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I've tried down pillows, down alternative, molded memory foam pillows. I've had
some luck with the memory foam pillows. However, I started waking up with a sore neck again the last month and I thought its time to replace the pillows. I read about buckwheat pillows (with mixed reviews on amazon). Then I was placing an order at MRH and saw that they carry organic buckwheat hulls. I ordered 5 lbs and poured it into a zippered pillow case and added a few drops of lavendar EO (the buckwheat hulls smell a little bit). OMG! My neck feels positively better the next day. I'm on day 2 now and I love the pillow. DH tried it last night, and he likes it too (he was skeptical at first). I'm going to get a big big bag of it and make some Christmas presents as well (think reheatable neck wraps and such...). The 5 lbs is not quite enough for a stardard size pillow so I'll probably add more in when my next order arrives. Just thought I'd mention it here.
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Nothing meaningful to add, only that the post made me smile because everytime I mentioned anything buckwheat, Paul (my deceased SO) would put his fingers together and say "OOOOOTAAAAY!"

The term "buckwheat pillows" is funny too. I don't think Buckwheat's mom would have appreciated people making pillows out of him.
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Hm! This wouldn't work for me because I'm a stomach sleeper, but I might try something for my DH. I know I love my buckwheat "travel pillow" ...the kind that's shaped like a mini-boppy... for sleeping on airplanes.

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Nothing meaningful to add, only that the post made me smile because everytime I mentioned anything buckwheat, Paul (my deceased SO) would put his fingers together and say "OOOOOTAAAAY!"

The term "buckwheat pillows" is funny too. I don't think Buckwheat's mom would have appreciated people making pillows out of him.


Oh I'm so glad I'm not the only one who immediately thought of Buckwheat from Little Rascals! LMAO!

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Ok, I started thinking of Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat and that's cracking me up.

But back to the *actual* topic: that is so good to know, because DH says he wants a buckwheat pillow (I recently got one and he likes it but says it's too small). I'd like to make him one for the holidays . . . . I was worried about the standard size pillow in buckwheat being too huge and heavy, but I'm glad to hear it works well!

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Where do you get a zippered pillow case?
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Hm! This wouldn't work for me because I'm a stomach sleeper...
I know this is an old topic, but I was browsing through - is there a reason why you couldn't use a buckwheat pillow as a stomach sleeper? I currently use a contoured memory foam pillow, but I'll be moving and I'm not sure if it will make the move with me. I'm interested in trying a buckwheat pillow, but I'm also a stomach/side sleeper.
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I'm a side or stomach sleeper, and it works well for me. I suppose if you have neck problems, you'd want to adjust the height and firmness by adding or removing buckwheat hulls. Some of the pillows are sewn shut and that makes adjustments difficult, if not impossible, but other than that, I can't think of why it would be a problem.

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I have never slept on a buckwheat pillow, but back when they first came out, I laid my head on one for a few minutes in the store. The buckwheat hulls seemed to move around making a crunchy noise all the time. Does the noise bother you, or do you not notice it after a while?
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yeah i also was wondering about the sound. Im a very light sleeper and also cosleep with dd

I have to say I have an organic cotton pillow, its small like a throw pillow and I love it. Im a stomach sleeper. I know pure cotton is not good for mites etc. But my pillow is so comfy.

If I were to get new pillows right now they would be pure wool fill. Im really big on wool ever since we got a wool mattress topper
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I own a memory foam contour pillow that cost me $70 on sale and I still get a sore neck
I think I will try this. Thanks!

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DH and I are on a never ending quest for decent pillows. Any feedback on the crunchy sound factor? I too am a light sleeper! And what's MRH?
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The crunchy sound doesn't bother me. It's something I've really gotten used to. I don't know if it bothers DH--he doesn't have a buckwheat pillow, but he has to listen to me moving mine around periodically in the night.

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The crunchy sound doesn't bother me, and I'm a side and back sleeper. I got the zippered pillow cases (cotton pillow protectors) from Bed Bath and Beyond. I just ordered more to make pillows for the whole family. Dh is sold on it and so are my dds.
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