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Sleeping on your stomach places a strain on your back and spine. This is because most of your weight is in the middle of the neck. Hence, this can make it difficult to maintain a neutral spine position when you're sleeping. Stress on the spine can increase the stress on the other structures in the body. Since the spine is a pipeline for your nerves, spinal stress can cause pain just about anywhere in your body. You might also experience tingling and numbness as if parts of your body have fallen asleep. Sleeping on your stomach can also affect your neck. It puts your head and spine out of alignment, as you tilt your head to the side while sleeping on your stomach. Overtime, neck problems can arise due to this.