Approximately 16 percent of adults sleep on their stomachs and younger people are more likely to assume this position than older people. Stomach sleepers can find it challenging to choose a mattress as the position can produce stress on the neck and spine. They need a mattress that doesn’t allow the mid-section to sag.
Mattress manufacturers rate their products on a scale of 1 to 10, but each has its own criteria. There are no standardized firmness ratings within the industry. The Sleep Institute recommends a mattress in the medium to firm range with a rating of 6 for stomach sleepers. It provides support for the hips and keeps the spine aligned.
Body Type, Weight
An individual’s body type and weight will also be a factor when selecting a mattress. Petite individuals won’t sink as far into the mattress and will perceive it as being firmer. Heavier individuals may experience the same mattress as softer since they sink further into it.
The materials the mattress is constructed of will also make a difference. Foam mattresses are offered in multiple firmness levels, but typically won’t be optimal for heavier individuals – a coil or innerspring mattress offers better support for heavier stomach sleepers.
An innerspring mattress provides support across the entire mattress. Foam mattresses are cost-effective options, but heavier individuals will sink in too far and often wake up with back pain. Stomach sleepers are best served by a firm foam mattress. There are also hybrid mattresses that combine innerspring and foam in their construction, providing a good balance of comfort and support.
Stomach sleepers should be aware that the medical community views stomach sleeping as the worst position as it can cause misalignment of the spine. Those that choose to sleep on their stomach should also use thinner pillows to prevent stress on the neck.
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