Sleeping on your stomach is like falling asleep while hugging your bed—and after a long day of tasks and to-do lists, a big bed hug sounds like a dream. However, that sleepy snuggle might be doing you more harm than good, especially if you don’t have the best type of mattress for stomach sleepers.
The stomach sleeping position might feel comfortable when bedtime rolls around, but it can be quite hard on your body in the long run. Some of the health risks associated with this sleeping position include back strain, spinal alignment strain, and even neck problems like herniated discs.1
We know it’s not easy to change your sleep position if you are a belly sleeper, but the good news is that you can alleviate some of these issues by upgrading your mattress to one that provides adequate support. So, let’s talk about the best type of mattress for stomach sleepers.
Our selection of mattresses provide stomach sleepers with the support they need to prevent issues from their preferred sleeping position.
Though it might seem like a cozy position, stomach sleeping gets a big thumbs down from the health community. Medical professionals caution against the belly sleeper position because of the unnecessary strain it can place on the spine, back, and neck.2
That strain can cause a ripple effect across your health if you don’t have a supportive mattress and create other issues, such as:
There are a few simple tricks you can use that might help you improve your stomach-sleeping inclination, like sleeping with a pillow under your waist or not using one under your head.
But in the end, it all comes down to your mattress type. So, for stomach sleepers, the right type of mattress is one that keeps your body in proper alignment.
As a stomach sleeper, you might be wondering if memory foam mattresses are good for you.
But the answer is not so simple as yes or no.
Memory foam mattresses (like Casper’s Original mattress™) can offer certain benefits to stomach sleepers. For instance, because of their plush design, memory foam mattresses can provide some support to stomach sleepers by conforming to their shape and weight in that sleeping position. This can help relieve pressure on the spinal cord and cradle heavier parts of the body.
However, even though memory foam is a softer mattress choice, stomach sleepers may find that a little mattress firmness can go a long way to making bedtime more supportive of their long term health.
If you sleep on your stomach, you likely desire a soft mattress that offers the relief of memory foam, but you need a firm mattress with enough support to prevent the heavier parts of your body, like your hips and midsection, from sinking too deeply into the mattress.
In order to ensure proper spinal alignment, a firmer mattress with proper support is best for stomach sleepers.
It’s also important to consider weight when deciding on the right mattress for your stomach sleeping preference. Those who weigh more will benefit from a more firm mattress that can provide additional support in two crucial departments:
Luckily, for stomach sleepers far and wide, Casper offers a range of mattress options that can give you the support you need without making you feel like you’re sleeping on a hardwood floor. All of our mattresses are designed with the comfort and support of all kinds of sleepers in mind, but we’ve chosen a couple that are especially suited for stomach sleepers.
Our Casper Wave Hybrid mattress offers the best comfort of a foam mattress with the added support of springs. Designed with weight distribution in mind, it includes Zoned Support Pro, which offers ergonomic support for your whole body. This is designed to help with spinal alignment so you can sleep comfortably and wake up ache-free.
But it’s not only what’s underneath that counts. The Casper Wave Hybrid mattress is also topped with a comfort layer of foam, ensuring that you get to sleep as soon as you get into bed.
There’s nothing wrong with a classic, and our Casper Original mattress design proves it. Stomach sleepers will be hard-pressed to find a better combination of comfort and support than our Casper Original mattress, which is designed using two types of foam padding:
For stomach sleepers, side sleepers, and everyone in between, Casper has the mattress you’ve been dreaming of. While our Zoned Support designs make every inch of your bed a restful wonderland, our innovative AirScape® technology keeps your temperature regulated throughout the night. This means you stay supported, comfortable, and cool while you sleep, so that you can wake up feeling well-rested and rejuvenated.
Ready to give up on aches, pains, and restless sleep? Get a Casper mattress today.