What Are the Benefits of a Buckwheat Pillow?
October 1, 2012 • By
It took me a long time to realize just how important a pillow can be to a good night’s sleep. I assumed that any pillow would do—get a soft one and I’d be good to sleep, sleep, sleeeeep! Wrong. I was totally missing out on better sleep.
A friend introduced me to the idea of a buckwheat pillow, enthusiastically telling me that it was “the best pillow ever.” Skeptical, I ordered a 14×20″ pillow and waited for it to arrive. When it did, I was surprised. It was not at all what I expected. It was hefty: about 4 lb. I unzipped the pillowcase and found it full of thousands of tiny buckwheat hulls, which are the by-product of milling the buckwheat plant.
So what’s the big deal about these things?
There Are Several Benefits of a Buckwheat Pillow
1. Superior Support
For side-sleepers like myself, it’s very important that your pillow provides the support required to maintain a neutral sleeping position. You don’t want your head and neck bending upward or downward at an unnatural angle—this can be uncomfortable and cause painful muscle strains. Fortunately most buckwheat pillows allow you to adjust the thickness, or loft, by adding or removing fill through a zippered opening. Dial it in to your exacting preferences!
The pillow’s buckwheat hull fill will perfectly conform to the shape of your head and neck, effectively eliminating any pain-causing pressure points. The hulls’ irregular shape allows them to cling to each other, which helps the pillow hold its shape. It’s sort of like a bean bag that doesn’t collapse on itself.
2. Stays Cool All Night Long
You know that feeling: the pillow is too damn hot! A buckwheat hull pillow’s fill allows air to flow freely, keeping it cool all night long. Down, foam and other pillow types retain body heat and can become hot and uncomfortable. A buckwheat pillow does not retain heat; the hulls allow air to circulate, which means no more flipping to the cool side in the middle of the night.
3. Constructed with 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.
In addition, buckwheat hulls are 100% compostable so when your pillow finally wears out, it won’t be a burden on our environment.
4. Simple Economics
Most advice online will recommend you replace a traditional pillow once every 2-3 years. A well-made buckwheat pillow can last 5 years or longer. 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 our own Hullo. Don’t take my word for it, check out these reviews from our customers. Give it a try for 60 nights and if you’re not happy with it, ship it back to us for a refund.