We all sleep in different positions and some of us tend to classify ourselves as front sleepers or stomach sleepers, meaning we lie face down as we sleep. We take a look at what to consider when selecting the best mattress if you are a front sleeper or stomach sleeper.
What is the best mattress firmness for a front sleeper?
Front sleepers need a good deal of support from a mattress, which is why it is generally recommended that you should opt for a medium, medium-firm or firm mattress if you sleep on your stomach.
This is because it allows you to maintain the natural alignment of the spine without sinking too far into the mattress or arching your back. A firmer mattress will provide both comfort and support.
If you have a mattress that is too soft, you might find that your lower back or hips sink into the mattress while you sleep on your front, which prevents you from sleeping in a straight and neutral position and could potentially result in back pain.
With that said, the ultimate choice of mattress firmness will also depend on your body type, build and personal preference. Those with a heavier frame may find that they require extra support, for example, or you may just find that a softer mattress aligns better with specifically how you sleep.
Your mattress should be comfortable and not cause you any aches or pains so that is the main thing to keep in mind!
Our pocket sprung mattresses are available in a range of tensions, including soft, medium and firm so that you can choose the best option for you if you are a front sleeper.
Our natural fibre mattresses are on the firmer side while still being blissfully comfortable so they are also ideal for front or stomach sleepers.
What is the best mattress type for a front sleeper?
It is important that front sleepers distribute their weight evenly while in bed. Therefore, a pocket sprung mattress can be a great option for front sleepers because only the individual points of contact respond to your body. This means you don’t sink entirely into the mattress which can cause your back to arch.
Many spring mattresses have a thick layer made from additional materials, which is why they are sometimes referred to as hybrid mattresses. This allows them to provide a sense of luxury and comfort while still being responsive to the body and providing support due to the pocket springs.
Which pillows are best for front sleepers?
When it comes to choosing pillows for your new mattress, you will want to go for the opposite - softer pillows are the best choice here because they prevent your head from being too high and bending your neck while you sleep.
Soft pillows don’t offer much height which is ideal when you are sleeping face down as your head is already raised and needs to remain aligned with your spine.
Mattress toppers for front sleepers
If you are a front sleeper and you want to increase the firmness and support on your mattress, or you are not quite ready for a new mattress but you want some additional support, you could look at mattress toppers.
A firm mattress topper can work well in these situations as it provides the extra support necessary to keep your spine in alignment and stop your torso from sinking into the mattress.
Our Bovey mattress topper is made from a thick layer of natural latex for a flexible yet firm extra layer of support.
We hope this guide to the best mattresses for front sleepers has been useful - you should also keep your personal preferences in mind. You can also view our mattress firmness guide if you are unsure about the best option for you.