Stomach sleeping has its pros and cons. For instance, it can help curb snoring-but if you’re one of the 7% of Americans who sleeps on their stomach, then you likely know that it can also leave you with a sore back in the morning. That’s why it’s especially important for stomach sleepers to choose a mattress that works for this sleep position.
A latex mattress is a great option for stomach sleepers. Its natural buoyancy supports and lifts up the body, and it sleeps cool thanks to the material’s open-cell structure. It’s extremely eco-friendly to boot.
Keep in mind that the ideal mattress for a stomach sleeper will be different from the one that’s best suited for side or back sleepers. Here’s what to look for in a latex mattress if you’re a stomach sleeper.
How to find the best latex mattress for stomach sleepers
The key to comfort for stomach sleepers-for any sleepers, really-is neutral spinal alignment. Because most people carry their weight across the hips and belly, sleeping on one’s stomach can cause an unnatural bowing of the spine, which in turn can lead to back pain. To assure proper lumbar support and overall comfort as a stomach sleeper, look for the following features in a latex mattress:
Something else to keep in mind: Latex mattresses are naturally cool, but because one of the biggest complaints among stomach sleepers is sleeping hot, you may also want to make sure any latex mattress you choose has a breathable cover. Organic cotton is a good material to look for in a mattress cover.
How to find the best pillow for stomach sleepers
Matching your pillow to your sleep position is important too. The National Sleep Foundation recommends using a thin pillow under your head-or no pillow at all. Placing a thin pillow under your stomach and pelvis may also help ward off back pain.
For more advice on finding the right latex bed for you, here’s how to choose the best latex mattress for your sleep position.