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Why is sleeping on your stomach so bad for you?
Sleeping on your stomach is not the ideal position for your body. This is the position where you'll develop the most back problems, largely caused by a hollowing of the back, which strains your spine. In the long germ, this results in lower back pain. This problem is exacerbated if your mattress is too soft or your pillow too thick and fluffy.
You may also develop breathing problems as your rib cage as less space to open.
If you want to continue sleeping in this position, then we can help you choose the ideal mattress.
But if you want to break the habit of sleeping on your stomach, here are some tips that can help you:
- Try to fall asleep on your back or your side. If you wake up on your stomach, turn to your back and side again before going back to sleep.
- If you try to fall asleep on your side, hug a pillow. This will make it more difficult for you to roll over onto your stomach.
- If you sleep with a partner, ask him/her to move you back on to your side or back during the night (if your partner happens to wake up during the night).
Choosing the right pillow
Many stomach sleepers choose the wrong pillow. They may spend a lot of time trying to choose the right mattress but completely forget that the right pillow is equally important, especially for stomach sleepers.
Since stomach sleepers sleep with their head to the side, which adds strain to the neck area, the right pillow is of the utmost importance.
You need a pillow that is quite flat and not heavily filled. As your body lies flat on the mattress, you need a pillow that supports the neck, while still allowing you to lie as flat as possible.
If the pillow is too high, then you will strain your cervical spine and promote further pressure points. This will increase neck pain.
Of course, other factors such as adaptability to your head shape, cooling, and comfort are also important when choosing your pillow. But if you sleep on your stomach and want to prevent tension and pain, then making sure the pillow is low enough to keep your body as flat as possible is the most important thing to consider.
You may also consider sleeping without a pillow, which will help rebalance your spinal position.
We would recommend a mattress that is both stable and that adapts well to your body.
The combination of firmer and softer foams is also ideal. Make sure your mattress has a stable, springy top layer and a soft and comfortable foam layer second layer. Adaptable foams such as memory or gel foam and stable base foams such as cold foam or PUR foam are recommendable.
With this combination, you’ll be able to enjoy your sleep and prevent back and neck pains.