Buckwheat pillows have been used for a long time in Japan and have gained popularity in the West in recent years.
However a buckwheat mattress is something new and something very exciting.
These traditional pillows are filled with small individual buckwheat hulls that mould to the shape of your head and neck.
You can control the density by adding or removing as much buckwheat filling as you like.
I think the reason nobody came up with a buckwheat mattress for quite a long time is that the concept wouldn't work for the larger dimensions of a mattress, in the same way it works for a pillow. There would just be too much filling moving about in that large space and it would cause the mattress to become uneven.
The beauty of the buckwheat mattress on the market today is that it solves this impediment by using individual pods that are filled with buckwheat and then attaching the pods to one another to form the mattress.
The pods are evenly filled with buckwheat hulls so they maintain their shape and you don't have hulls traveling from one end of the mattress to the other. You then twist and tie the pods together in order to create the mattress, which ends up being made up of numerous pods.
The other great thing about it is that you can make the mattress as long or as wide as you want because you can arrange the pods in any way you like.
The key benefit of the buckwheat pillow is that the individual hulls have the ability to conform to the exact shape of your head. Unlike a regular pillow fiber that naturally fights against you to regain its shape the buckwheat just happily moves out of the way and supports your head.
The mattress works in exactly the same way. When you lie on it the buckwheat hulls will be dispersed. But they won't push back against you, in the same way that a cotton innerspring mattress would. Instead they hold you and give you firm and effective support. This allows your muscles to deeply relax as you sleep.
Two other key benefits are air flow and lack of dust mites. Buckwheat won't retain heat as the individual hulls will allow air to freely circulate, meaning you maintain a constant temperature through the night and won't overheat. Nor does your fill your mattress up with moisture. With regards to dust mites, they are not attracted to buckwheat so they simply are not a problem.
Open Your Eyes Bedding is the company that makes buckwheat hull mattresses. You have to order the Twist Pod Style Fabric Kit and then purchase the buckwheat hulls alongside it. They will let you know how much buckwheat you need depending on the size of the mattress.
Compared to some of the other natural and organic mattresses out there buckwheat is quite cheap.
A queen sized fabric kit and buckwheat fill together comes to $775. More expensive than a regular cheap mainstream mattress but much more affordable than some natural latex or natural memory foam models.