Sleeping face-down puts extra pressure on your torso, hips, and ribs—so you’ll want a bed with enough firmness to keep your spine aligned. Getting this support helps minimise next-day aches while still cushioning your joints.
Front sleepers should consider a medium-firm to a firm mattress.
At the same time, a mattress that’s too hard won’t conform enough to your shape and could reduce your sleep quality overall.
For people under 180 pounds, a medium-firm model offers the best balance of comfort and support. If you weigh over 180 pounds, choose a firm mattress—your extra body weight makes an average bed feel softer, so you need more reinforcement.
Pay attention to mattress type.
The firmness you experience isn’t just a matter of body weight – the mattress’s technology and composition also play lead roles.
Memory foam and memory gel conform closely around you, while latex foam resists sagging better thanks to its quick rebound and buoyancy.
Front sleepers are served well by memory and latex foam mattresses, with latex foam having the support advantage. Latex or hybrid mattresses with several layers of firmer foams prevent excess sinking. Just stay cautious of plush, slow-moving materials that let your midsection dip too much. Aim for responsive, supportive comfort.
Why should you pay attention to pressure points when buying a mattress?
Everyone has pressure points, and we all have areas of our body that ache more than others, be it the lower back or shoulders.
Besides spinal support, properly cushioning pressure points is vital for front sleepers. Since your torso carries much of your weight, your ribs, stomach, pelvis, and hips require ample padding to prevent discomfort.
If you have aches or pains, we recommend zoned mattresses designed to relieve pressure in targeted areas – this usually means choosing a pocket spring mattress to reinforce the midsection while cradling the shoulders and hips.
Pocket spring mattresses prioritise spring technology and provide the most support of any mattress type, making them perfect for front sleepers.
What does all this mean? We recommend pocket spring mattresses that are medium-firm or firm with latex foam or memory foam with zoned support. Here are some mattresses that fit the bill:
See the following link for more information: Giltedge Beds Shine 2,000
With its 2,000 responsive pocket springs and cushioning latex layer, this medium-firm mattress cradles front sleepers with a micro-quilted cover and foam encapsulation, providing an even, supportive sleep surface that relieves pressure.
See the following link for more information: Giltedge Beds Tranquillity 2,000
This firm mattress pairs 2,000 pocket springs with rebound and memory foam to provide a supportive, responsive sleep surface. It has air vents to keep you cool and minimises partner disturbance with encapsulated springs.
See the following link for more information: Sleepeezee Jessica Support Mattress.
The Jessica Support has reinforced edge support and 800 responsive springs with platinum fibre and foam encapsulation to relieve pressure on your stomach. It’s a fantastic choice for front sleepers and back sleepers.
If you need a new mattress in a pinch, check out our exciting range of next-day medium-firm and firm mattresses.
Other helpful features
On top of getting the right firmness and support, these features benefit front sleepers:
- Firm edge support prevents sagging or roll-off if you sleep near the sides. Reinforced edges allow you to use the whole sleep surface.
- Minimal motion transfer keeps you steady if you share the bed. Isolating movement helps you stay properly aligned.
- Breathability and cooling components (gel, graphite, or copper-infused foams) prevent heat-trapping around your warmer front side.
The bottom line? Stomach sleepers need a sturdy mattress that keeps everything aligned—without being overly rigid. Look for zoned pressure relief and strong edges and pick