Best Pillow For Stomach And Side Sleepers

Do I Really Need A Special Pillow If I’m A Stomach Sleeper?

Do you need a special pillow specific for stomach or side sleeping? The real question is how much you value your sleep and your general health and how well you feel throughout the day.

We all have different bodies, different spines and preferences and therefore we are designed to need different support and equipment. For this reason, having a pillow that is specific for your sleeping pattern and your body is actually very important.

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You can of course use a standard pillow and get to sleep just as well as the next person, but to be more comfortable throughout the evening, you may consider perhaps a thinner pillow. You want a pillow that allows you to comfortably lay on your stomach or side without crushing your face or body against your bed.

What material should I look for in the stuffing and casing of the pillow?
This depends a lot on your personal preferences for a pillow, for example some prefer gel-foam, memory foam, feather pillows or shredded memory foam. The point it to choose a filling that will be the most comfortable for you to sleep on that will not be too firm or too soft throughout the evening.

Our personal favorite is the shredded memory foam that allows for ventilation, comfort, and conforms to your head and neck. This is a relatively new design and idea for memory foam and while it is not in all of the pillows you will see, you can also do well with memory foam or gel-foam.

As far as the covering of a pillow it should be made out materials that you have actually heard of and are familiar with. Many pillows use cotton covering or else they use polyester with rayon from bamboo which is a more natural, breathable material.

Special Considerations For Creating This List

  • Cool: The pillows on this list were specifically selected because they are cool pillows or have cooling capabilities. The pillows are either designed with built-in ventilation, have a cooling gel memory foam or are made with a breathable material.
  • Durable: Durability may seem like an odd quality to have so high on this particular list, but you do not want to have to buy a new pillow every other week. These pillows should last through long nights, and throughout the months as well as your pillow is an investment into your well-being.
  • Comfortable: Your pillow should be comfortable and you should be excited to lay down on it each and every night. It should hold up without being too stiff and comfortable without being too soft or being lumpy.
  • Hypoallergenic or without chemicals: To help you get a better night’s sleep, you are going to want a pillow that does not irritate your skin or your breathing. Hypoallergenic pillows keep allergens out of your system and naturally you do not want unwanted, unnecessary harsh chemicals involved in the entire process of creating the pillow.

The Best 5 Pillows For Stomach And Side Sleepers

Bluewave Bedding Gel-infused Memory Foam Pillow

Not only has Bluewave created an amazing, slim pillow for stomach or side sleepers it is also great for those of you who overheat in the night and want to stay cool. The pillow is gel-infused and ventialleted which means you have two features specifically designed to keep you from getting too hot and working to cool the pillow down throughout the evening.

You can order this pillow in one of four sizes depending on how thin you would like your pillow to be, and you can order the thinner styles for you and a thicker pillow for someone else in your family. You can order a slim size, super slim, ultra slim, or an ultra slim full sized pillow, all of these options are ideal for stomach or side sleepers.

The pillow is made of the cooling memory foam that keeps your shape and forms to fit the specific needs of your head and neck throughout the evening. The pillow is hypoallergenic and made without harsh chemicals or heavy metals which means you will be getting a more peaceful night’s sleep without irritants bothering you.

The pillow casing is made of polyester and bamboo rayon which is breathable and soft against your face. You can wash the cover whenever it gets dirty and keep it pristine as well as comfortable.


  • Thin style
  • Gel-infused memory foam
  • Ventilated
  • Hypoallergenic


  • Some report it is stiff
  • Some report an odor

Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic Shredded Memory Foam Pillow

This pillow is marketed as not just deluxe but extra deluxe as it is made of shredded memory foam which helps remember your head’s shape and contours it well. The shredded memory foam allows you to move it around and remold the pillow as you need to in order to be more comfortable and better situated.

Because it is shredded memory foam it allows airflow throughout the pillow which means the pillow is cooling as well. This pillow is also micro ventilated to add even more cooling and is hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant to keep your skin and lungs out clean.

