What Are the Benefits of a Buckwheat Pillow?
October 1, 2012 • By Ryan
Until recently I didn’t realize just how important a pillow can be to a good night’s sleep. I, like most people, assumed that a pillow is just a pillow. Get a soft one and you’re good to go! How wrong I was…
One of the founders of Hullo introduced me to the idea of a buckwheat pillow, informing me that it was “the best pillow ever.” Skeptical, I ordered a small one and waited for it to arrive. When it did, I was surprised. I did not expect it to be so bulky–I also did not expect it to be so incredibly comfortable. I unzipped the pillowcase and found it full of thousands of buckwheat hulls, which are the by-product of milling the buckwheat plant, a hypoallergenic agricultural product.
What’s the big deal then? There are several benefits of a buckwheat pillow.
1. Superior Support
For a side-sleeper like myself, it’s very important to get adequate support to maintain a neutral sleeping position in my neck and head. The pillow fill perfectly conforms to the shape of my body, which makes a good night’s sleep much easier. The hulls naturally cling to each other, which helps the pillow hold its shape-imagine a bean bag that doesn’t collapse on itself.
2. Promotes Air Flow
Buckwheat hulls allow for air to flow more freely through the pillow than down, foam or other pillow fills. Everyone knows how a traditional pillow can become hot and be uncomfortable on a summer day. You can flip it all night long, but it will continue to retain heat. A buckwheat pillow does not retain this heat; the hulls allow air to circulate, keeping you cool all night long.
3. Constructed of All-natural Materials
As I’ve gotten older and had children, making responsible purchases for my family has become very important to me. Thankfully, the comfort of buckwheat hull pillows comes with no strings attached. Buckwheat crops benefit little from chemical fertilizers, thus it is free of many of the contaminants that are present in other crop types. It’s a great all-natural alternative to potentially toxic materials used in other pillow types.
4. Simple Economics
Most advice online will recommend you replace a traditional pillow once every 2-3 years. A well-made buckwheat pillow will last up to 15. Even a low-end traditional pillow will cost you in excess of 100 dollars over the same time period.
You’ve probably heard it said that “you spend one third of your life asleep.” Think about that when your pillows are up for renewal and consider a buckwheat pillow. I’d like to recommend Hullo. You won’t regret it.