There's no doubt about it - millions of Americans, and tens of millions of people around the world are afflicted by allergy problems. Although there are an incredible amount of potential causes for allergies, there is one cause in particular that has known to be particularly aggrivating for many - down pillows.

For centuries, people have used down pillows for their comfort and their longevity. They are also inexpensive to produce. Made from actual bird feathers, they are literally as soft as a feather, however while they are very comfortable, the feathers can cause serious allergy problems for many people.

There are a variety of solutions to this problem. For example, within the last 50 years, cotton pillows have become extremely popular. They carry a lot less allergy problems than traditional down pillows and are also quite inexpensive. The pitfall with a cotton pillow is that they can quickly lose their "fluff" and drastically reduce in size, making them much harder, and much less comfortable.

To combat this, within the last 10 years, the memory foam pillow gained massive popularity. Designed with new technology, the foam contours to the shape of the head. This is also generally an allergen free product, however it does have its own disadvantages as well. The main problem with the memory foam pillow is the expense. They are typically quite a bit more expensive than a basic cotton pillow. Also, many people find them to feel less natural, leading to a poor night of sleep.

For these reasons, an old favorite has been resurrected and brought back to prominence - the buckwheat pillow. Buckwheat has actually been used in pillows for many years - in fact, it was first developed in ancient Egypt as one of the first materials ever used in pillows. Buckwheat pillows are a great option for an allergy free night of sleep. They are also affordable, and extremely comfortable. Now, it's even possible to purchase organic buckwheat pillows. These are buckwheat pillows made with buckwheat grown with no chemicals such as pesticides. While non-organic buckwheat pillows are generally still safe for use by humans, organic buckwheat pillows don't cost a whole lot more, and are sure to give you a great night's sleep!