Stomach Sleeper Pillow Guide: The best pillow for stomach sleepers
Just like a large percentage of Americans, I sleep on my stomach. Ever since I was born, I have been sleeping on my stomach. I’ve experienced neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and have poor sleeping habits all because of my stomach sleeping habits. Sleeping on your stomach will leave your head and your neck in an unnatural angle which ultimately causes neck strain. When your neck is afflicted, your back and your shoulders will also be affected. Your spine is not aligned when you sleep on your stomach and its difficult to keep a neutral spinal position when stomach sleeping. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve woken up stiff due to sleeping on my stomach. I then came across a stomach sleeper pillow, a pillow specifically for stomach sleepers.
I decided to try a stomach sleeping pillow and boy, I was beyond impressed. After a few weeks of using a stomach sleeping pillow, the stiffness, pain and cracking sensation in my neck was reduced, my lower back was not aching as much and my shoulder pain was pretty much gone. I was amazed at the results! Before exercising and hitting the gym, I use to dedicate 30 minutes of stretching before the workout to get loose. As of today, all I need is a 5-minute warm up and I am good to go. Transitioning from a traditional pillow to a stomach sleeper pillow was a night and day difference and it pretty much changed my life. I decided to put together a guide that breaks down stomach sleeping pillow types, sizes and more.
2017’s 5 Best Pillows For Stomach Sleepers
The Types of Stomach Sleeper Pillows
There are various types of stomach sleeping pillows that take the pressure off your stomach. Each stomach sleeper pillow is manufactured and constructed differently. Each of the 4 pillow types has their own set of pros and cons. The common differences found in each pillow type is price, comfort, and longevity. With that being said, a good quality pillow from either category will correct your neck, shoulder and back issues if you consistently sleep on your stomach.The pillow types are:
The Memory Foam Stomach sleeper pillows
Memory foam pillows are the most common pillow types for us stomach sleepers. Some of the best pillows I have ever used were memory foam pillows. The Memory foam pillow material is made up of “viscoelastic” polyurethane foaming or low-resilience polyurethane foam. Memory foam pillows are designed to mold and take on the sleeper’s body shape. A good quality memory foam pillow will offer ample support for the sleeper’s head, neck, shoulders, and back.
- Easily morphs into the sleepers bodyshape
- Offers good overall support for the sleeper
- Memory foam pillows are very soft
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Memory foam pillows tend to lose its shape as time goes on
- Memory foam pillows tend to be pricey
- A fixed height pillow may not suffice if the user moves around during sleep
If you’re looking for a pillow that morphs easily to your body while offering good support, the memory foam stomach sleeper pillows is a solid choice. That said, memory foam pillows are traditionally priced higher than some of the other pillow types and the pillow construction may not be right for you.
The Latex Stomach Sleeper Pillows
Latex Pillows have been increasing in popularity over the years. Latex is a natural polymer that is extracted and then made into a soft foam from the sap of the rubber tree. Often times, many pillow companies create blended latex pillows that contain synthetic latex. The 2 types of latex pillows are blended latex where the latex is synthetically manufactured and 100% natural latex where the latex has been extracted naturally.
- The natural pillow material will last a very long time
- Very cool and airy pillow
- Good at shaping itself accordingly to the user
- The pillow holds the users morphed shape for a long time
- Latex pillows can be very expensive
- Fairly heavy sized pillow
- Not the softest available pillow
- The pillow size must match the sleeper height
Some of the best-rated stomach sleeper pillows are constructed with the latex material. Latex pillows offer some of the best body support for the sleeper and shape amazingly well. That said, when selecting a latex based pillow, it’s important to choose a pillow type that matches your height.
Wool and cotton Stomach sleeper pillows
Wool and cotton have been used as pillows for a very long time and continue to be a very popular choice for stomach sleepers. They are readily available and can be found fairly easy. In terms of the pillows insides, wool and cotton are materials found in nature which makes the pillow %100 percent natural.
- Cheap and easily accessible
- Extremely breathable pillow that is firm
- The flattest type of pillow available
- Stays cool in the summer and hot in the winter
- Over time, these pillows tend to compress making it feel hard and lumpy
- The pillow is very heavy
- Does not morph into the user’s body easy
- Retains the environment’s moisture
Wool and cotton pillows are traditional types of pillows that are easy to use and are very easy to purchase too. However, the wool and cotton material becomes firm over time which loses the users morphed shaped. In terms of longevity, wool and cotton pillow have a short life span due the pillow becoming firmer and firmer as time passes by.
Down & Feather Stomach Sleeper Pillows
One of the most luxurious pillows on the market and for a reason. These pillows are made up of feathers and Down. Down is very soft and delicate material that is found beneath the feathers of a geese. In addition, down is a much fluffier material than feathers and also offers better support. A higher down content in the pillow ultimately means a higher quality pillow.