This particular brand of pillow is made and marketed in the United States so know and can trust the way it has been made. You can order this pillow in one of three sizes, either standard, queen or king sized depending on your bed and room size.


  • Hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant
  • Shredded memory foam
  • Micro ventilated
  • Three size options


  • Some report it isn’t kept cool enough
  • Some report a strong odor

Elite Rest Ultra Slim Sleeper Pillow

Elite Rest has created a pillow that is yet another ultra thin option to add to this list and to give you another option to look into. This one is especially nice because it is extremely thin coming in at only two and a half inches thick.

This pillow is not only good for those who sleep on their stomachs or sides but great for sleeping on your back as well. If you are a combination sleeper or if you share your pillow with others then this pillow will be versatile for you and those in your family.

This is what is called a half pillow design meaning that on one side the pillow is normal and rounded while the other half is completely flat. This will keep you well supported and completely comfortable.

The pillow is made of memory foam that is hypoallergenic, antibacterial, microbial and also resistant to bedbugs. This means you are keeping every possible harmful substance and creature off of your pillow and out of your bed.


  • Hypoallergenic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Bed bug resistant
  • Half pillow style


  • Some report inconsistency in products
  • Heavy

Downlite Extra Soft Down Pillow

Downlite Home has put their option of a stomach sleepers pillow in the variety of being a down stuffed pillow. For those of you who prefer something a little more fancy, perhaps a down pillow is right for you.

This pillow can be ordered in either a standard, queen or king size to go with your bed size and shape. This pillow is machine washable and dryable so you can keep it it clean and in shape no matter how often you need to send it through the washer.

Though this is a down pillow it is not bulky but very flat allowing you to sleep comfortably on your stomach or side throughout the night. The down used in this pillow is called low fill which allows for the pillow to cool down and will not keep your sweating in the night.


  • Flat pillow
  • Machine washable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Size options


  • Deflates and loses quality over a year
  • Does not fluff

eLuxurySupply Extra Soft Down Pillow

The price on eLuxurySupply is slightly more pricey than you may have been hoping for but it is worth investing in. You can order this pillow in either a single or double package and you can get a standard pillow, a queen or a king size pillow.

The pillow is machine washable although the company advises you to carefully read the care instructions. Once you wash it, you do not have to worry about it losing its shape, or becoming lumpy.

This is a down pillow that is filled with soft goose feathers and is encased in six hundred thread count cotton. This is a hypoallergenic pillow that is cleaned and sanitized to make sure that it will not bother you with allergens.


  • Hypoallergenic
  • Machine washable
  • Size options
  • Down pillow


  • Expensive
  • Not extremely thin

Closing Thoughts

If you are a side or stomach sleeper you may be interested in investing in a pillow made specifically with stomach sleepers in mind. Whether you want a thinner pillow or not, you are going to want a pillow that is made with a comfortable stuffing material.

Make sure that you are reading into the materials and know what you do or do not prefer for yourself such as memory foam. The casing of the pillow should also be something you take into consideration as you want a soft fiber that you recognize.

Perhaps you are sleeping just fine on the pillow you currently have, however if you are wanting to upgrade, then perhaps you should seriously consider a pillow specifically for you. The pillows on this list are tested and tried out and are high quality products.


About Haley Henson Haley Ann Vuksta is an American woman currently living and serving in Uzhgorod, Ukraine. She teaches English and ministers to the local Roma (gypsy) population there with her husband, Ruvim. Following a call on her heart and the local pastor's prompting, she moved to Ukraine at the age of 22 and began to serve the people in whichever way was most needed. This is often women's and children's small groups as well as English lessons. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, travelling, meeting new people and learning languages. She is fluent in English and Ukrainian and knows Spanish and some Russian as well. She is currently taking Italian lessons in an effort to broaden her horizons and assist her when she travels. She loves animals, people, her husband and Jesus.

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