Buckwheat Pillows

Buckwheat pillows, which have been used in China and Japan for many centuries, are becoming increasingly popular among people with sleep issues and neck pain. Touted for their sleep-improving benefits, these pillows are filled with buckwheat hulls that have been cleaned thoroughly cleaned to remove any flour dust residue that has been known to cause allergies in some people.

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The clean hulls are stuffed into casings made of natural materials, such as linen and cotton.

Many buckwheat hull pillows come with a zipper to allow users to insert additional hulls to replace the ones that may have become compressed or misshapen after years of use.  

Naturopaths, chiropractors and other health professionals are increasingly endorsing the use of the buckwheat-stuffed pillows for people battling sleeping challenges.

The pillows can also help with neck strain that may be caused by poor ergonomics at work and other problems occasioned by poor posture. Buckwheat sleeping pillows are available from major retailers, both on and offline, and may be available in the offices of doctors specializing in sleep problems.


  • Buckwheat hulls are not easily compressed so they shift easily around the casing to conform to the shape of your head and neck. As a result, they provide firm support throughout the night and help maintain the neutral position of your neck as you sleep. This helps prevent aches and pains associated with constantly shifting your head during the night to find a comfortable position.

  • The pillows are extremely durable, and have been known to last users up to ten years or more.

  • Buckwheat hull pillows are cool and dry and are well-suited for people who experience night sweats and/or who get extremely hot at night. 


  • The hardness of buckwheat hulls can be uncomfortable for some people at first. In addition, the pillows are not for use by babies and young children.

  • The pillows can be noisy because of the shifting motion of the hulls that occurs every time you turn to change your sleeping position.

  • They are difficult to clean and require a substantial amount of time to dry. In addition, hulls may begin to rot if exposed to water and give your pillow a musty order.

In summary, pillows made from buckwheat can be a great natural alternative to traditional pillows for individuals with sleep problems, as well as those who suffer from mild aches and pains during the night. For more information pillow types an options, please see the articles listed below.

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