Is a Buckwheat Pillow Right for You?

buckwheat pillowsYou might be asking, “What is a buckwheat pillow? What are they like and why would I want one?  Those are all good questions. Although buckwheat has been around for hundreds of years, buckwheat pillows have become increasingly popular in the last couple of decades. If you’re in the market for one, here are some interesting facts you should know:

1)  Buckwheat is in fact not wheat, but a fruit (fagopyrum esculentum) related to rhubarb. Buckwheat hulls are what fill a buckwheat pillow. The hulls are the husks that protect the buckwheat kernel. The hulls are not just chaff, but are a highly sought after product that is usually more valuable than the buckwheat kernel.

2)  Natural buckwheat pillows seem to harbor fewer mites than synthetic pillows, possibly due to the buckwheat hulls natural usage as an organism barrier.

3)  Sleeping on a buckwheat pillow allows your body to rest in a natural position, and since snoring is often caused by an unnatural alignment of the neck, a buckwheat pillow, with its ability to maintain proper support, can reduce or eliminate snoring!

4)  Buckwheat pillows work well with all types of beds including memory foam, waterbeds, and air mattresses. The pillows can also be adjusted for firmness and loft by adding or removing buckwheat. (Most quality buckwheat pillows come with a zipper so you can do this easily.)

5)  The hulls allow air to circulate freely through the pillow, acting as a natural thermostat ~ warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It helps keep your head dry and comfortable and ensures that your head remains at a constant normal temperature. It’s a perfect choice for those you tend to perspire in their sleep.

6)  On average, buckwheat pillows last about ten years. Although it is reported that the hulls do not actually break down but become polished like sea glass over time, the fact is that after several years of use the pillow will lose a bit of its fullness. With that, if you remove some of the hulls to adjust for comfort when you first get the pillow, save them for future use so that you can add them back into the pillow to maintain the same level of comfort. Most quality pillows are made with a zipper for this very reason.

Whatever type of pillow you decide to use………As Lawrence Welk used to say,

“Good night, sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you.”

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