If you have lots of trouble sleeping as I do, you have probably tried a host of remedies. Here’s a new one to consider, buckwheat pillows. Buckwheat pillows are made from the husk of the buckwheat kernel. This kernel is what protects the buckwheat from the elements of nature. Buckwheat is not actually wheat but is related to the rhubarb plant which is actually a fruit!
Buckwheat pillows are prescribed by health care professionals to relieve neck, back and headache pain and to reduce sleeplessness and insomnia. Buckwheat pillows provide similar conforming and shaping properties to memory foam products which assist in sleeping in an anatomically correct position and decreases pain and sleeplessness caused by improper sleeping positions. The full support allows neck and shoulder muscles to more fully relax and as a consequence sleep occurs more easily and naturally. Many people have reported decreases in headache, neck and back pain as well as better overall sleep. The pillows have no synthetic fibers or chemical added and are made of all natural ingredient.
Buckwheat hulls don’t compact like feather and are thermodynamic. This quality of buckwheat provides insulation which makes it cool to sleep on and promote air circulations and dissipation of heat which can decrease in incidence of night sweats associated with the onset of menopause and other conditions. Conversely the insulation and free air circulation helps conserve heat in the winter.
Buckwheat pillows also seem to have a natural ability to repel dust mites which can be helpful to allergy suffers. You can adjust the firmness of your buckwheat pillow by adding or decreasing the amount of buckwheat filler in the pillow. If you choose to do this, keep the removed buckwheat hulls as you may want to replace them at a later time. Buckwheat pillows are environmentally friendly and 100% biodegradable.
If you will be storing your buckwheat pillow for any length of time use a vacuumed seal system or put the pillow in the freezer one day a month to prevent colonization especially if you live in hot humid environments. This isn’t generally a problem if you’re using your pillow as the buckwheat hulls are fiber and not nutritive. The buckwheat pillows pillowcase can be removed and washed but you should not get the buckwheat hulls themselves wet as they don’t dry easily.
Buckwheat hulls are very hypoallergenic and only about one in six thousand people have allergies to it. However, allergies can sometimes occur. If you experience an allergic reaction stop using your pillow. Also, no type pillow should be used by an infant. Some people don’t find these pillows comfortable so when you buy look for a company that will allow you to return it.
So give a buckwheat pillow a try if you’re having difficulty sleeping, neck, shoulder or back pain, or just want to be more comfortable.