- The softest made pillow available
- Very light and weigh next to nothing
- Extremely easy to Shape
- Built to last a very long time
- Feathers may poke through the pillow cover
- Not the best height support
- The most expensive type of pillow
- Occasionally may need fluffing to regain its shape
These are hands down the best stomach sleeper pillow money can buy. They are the softest available pillow in the market by far. With that being said, these are the most expensive type of pillow of the four pillow types.
Choosing the Right Size Stomach Sleeper Pillow
The first thing that you may want to consider when choosing a pillow is the size of it. You may decide which pillow size is right for you by factoring in how big your bed is or you may just have a preference for a certain size. Keep in mind how many pillows that you would like to have in your bed while sleeping when making your decision.
Here is a list of pillow sizes that are available for you to choose from:
Standard Size Pillow
“20x26” and can fit a standard pillow case. A twin bed fits one standard pillow. A Full/Queen bed can fit two and a King bed can fit three.
Jumbo Size Pillow
“20x28” and can fit a standard pillow case. It is a slightly larger version than the standard pillow size. The number of pillows for this size in correspondence to bed sizes remains the same as the amounts that are recommended for a standard pillow size.
Queen Size Pillow
“20x30” and can fit a standard pillow case. There are no specified queen size pillow cases. These pillows are a great suggestion for a queen size bed, and you can fit two of them on a queen size mattress.
King Size Pillow
“20x36” and can fit a king size pillow case. These pillows are made extra long to provide comfort to the stomach sleeper. They also look great when placed on a king size bed which is the size of bed that is recommended for this pillow. You can fit two of them on a king size mattress.
Brand Recognition and Warranties
It is very important to choose a brand that specializes in support pillows. Certain brands specialize in pillows for stomach sleepers, back sleepers and pregnant sleepers while others do not. A list of some companies that specialize in support pillows:
- DC Labs
- Exceptional Sheets
- Original Bamboo
- Coop Home Goods
- Hypnotist Talalay
- Exceptional Sheets
- Science of sleep
- Pancake Pillows
- Better Down
In terms of the pillows warranties, it really comes down to the brand and the manufacturer. Some brands offer a 1 year warranty on their pillows while others offered up to 5 years. When deciding which pillow brand to go with, I recommend reading up reviews on the company itself to better understand their customer service. A company with good customer service will be fast and efficient when it comes to any issues you may have with your pillow.
Taking Care Of Your Stomach Sleeper Pillow
Once you have found the right stomach pillow for you, protecting it will be a very important thing to do. Taking care of your stomach sleeper pillow and maintaining it properly will increase the pillow’s lifespan. In addition, the pillow’s natural shape will last much longer when properly maintained. Taking care of your pillow is very easy and not complicated at all.
Protecting the Stomach Sleeper Pillow
The first thing you should do is purchase a pillow protector case with a zipper. The added zipping on the case will keep the pillow much cleaner and will repel moisture build from any night time sweating. A pillowcase protector increases the pillows lifespan due to the pillow being washed less. Some of the issues many stomach sleepers have is that they become hard, lumpy and flat after a long period of time. By washing the pillow less and keeping moisture away, the pillow will maintain its natural shape for a longer period of time. Lastly, a good pillow case can help manage any allergenic reactions that some pillows cause. I recommend investing in a pillow protector zipper case the day you purchase your pillow.
Cleaning the Stomach Sleeper Pillow
When it comes to washing the actual stomach pillow, I recommend washing them at least once a year. Each pillow should come with care instructions outlining how to wash the pillow exactly. Memory foam, latex, wool-cotton and down pillows all have different washing techniques which is why its important to follow the manufactures instructions. For example, memory foam pillows are not machine washable while down pillows can only be washed in a front-loading washing machine with low detergent. When washing the stomach sleeper pillows, make sure that the item has fully dried, you do not want the inside material to clump or develop mold and mildew. If they do, the pillow will need to be replaced immediately.
Fluffing Your Stomach Sleeper Pillow
Fluffing your pillow properly will help keep the sleeper pillow nice and fluffy. One of the biggest issues these pillows have is remaining soft, fluffy and light. Properly fluffing your pillow prevent the pillow from becoming hard, lumpy and flat. I recommend fluffing your pillow once a week. Here is a video on how to properly fluff a pillow:
Hopefully this guide has helped you out in some way shape or form when it comes to purchasing a stomach sleeper pillow. Believe me when I say this, the time spent researching on a good quality pillow is well worth it. Our body is supposed to heal and recover during sleep, not get damaged due to the effects of sleeping on your stomach. A good quality stomach sleeper pillow will protect your body from the damages of sleeping on your stomach. Whether you choose a memory foam or latex stomach pillow, you will have a better quality sleep than any regular pillow. I hope this guide has helped you!