can cause potential health problems like indigestion, heartburn, neck and lower back pain. However, there is a remedy for this and this is choosing a very good stomach sleeper pillow if you fall into the category of stomach sleepers. There is one thing all stomach sleeper pillows have in common and that is they are very thin and built to reduce the curvature of the spine as you sleep.
Having the support can help to take pressure off of your digestive system while you are sleeping and help to prevent nerve damage, muscle cramps and back pain.
To choose the right pillow for a stomach sleeper the price, material, design and maintenance requirement need to be all considered but most importantly is the material and price since there is a general consensus that the best stomach sleeper pillows are thin by default and built to provide the best sleep angle for your neck and back
There are several different kinds of stomach sleeper pillows that are available. The major difference between them is the material that the pillow filling is made from. There are advantages to each stomach pillow material. The best material is going to mainly depend on what your own personal needs and preferences.
Foam: This is the most common choice for stomach sleepers because it is cheap and soft. Foam also molds to a persons body and can support different areas of the body. The downside is that it loses its shape over time discouraging longer use
Memory foam: This is the most popular and common material that is used in stomach sleeper pillows. Memory foam retains its shape very well over time, which makes it a great option for stomach sleeper pillows. They come in two variants – shredded and solid. There are also tips available to guide you when picking a memory foam
The most rigid support is provided by solid memory foams. They don't break or shift when you move around. However, for stomach sleepers they can be difficult unless the depth is just right since you cannot flatten or fluff a specific area to lay your face in while you are on your stomach.
Latex: Latex pillows are known to resist dust mite and mold. They are very firm and made to support every body part. Care should be taken when choosing a latex pillow if you are a stomach sleeper as they can be too stiff and are much more expensive than standard foam pillows
Fiber: Down or cotton fiber pillows have a tendency to be problematic for stomach sleepers because they are difficult to mold and adjust to the shape of your body, and may unexpectedly flatten during the night and need to be fluffed constantly in order to keep them in the proper positions. However, there are some cotton filled or down pillows that are specifically made for stomach sleeps and have been designed to solve the problem of head height and provide lots of options such as quality plush.
Water or Gel: Most of the water or gel filled pillow allow you to increase or reduce the amount of fill within the pillow, giving you control over how you want the pillow height to be
Many children sleep on their stomachs, so it is important to ensure they keep the proper nighttime neck and spine position to maintain good health. Adults may also use stomach sleeper pillows either for supporting their heads while they are lying on their stomachs while sleeping, or also for cradling their stomach or back.
A well-designed and properly proportioned stomach sleeper pillow also helps individuals who snore when they are lying on their stomach as well as avoid health problems that are associated with nighttime breathing difficulties.
It can also be very helpful for pregnant women to have the added support that a quality stomach sleeper pillow provides, even if they don't sleep on their stomachs. For women who usually do sleep on their stomachs, pregnancy can be difficult, since they can't really lie on their stomachs while pregnant.
A stomach sleeper pillow supports a woman's side so she can lie at an angle similar to stomach sleeping. The additional support under her cradles her belly and helps to keep her rolling completely on her stomach while sleeping.
~ Fully adjustable
~ 300 Thread count, 100% cotton outer case
~ Hypoallergenic microfiber filling
~ Perfect for different sleep postures
~ 30-day Money Back Guarantee
~ A bit pricey but quite understandable because it feels like buying six pillows in one
As its name suggests, the pancake pillow comes with six super soft inner pillow layers. All you need to do is to add or remove each layer to achieve the desired height . For a stomach sleeper most likely you would want to remove some layers to reduce the height and also reduce curvature between the neck and spine
The inner core of the pancake pillow is made of high quality hypoallergenic microfiber which allows free air flow and prevents heat accumulation. The soft 300-count cotton casing creates a dreamy feel for maximum comfort.
The Pancake pillow is a great pillow for stomach sleepers because of its flexibility. If it is within your budget, this is definitely a good buy.
~ Made in the USA
~ Fully adjustable
~Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant
~Initial odor from pillow
Great for stomach sleepers as the pillow is fully adjustable, thus you can take out as much fill materials to achieve the perfect height that would cradle your head and neck without pain. The inner fill material is shredded memory foam, Shredded memory foam allows you to mold pillow to fit your body.
The Kool-Flow bamboo cover of the memory foam is dust mite and anti-bacterial in nature to guarantee that clean and cozy rest.
Gives total control to the stomach sleeper as the pillow is fully adjustable.
~ Incredibly thin at 2.5 inches
~Perfect for stomach and back sleepers
~Hypo allergenic, anti-bacterial and antimicrobial
~Flat on bottom
~A little odor but goes away after a few hours out in the open
This pillow is incredibly thin with a height of 2.5 inches. The Ultra Slim Pillow is designed to keep your neck and head in perfect alignment with the spine to avoid muscle pain and pinched nerves. With this pillow your head is only inches above mattress making it very good for stomach sleepers.
The inner core of this pillow is made of memory foam that is mold, mild dew and moisture resistant while also being hypoallergenic at the same time. It is also interesting that the Ultra Slim Memory Foam Pillow comes with an easy to remove outer case made of machine washable cotton.
Perfect for stomach sleepers as it keeps the head at a perfect angle. This pillow is also affordable being in the price mid range
~ Height of 2.25-2.75 inches
~ 100% natural latex
~Hypoallergenic, anti-microbial, mildew resistant
~Cotton outer cover
~Some concerns about it's firmness
The Slim Sleeper pillow is designed primarily for stomach sleepers and also suitable for back and side sleepers. It is made of 100% natural latex with pin hole design to improve air flow and breathability
Natural latex by nature is hypoallergenic, anti-microbial and mildew resistant. The pillow comes in medium firmness to cradle your neck. The outer cotton cover is also easily machine washable
Great for those on a budget and also for you if you are comfortable with a latex pillow
~ Made in the USA
~Machine washable cover
~Might be temporary stiff but takes a short while to break in
The Extra Soft Down Pillow is designed for stomach sleepers. It's interior core is made of 80% down filling and 20% feather blend. This pillow is built to cradle your head and neck at a good angle eliminating any form of neck pain
The soft down filling allows free flow of air throughout the pillow ensuring you remain cool when your face is pressed against it. Being one the sought after pillows, it also has hypoallergenic properties and finally easy to maintain and clean as the outer cotton cover is machine washable.
This pillow offers great support and comfort especially for stomach sleepers with its thin nature. Side sleepers can also grab this pillow for that extra dreamy feel