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The best pillows for stomach sleepers

Stomach sleepers take a lot of flack for our favorite sleeping position, but the truth is, it’s hard to change the way you sleep. No matter how many times we may try to get comfortable enough to fall asleep on our backs, we still find ourselves on our stomachs when we wake up. With that in mind, selecting the right stomach sleeper pillow is essential. When choosing such a pillow, stomach sleepers should remember that the thinnest and softest option is best, since larger options may press our heads into awkward angles, causing stress on the neck and/or shoulders. Stomach sleepers are said to need the least amount of pillow support of all sleeping positions, so thin and soft is ideal.

On the other hand, some folks may find they sleep in more than one position, or have a different preferred position entirely like back sleepers or side sleepers. These people may do better with a different variety of pillows within the brands highlighted below, such as this Parachute side sleeper pillow. And now, without further ado, let’s explore what makes these pillows the best stomach sleeper options available:

The best pillows for stomach sleepers:

Purple Pillow — $100

Another excellent option for both stomach and back sleepers, the Purple Pillow is designed to keep users cool throughout the night without any extra fill to bunch things up. Comprising a proprietary grid with fortified edges to cradle your head in proper spinal alignment, the Purple Pillow is made of sturdy hyper-elastic polymer while still soft enough to support even the most finicky of stomach sleepers. These pillows come with a removable, machine washable cover, a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping, and a one-year warranty.

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Tuft and Needle Original Foam Pillow — $75

At a slim five inches thick, the Tuft and Needle Original Foam Pillow is great for stomach sleepers — but is known to be ideal for all sleeping positions including back and side as well. Constructed with the perfect blend of foam, cooling gel, and graphite, this pillow ensures you’ll sleep cool all night while staying gently supported. The proprietary foam won’t flatten out while you sleep, so there’s no need to wake up and “fluff” these pillows. These are offered with Tuft and Needle’s 100-night sleep trial so you can make sure you like it; you’ll have the option to return it for a full refund if you don’t.

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Leesa Pillow — $110

The Leesa Hybrid Pillow’s slim construction and removable pillow insert makes it a popular choice among stomach sleepers, as well as many who prefer other sleeping positions. It comes with optimal neck support, a super soft cover, and chilling fibers to help the hot sleepers stay comfortable all night. Choose between a standard or queen size when you purchase your Leesa Hybrid Pillow, and you can count on a three-year warranty.

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Nectar Memory Foam Pillow — $75

The Nectar Sleep Memory Foam Pillow’s adjustability is primarily what makes it ideal for stomach sleepers. Since the stomach sleeper doesn’t require as much support as other sleep positions, the inner fill can be removed until the softness and support are just right. The next best part is it comes with a 50-night sleep trial so you can try it out risk-free before officially purchasing. Don’t like it after all? Get your full refund back. Just keep your receipts! These pillows are easy to spot clean with gentle soap and water, so you’ll never need to machine wash.

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Brooklinen Plush Down Alternative Pillow — $60

For stomach sleepers, the Brooklinen Down Alternative Plush Pillow provides all the light support you need while keeping your neck and spine adequately aligned. It’s sumptuous to the touch, offered in two sizes (standard and king) and three densities (plush, mid-plush, and firm), as well as hypoallergenic, vegan, and made in the U.S.

The shaved microfibers specifically made for this product were created to mimic the exact feel of down and are available in three different constructions. The Plush Pillow is the softest and fluffiest, and is recommended for stomach sleepers.

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Zoey Sleep Classic — $60

The Zoey Sleep Classic Pillow is fully adjustable, making it ideal for stomach sleepers to fill as they desire. The Zoey Sleep website recommends stomach sleepers reduce their fill to about 50% of the height possible (it will arrive filled to the highest height possible, with a drawstring bag for users to put extra fill in for storage until they need it). With a design enhanced for advanced breathability, thermal regulation, and moisture control, this pillow is great for hot sleepers as well.

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Parachute Down Alternative Pillow — $60

According to Parachute, stomach sleepers often opt for no pillow at all since their necks rest in a neutral position naturally. Since pillows are designed to align your head and neck with your spine while sleeping, stomach sleepers usually sleep best on thinner, softer pillows. This makes the Parachute Down Alternative Pillow their most ideal choice for stomach sleepers. With its softest density selected (there are three options available), along with its 100% sateen cotton shell and hypoallergenic fill, this slim pillow will suit the stomach sleeper well.

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Coop Home Goods Eden Pillow — $80

The Coop Home Goods Eden Pillow is known for its versatility to suit both stomach and back sleepers as well as those who tend to sleep hot. These pillows are uniquely supportive and adjustable, arriving with an extra half-pound bag of fill included in the package for customers to add as they wish. Made in the U.S., Coop Home Goods pillows are proudly cruelty-free, as well as hypoallergenic.

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Boll and Branch Down Alternative Pillow — $80

For those who prefer to sleep on their stomachs, Boll and Branch has created the perfect balance of softness and support in their Down Alternative Pillow. Affordable, allergy-friendly, lightweight, and customizable (you can choose between soft and medium/firm density, as well as standard or king sizes), these pillows are made using sustainable materials, responsible manufacturing, and fair trade.  Their proprietary PrimaLoft fill mimics down perfectly, and their 100% organic cotton shell ensures your face meets the cushiest surface possible as you head off to slumberland.

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