Snoozing on your stomach is preferred by about 7% of the population, but it’s unfortunately not very popular among doctors and sleep experts. While the general advice about sleeping position is to go with the one that you find most comfortable, many professionals do advise against the stomach position because of the strain it places on the back and neck. Lying on your stomach compresses the natural curve in your spine and forces you to turn your head to the side as you sleep; this often leads to soreness and stiffness in the neck and back. It’s not all bad news, though – some claim that stomach sleeping is a good solution for sleep apnea patients and chronic snorers, but it’s best to consult with a medical professional before making any changes to your sleep routine.

Because stomach sleeping is widely regarded as an “unhealthy” sleep position, most online sources about stomach sleeping simply offer tips on how to change your sleep position. Every case is different and depending on your body shape and sleeping situation, stomach sleeping could be a perfectly healthy way for some to sleep. We’ve compiled some tips for those die-hard face planters to mitigate some of the potential problems with stomach sleeping:

1. Morning Stretch Sessions

Really, this tip applies to any type of sleeper. While you don't have to do Yoga for an hour every morning, stretching in the morning can help realign your body as well as "awaken" your body's core supporting muscles. Of course, be gentle and do not overdo it. Find a gentle stretching routine that works well for your body, abilities and fitness level. Yoga and stretching in general are also known to have a number of other health benefits.

2. Go Pillowless

Part of the problem with the stomach sleeping position is that with a pillow under your head, it creates an unnatural angle and tension on your neck. This can be especially troublesome if you sleep with two or more pillows under your head. To remedy this, try either sleeping without a pillow, or with a very thin pillow. The thinner the pillow, the less pronounced the angle on your neck is and you should hopefully have less neck pain when you awake in the morning.

3. Try Relocating Pillows

A pillow under the head is a part of practically everybody's sleeping routine; however for stomach sleepers they may be doing more harm than good. There are other places that pillows can be used to not only make you more comfortable, but to help give more support to your body while you are sleeping. A pillow placed under the pelvis, for example, can help neutralize your back's position, lessening the dramatic tension placed on most stomach sleepers backs and / or necks.

4. Time For a New Mattress?

Like your choice of sleep position, your selection of mattress firmness should be primarily based on your personal comfort preferences. For stomach sleepers, however, it’s generally best to go with a medium to slightly firm feel. This will ensure that your midsection is properly supported through the night.

Your quality of sleep is proportional to the quality of your mattress. Old mattresses wear out over time, especially those made out of inferior materials. If your mattress is not giving you the support your body demands, consider upgrading to an Aviya Mattress. Our hybrid mattress is the best of both worlds, combining a sophisticated innerspring system coupled with high-density, upholstery grade foam comfort layers. Our industry-leading mattress warranty guarantees your mattress will continue to provide the support your body craves. By offering just one mattress in three different firmness options, we've made buying a mattress online a breeze.

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