I really screwed up. I pushed my body too hard a few weeks ago – tennis (3x), softball, and biking – and by Friday morning, when I got out of bed, my back was stiff and sore.
I’ve rested it for a couple weeks, but it continues to be aggravated. I’ve come to believe that our bed – now 13 years old – is part of the problem and needs to be replaced.
I remember a mattress salesman telling us 30 years ago that it is “the most important piece of furniture you’ll ever buy” because you use it so much everyday. Its hard to argue with that assessment when your back is stiff.
Now we are thinking of making the jump to one of those adjustable firmness air mattress set-ups that let you set specific firmness levels for each side. They get very good reviews and are HQ’d locally in Minnesota.
They are also much more expensive than any bed that we’ve ever bought. It looks like the basic ones sell for $2-3K, the fancier ones from $5-6K, and the ones with all the bells-and-whistles as much as $10K.
At those prices, it feels like we are buying a used car, not simply a bed. Still, my sore back will appreciate the investment. How have you approached the important business of buying a bed/mattress?
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