Positioning Pillows: Try a Buckwheat Pillow
May 20, 2013 • By
There’s a large market of sleep products called positioning pillows. Positioning pillows do exactly as their name implies: they help to hold your body in whatever position is deemed comfortable and/or beneficial. Most of these products are made from polyurethane or polyester foam and are generally covered with a simple bleached cotton shell (we recommend that you avoid these materials in your pillow). There are hundreds of different designs. Some are wedge shaped and are designed to elevate your torso slightly and others are cylindrical for elevating your knees. Most are completely unique and are designed for a single specific purpose. You can’t rest our head on too many positioning pillow types-their odd shapes won’t conform to your neck and head.
Being every product so unique, it can be hard to find the one that works well for you. Thus it can helpful to purchase a multi-use product; something that’s designed for different use scenarios. Experimentation is key when it comes to sleep position. Something versatile will allow you to try different positions and discover what works best for you.
The Ultimate Positioning Pillow?
Is there a catch-all perfect product? Unfortunately no, but buckwheat pillows work very well. The buckwheat hull fill consists of thousands of hulls with irregular edges that grip each other. This unique characteristic of the buckwheat hull makes it ideal for use as fill. It allows the pillow will hold and retain its shape, which is fantastic for use as a traditional pillow, but also works exceptionally well as a positioning pillow.
Use one or more buckwheat pillows to:
- support your upper body at an angle for reading or sleeping.
- elevate your knees for reduction of lower back pain or leg swelling.
- provide lateral support to prevent you from rolling over (this can be a very useful tip for when training yourself to sleep on your back).
Buckwheat pillows are a terrific natural alternative to the many expensive specialized positioning pillows for sale today. If you’re in the market for one, give a buckwheat pillow a try and if it doesn’t work specifically as a positioning pillow, toss it under your head!