Contour Pillows – Why Buckwheat is Better than Memory Foam
February 5, 2013 • By Nick
Contour pillows made of synthetic foam are not adjustable enough to accomodate every body shape and every sleeping position. This is just one of several reasons why you should consider sleeping on a buckwheat pillow – the best contour pillow.
About Contour Pillows
“Contour pillows” or support pillows are orthopedic pillows designed to keep your neck and spine in alignment while providing comfort and healthy rest to the user. These pillows are typically made of synthetic foam, and more recently memory foam has become popular. Memory foam pillows are made of a heat-sensitive foam which accquires the shape of the body sleeping on it.
Contour pillows can be very effective at promoting comfort and restful sleep, and there have been many claims of them providing relief from various medical conditions including neck pain, sleep apena, snoring, lower back pain, and insomnia among many others. While contour pillows are comfortable and healthy, synthetic foam pillows do come with some disadvantages compared to a pillow filled with buckwheat hulls.
Foam Contour Pillows Are Not Adjustable
One of the biggest problems with foam and memory foam pillows is that they come in a predefined geometric shape. Foam will collapse and conform to you head somewhat, but it cannot be shaped, plumped or molded to support a wide variety of sleeping positions. Many people change positions throughout the night and a preformed foam pillow is not shaped optimally for many of these positions. With foam pillows you typically can not adjust the pillow thickness. Depending on your body shape, the firmness of your mattress and your sleeping positions, the foam pillow may be too thick or too thin for maximum comfort and health.
High-quality buckwheat pillows generally have a zipper, which allows adjustment in the amount of fill in the pillow. This allows the thickness of the pillow to be customized for maximum comfort. A buckwheat pillow can then be shaped to a range of shapes and sizes as you sleep to provide superior support and comfort.
Buckwheat Pillows Are Breathable
The curved shape of buckwheat hulls creates airspace within your pillow providing air circulation and breathability. This results in a cool, dry pillow, for that “cool side of the pillow” effect all night long.
Buckwheat Pillows Are Made from Natural Renewable Materials
Synthetic foams are often made with petroleum products and other harsh manufacturing chemicals. This may include chemicals you’d rather not rest your head on for 8 hours every night. Foam contour pillows are typically not biodegradable and certainly not compostable. Buckwheat hulls are usually considered hypoallergenic, and are an all-natural plant product. Buckwheat pillows are the ultimate natural contour pillow. For more information, see our post addressing the question of memory foam toxicity: That Memory Foam Smell.
Buckwheat Pillows Have the Highest Satisfaction Rating
The natural adjustable comfort of a buckwheat pillow makes for the best contour pillow. According to an independent study based on over 13,000 customer experiences, buckwheat pillows have a higher customer satisfaction rating than memory foam pillows. Many people do not give their choice of pillow a second thought and they are likely missing out. You can read our buckwheat pillow reviews for an idea of how much people like their pillows.