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Are you thinking of buying a buckwheat pillow? Here are some pros and cons to consider.
Buckwheat pillows are made by stuffing natural buckwheat hulls rather than poly fiber filling, foam or feathers. They have become popular due to their positive beneficial effects on sleep.
Improved Sleep & Better Sleeping Posture
Buckwheat pillows are said to provide better support for the neck and head due to their firmness which provides for a better sleeping posture. The amount of buckwheat hulls is usually adjustable to meet each individual’s preferences. These make them ideal for those who suffer from neck stress and back pain.
Reduces Muscle Tension
Having enough support for the neck and head aids in helping the neck and back muscles to relax. Additionally, they also reduce muscle tension thus obliterating neck and back pain. Buckwheat pillows have also been known to reduce tension headaches and stress throughout the body.
Again having good support of the neck and head is key in preventing bad sleeping postures and provides proper breathing thus reducing snoring.
Improved Air Circulation
Due to the air spaces between the buckwheat hulls, it encourages air to pass through the pillow thus keep the head cool. Therefore, it provides a more comfortable sleep in hot and humid weather.
The average buckwheat pillow lasts for around 10 years if maintained properly. If some of the hulls falls out, all you have to do is replace it. This allows you to replace and replenish for many years to come.
Buckwheat pillows are considerably hard to find compared to other pillow types.
Buckwheat pillows are harder than normal pillows so it might take some time to get used to it. After that the comfort sets in and you will be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
There is slight rustling sound when you move your head on the pillow, this might be a turn off for some people. It is recommended to test the pillow at the store first and make sure you are comfortable with the sound.
The buckwheat hulls may have a slight odor that might be uncomfortable for some people. It is recommended to sun your pillow weekly to get rid of the smell.
The buckwheat hulls cannot be washed as they will be destroyed once they get wet. You can only wash the pillow cover.
Cheap, low quality buckwheat pillows may contain uncleaned buckwheat hulls, which may attract bugs. Make sure to buy only from reputable suppliers.
How to clean your Buckwheat Pillow
- Remove the hulls from the pillow cover.
- Spread the hulls out and let it sun for a few hours.
- Meanwhile, wash the pillow case.
- Place the buckwheat hulls back in.