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Best Mattresses For Front Sleepers

Like to sleep on your front? Here's how to choose the best mattress for this sleeping position.

While most people are side sleepers, 16% of the population prefer to sleep on their front. We’ve put together the perfect guide for choosing the best mattress for front sleepers. 

16%
of people sleep on their front

Here’s everything you need to consider when choosing a mattress as a stomach sleeper (remember you’ll need extra support to your neck and spine) as well as our product expert’s top five picks for mattresses for this position!

What are the best mattresses for front sleepers?

When choosing a mattress for a front sleeper, you should avoid anything too soft, and look for special support systems. Front sleepers tend to move their head to the side (to breathe!) and so need extra support to their neck, too.

You need a good amount of support to ensure your abdomen doesn’t ‘sag’, causing your spine to arch, which will result in back pain over time.

Infographic depicting a person laying on their front, showing how their spine should be kept aligned.

Pressure points for front sleepers

For any sleeping position, it's really important that you consider your pressure points and how you support them. Pressure points are the areas that have the heaviest contact with your mattress, so for front sleepers this is the ribcage, knees, thighs and pelvis. These pressure points aren't as intense as other sleeping positions, so a firm mattress will cushion you and provide ample pressure relief.

Recommended mattress type for front sleepers

Hybrid mattresses

Hybrid mattresses are excellent for stomach sleepers, as they combine the incredibly supportive nature of pocket springs with comforting memory foam to cushion the front of your body.

You’ll want a firmer mattress to ensure proper support, and individually pocketed springs are able to target your precise pressure points - for example your chest and abdomen - to keep your spine aligned.

The softness of the memory foam will provide just enough cushioning for the delicate parts of the front of your body, without being too soft that you start to ‘dip’.

Reflex foam mattresses

Reflex foam mattresses are ideal for front sleepers. Similar to memory foam, reflex mattresses contour to your unique curves. However, they are more dense and have less compression than memory foam, so will keep your body nicely aligned all night long - you won’t end up ‘dipping’ into the mattress uncomfortably.

Reflex mattresses tend to have a firmer feel, and often have orthopaedic properties, which is excellent for front sleepers who should prioritise their back health.

Pocket sprung mattresses

If you don’t particularly like too much cushioning on your mattress, you can consider a simple pocket sprung mattress. For front sleepers, these are ideal, as they often include innovative support systems that actively align your spine and relieve pressure points.

If you’re of a heavier build, a firm pocket sprung mattress is ideal for sleeping on your front, as you’ll find you won’t feel ‘suffocated’ by excess cushioning, and will feel ‘on top’ of the mattress rather than ‘in it’.

What is the best mattress firmness for front sleepers?

Front sleepers should opt for a medium-firm or firm mattress, as this will provide the level of support needed to prevent curvature of the spine. If you prefer a softer feel to your mattress, we’d recommend choosing a firm mattress for the support, and adding a mattress topper to soften the surface.

Don’t be tempted to opt for an extra-firm mattress, however, as this won’t allow your spine to follow its natural curve. You should look for a mattress that evenly distributes your weight over the entire surface. To check if a mattress is too firm, try sliding your hand between your front and the mattress surface. If you can easily get your hand over your stomach, it means you’re not adequately cushioned, and the mattress is too firm.

A firmer mattress is also recommended if you’re of a heavier build, as you’ll benefit more from the support systems, rather than sinking into the mattress. For more information, you can read our Mattress Firmness Guide.

The best pillows for front sleepers

The best type of pillow for a front sleeper is either a flat one, or none at all. If you start piling up the pillows, it will raise your head and put a strain on your neck and shoulders. If the head and spine are out of alignment, it can lead to aches and pains and that dreaded ‘cricked neck’ feeling when you wake up in the morning. Instead, try placing an additional pillow under the pelvis to help keep your spine, neck and head in perfect alignment. This can relieve the pressure and give you a more comfortable night's sleep.

Our top 5 mattresses for front sleepers

Our product experts know exactly what front sleepers need in their mattress, and have pulled together five of their top picks.

SleepSoul Space 2000 Pocket Memory Pillow Top Mattress

This mattress is an excellent choice for stomach sleepers as it includes thousands of individually pocketed springs that are able to target your precise pressure points. This means that your abdomen and chest will stay properly supported, keeping your spine nicely aligned.

This mattress also includes a layer of memory foam, but still has a medium firm comfort rating, so provides just the right amount of cushioning.

