1% Thursday: Try a Buckwheat Pillow

This week, try a buckwheat pillow to cool your head.

I got my first buckwheat pillow many, many years ago.  At times I’ve gone back to a regular pillow, but always return to the buckwheat as quickly as possible.  I don’t care that it fills up half of my suitcase when I travel – I take it wherever I go, and always sleep on the same pillow every night.

I realize some people love them, and some people can’t stand them.  But let me tell you why I love them.

Naturally, one of the biggest reasons why people buy buckwheat pillows is because of the support they offer to your head and neck.  They give strong support and contour naturally to your size and shape.  Not only that, you can easily shift things around just the way you want, and the pillow will stay that way.  No more pillow fluffing up by your mouth and nose so you can’t breath easily.

But one of the most wonderful features for the headache or migraine sufferer is how quickly they cool.  They don’t hold in heat the way a lot of traditional pillows do.

And if you have a freezer big enough, put your buckwheat pillow in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for half and hour before you go to bed.  It feels wonderful!

Personally, I also like the slight natural smell, which seems to block out the chemical unnatural smells around that can so irritate you when you’re sick.

Finally, many people use buckwheat because of allergies to traditional foam or feather pillows.

So where do you get these?  First, you can make your own.  Here’s some advice on making your own buckwheat pillow.

However, don’t tell yourself you’re going to make one, and delay for 6 weeks!  You can most likely buy buckwheat pillows locally, though they may be of varying quality.  The video below will give you some tips on what to look for.

Finally, there are many available online.  Try these buckwheat pillows.  I recommend you consider this buckwheat pillow, which is organic and hand made – beautiful.

And now, for our feature presentation…

What is 1% Thursday?

1% Thursday

Every Thursday at Headache and Migraine News (weather permitting) we’ll talk about one measurable, practical thing we can do to make our lives just 1% better.  Usually it will be something very easy, sometimes it will be a challenge.  Let us know if you try it, or share an idea of your own – and maybe a year from now we’ll see that things have really changed for the better!

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