Ah, stomach sleepers. We know you enjoy your sleeping position but we can’t say we recommend it due to health concerns. Sleeping on your stomach can cause neck and lower back pain. It’s therefore super important that stomach sleepers have a mattress that is not too soft. We don’t want your hips sinking into it!
This is why we recommend a firmer mattress configuration so that stomach sleepers are both comfortable and supported. We want to keep your spine in alignment and with that, keep you from experiencing unnecessary pain. There is nothing pleasant about waking up in the morning with a stiff neck and an aching back.
Need Somewhere to Start?
Here are two configurations that may work for you if you are predominately a stomach sleeper.
A popular rearrangement of Soft-over-Medium-over-Firm Dunlop. Here, the Medium Dunlop provides a more supportive surface while leaving the option of switching the top two layers, if a softer surface is ever needed. (If additional support is needed, consider a middle layer of Medium or Firm Dunlop).
If you’re a stomach sleeper who enjoys a firm mattress, we recommend choosing either a Medium or Firm Dunlop latex over our Firm pocketed coils to create a supportive yet comfortable mattress.
As you can see, as a stomach sleeper, natural Dunlop latex will be your best friend. This is because Dunlop is firmer and will prevent stomach sleepers from sinking into the mattress. (Opting for Dunlop in our TranquilitySpring natural mattress is another good choice.)
While plenty of our customers love our natural Talalay latex as a top layer, we wouldn’t recommend this for stomach sleepers. Talalay has a pillowy feel that is great for side sleepers and even back sleepers, but isn’t usually ideal for stomach sleepers. The top layer is all about comfort and sinking too far into your mattress will not only be uncomfortable but it can interrupt your sleep and cause all sorts of problems in the morning.
The Moral of the Story
Avoid mattresses that are too soft and bouncy. They may feel perfectly fine at first but you’ll eventually feel stiff and sore. The firmer you can go while still feeling comfortable, the better.