Close up of the side of the SleepSoul Space 2000 Pocket Memory Pillow Top Mattress.

It also features orthopaedic support, perfect for front sleepers who suffer with back problems and pain.

Hypnos Orthos Support 7 Mattress

This mattress from industry leaders Hypnos includes their innovative ReActive™ 7-turn pocket springs. With more turns, these springs are able to react quicker to your movements throughout the night, providing exceptional body support.

This is key for front sleepers, as you’ll need proper spinal alignment to ensure you don’t end up with back pain.

Coolflex® Lux Ortho Pocket Mattress

A budget friendly option for front sleepers, this mattress includes both individually pocketed springs and reflex foam.

You’ll not only experience targeted support to your chest and abdomen, but you’ll enjoy enhanced support as well as comfort from the specially designed reflex foam, without the heat retention of memory foam.

The bottom of a bed with a coolflex mattress on top.

This mattress is also available with our 100 Night Sleep Trial, so you can test it out, and if you don’t love it, you can return it! For more information on our 100 Night Sleep Trials, head to our Sleep Trial page.

Emma® Premium Memory Hybrid Mattress

One of our bestsellers, the Emma Premium Memory Hybrid Mattress is ideal for front sleepers, as it features a 5 Zone CarbonFlex™ Spring system. This ensures you get the optimum level of support in all the right places, including areas most needed for spinal alignment and posture control.

Emma’s Halo Memory Foam™ moulds to your body and offers orthopaedic support with a medium firm comfort rating.

End side of the Emma® Premium Memory Hybrid Mattress.

Sleepeezee Cool Rest 1000 Pocket Cool Gel Memory Mattress

This mattress is ideal if you’re a front sleeper who prefers a cooler night’s sleep, or suffers from overheating during the night.

Rated firm, the cool gel memory foam layer provides gentle cushioning, while regulating your temperature. Pocket springs adapt to your weight and shape, ensuring you stay supported in all the right places.

Close up of the side of the Sleepeezee Cool Rest 1000 Pocket Cool Gel Memory Mattress. showing the embroidered 'cool rest' logo.

FAQ

Not quite found the answer you're looking for? Read our frequently asked questions. If you need more help choosing the right mattress for you, we have plenty of helpful guides such as our Mattress Buying Guide: How to Choose a Mattress, or our Ultimate UK Bed & Mattress Size Guide.

Is a soft mattress the best mattress for stomach sleepers?
A soft pillow may be ideal for stomach sleepers, but to keep the rest of your spine in alignment and stop it from 'sinking', you need a medium-firm or firm mattress. If your mattress is too soft, you'll find the base of your spine starts to arch as your core isn't correctly supported. That can lead to unpleasant aches and pains in your lower back and shoulders. 
Why do I sleep on my stomach with one leg bent?
Sleeping on your front with one leg bent has natural benefits for your body. This position improves circulation and prevents snoring. Bending one leg while you sleep can alleviate pressure on your abdomen that may cause lower back pain when you sleep on your front.
Is sleeping on your stomach bad?
Sleeping on your stomach can increase your chances of reflux, and makes it harder for food to travel through your body. Try not to sleep on your stomach after a big meal. Generally, however, sleeping on your front isn't 'bad' for you, especially if you find this the most comfortable position. As long as you're comfy and not suffering from gastronomical problems, then go ahead.
Woke up with neck pain and can't turn your head?
This can be caused by having your head rasied too high, and undue strain on your neck. Try to rest your neck in a more horizontal position for a while, realigning the spine.
Can you sleep on your stomach while pregnant?
In early pregnancy stages, sleeping on your front is fine if you find it comfortable. As your bump gets bigger, you'll find it's not really possible to sleep on your stomach anyway.
Is it Haram to sleep on your stomach?
Sleeping on your stomach is not Haram, however it is Makruh (disliked).
Should babies sleep on their stomach?
Babies should not sleep on their front, as it increases the risk of suffocation. Instead, place your baby on their back to sleep and ensure there's nothing that can cause a health risk, such as a blanket or loose toys, in their bed.
Can sleeping on your front cause back pain?
If your spine isn't kept properly aligned with the correct mattress for your sleeping position, it will bend out of shape. This will cause strain and ache in your back. Front sleepers should choose a relatively firm mattress to ensure their body doesn't dip, causing curvature of the spine.