When you’re shopping around for a Cpap pillow to use with your sleep apnea mask, you’ll come across two major types of pillows. One of these types is filled with buckwheat hulls. Now buckwheat is not a cereal, as many people think, but a fruit that is a relative of the rhubarb. The Koreans and the Japanese have used buckwheat-filled pillows in their bedrooms for centuries.
The buckwheat is hulled, and the hull is roasted to remove any potential contaminants that could be present in the fillers. This ‘roasting’ is a requirement of the US government to prevent spreading plant diseases and pests. This hull then goes into your Cpap pillow.
Pros of a Buckwheat Pillow
You’ll find buckwheat Cpap pillows often advertised as being ‘flexible’ or ‘adjustable’. This simply refers to the fact that like a beanbag, you can force the pillow to mould around your head and settle into the most comfortable position for you. The mask tubing can also conveniently be adjusted over the pillow.
Of course another great advantage of buckwheat is that it is natural and chemical-free, unlike memory foam. It’s also cool and comfortable to use, unlike memory foam which can heat up around the head.
Cons of a Buckwheat Pillow
The only problem buckwheat pillows have is that they cannot be washed. You can’t put them in the washing machine since soaking the hulls in water will end up ruining them. Instead, manufacturers will design pillows with removable covers that you can remove and wash separately.
You may also need to get used to the kind of firm support that buckwheat pillows provide. If you don’t enjoy the firmness, you may find a suitable Cpap pillow that uses a mixture of buckwheat and memory foam shreds as filler. This will give you the best of both worlds – the flexibility of buckwheat and the softness of memory foam.