Buckwheat Pillows – Do they really work?

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.

Reduces Snoring
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.

Long Lasting

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.

Improve your sleeping posture with Buckwheat Pillow


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

  1. Remove the hulls from the pillow cover.
  2. Spread the hulls out and let it sun for a few hours.
  3. Meanwhile, wash the pillow case.
  4. Place the buckwheat hulls back in.

How To Fall Asleep Faster


Need to fall asleep now? Have an important meeting tomorrow? Here are some methods I use when I have trouble falling asleep at night. Perhaps it might help you too!

Listen to ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). ASMR is the “weird head feeling” or “head tingles,” when you hear a certain sound. Here are some videos that have helped me sleep (remember not to turn the volume up too high):

If it doesn’t  work another alternative I use is White Noise to mask out other noises.
Out of all the 6 sounds, Grey Noise works for me.

Try relaxing sounds, like the sounds of the ocean and the sound of rain.

Make sure there‘s no light in your room, not even the light from your laptop or alarm clock. Place them where you can’t see them. Or if not place something to block out the lights.

Change sleeping position.
I usually sleep on my back. Lying on my sides does help some times.

Use aromatherapy.
The scent of Lavender works for me.

What methods do you use to fall asleep quicker?

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ASMR, The Good Feeling No One Can Explain
Lavender – The Sweet Scent of Sleep
10 superfoods to help you sleep well

Buckwheat to Help Sleep

Buckwheat contains a high level of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that our body cannot product on its own. In our bodies, tryptophan will change into a brain chemical called serotonin. Serotonin can help improve our sleep.

Turkey, milk, cheese and nuts are some of the foods that contains tryptophan.

Maybe this is why drinking a warm cup of milk at night can make us feel sleepy faster!

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