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Editor's Note: Juli Shimodaira is the Founder & CEO of Needle Happy. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA with her extremely shy fiancé and her adorable white Pomeranian, Momo.
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Insomnia. It was a tough battle, but I defeated it. I never really had any problems sleeping when I was younger. I could sleep fourteen hours straight with no problems whatsoever. But the older I got, the more difficult it became to fall and stay asleep. I would sleep two hours and wake up. Then I would toss and turn for about half an hour trying to go back to sleep. When that didn’t work I would look for my handy remote and start watching infomercials for juicers to slim your waistline and carpet cleaners to clean up after Fido. Before I knew it, it was time to hop in the shower and head over to work. Exhausted and grumpy, I would show up at work feeling far from able to perform at my best.
I wanted to break away from this cycle, but how? Why could I not stay asleep? Was it stress related? I am pretty sure that there are many of you that struggle with the same exact problem. We all lead very busy lives with so many things to do and so many responsibilities that we have to worry about. Regardless of the reasons why, we are all looking for answers on how to stop relying on Mr. Remote. I found my remedy, which can become yours as well.
Buckwheat Hull Pillows. How in the world did I ever come up with this? Just ask my Grandma.
Every summer growing up was spent in Japan. My grandma made a pillow for me when I was very little and I was told to always use this pillow. She would tell me time and time again that it was good for me. A pillow that was good for my health? Hmmm... I guess I was a little skeptical about this. I knew that consuming buckwheat was very good for your health, but placing it underneath your head when you go to sleep? No way! Then I decided to do some research of my own.
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What are Buckwheat Hulls?
- Buckwheat hulls are external husks that protect the kernel of the buckwheat.
- The husks are cleaned after the kernels have been removed and then placed inside of pillows.
- Most people who suffer from allergies are usually allergic to synthetic fibers and feathers and often turn to buckwheat hull pillows since these hulls are natural and renewable.
The five key health benefits of buckwheat hull pillows:
- Helps relax tendons and muscles in your neck which helps you sleep in the correct posture.
- Promotes deep sleep for mental health and physical healing and relaxation.
- Relaxes muscles and lowers blood pressure.
- Allows you to sleep in the ideal posture which reduces neck and back pain. This also helps you breathe better, relieving snoring and sleep apnea.
- Relieves tension headaches while helping you fall asleep deeper and sooner.
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I tried drinking a cup of hot chamomile tea before bedtime, taking a warm relaxing bubble bath and placing lavender oil in my room for relaxation, but none of these natural fixes worked for me. Now desperate for a solution, I remembered what my Grandma had said and decided to turn to buckwheat hull pillows. I was not used to the distinct noise that buckwheat hull pillows make when you lay your head down, but just after three days, I was able to sleep ten hours straight. I personally call it my miracle pillow. As cheesy as it may sound, it worked when nothing else did.
If you are relying on Mr. Remote all night every night, then I highly recommend using buckwheat hull pillows. It simply works!
- Buckwheat Profile: http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/specialty_crops/buckwheat_profile.cfm
- Allergies & Buckwheat Pillows: http://naturalremediesbase.com/natural-remedies-cures/pillow-causing-allergies-buckwheat-pillows.html
- Benefits of Using a Buckwheat Pillow: http://healthhow.net/health/benefits-of-using-a-buckwheat-pillow
- Photo courtesy of http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/buckwheat-photos