Let me preface this with the fact: I love sleep. Often I wake up in the morning and can't wait to get some more! Upon arriving at Wheaton Laboratories and checking into the bunk room as the final arrival I was designated one of the top bunks. And after one night on a well worn spring mattress I knew it was time to find some kind of padding or cushion, something to reunite me with a good nights sleep. So I began my search for a mattress topper that meets Paul's standards for natural and organic.
A big thanks to the folks over at OpenYourEyesBedding.com they were kind enough to offer one of their Organic Muslin Mattress Toppers and a big sack of buckwheat hulls.
First impressions are the most important and there's something very fun about a giant bag of buckwheat hulls and plunging your hands into them!
The topper itself is broken down into four compartments with neatly stitched velcro seals to be filled with buckwheat to the density you prefer. Funnel not included, but an empty vinegar jug did the trick. I like a fairly firm mattress for support around my middle and lower back and a little more give around my shoulders and head and with the malleability of buckwheat hulls and individualized compartments I was able to fill each to provide the firmness zones I needed.
After the first few nights I am very pleased. The topper is quite comfortable and the hulls also provide unique sleeping surface akin to memory foam but with more support and firmness. Even if roll over or change positions a little wriggling can set the hulls to my new position. The natural materials provide and all around sleep experience, the smell of the buckwheat wafts through the sheets, which I really enjoy, as well as a light rustling of leaves which is very soothing.
Being a part of the generation of factory-made and potentially toxic products it was a revelation to me at the comfort that comes from a product made from all natural and renewable materials. So if you are looking for an all natural organic mattress, a topper or body pillow I highly recommend you check out OpenYourEyesBedding.com and look at some of their unique sleep solutions and try out one of their sample pods.
I would like to make an addendum to my review, concerning the buckwheat hulls themselves. I am prone to slight hay-fever and seasonal allergies and as an asthmatic and a face-plant style sleeper after a few nights sleeping on the hulls triggered a reaction. While known as a hypoallergenic option they are known to trigger an allergic reaction in some. I must recommend if you do have a history of asthma or allergies in general, try one of the sample pods to test your reaction or visit your allergist and test for a buckwheat allergy. While I truly love the support and comfort of the buckwheat brings me, this was not the best way to discover I have a slight buckwheat sensitivity.