I am still here in this plateau period. It feels like I am in a pit of quicksand. Greta Grypp is standing on the sideline waiting for me to struggle my way out of it. Of course, she is standing there tapping her booted foot holding the scale in her arms. Well, I’ll get out as soon as I can.
My focus these past several weeks has been to address the muscle-skeletal issues that I have experienced recently which has halted all of my exercise activities. My therapy at my chiropractor has really helped and I was 80% better until I had a setback on Labor Day weekend. In evaluating root causes for my muscle-skeletal issues, one of my discoveries was that I needed to replace my mattress because it was way too old.
I went to my local mattress store to begin my search. I soon realize that I did not really know how to select a mattress so I consulted with a sales person. I stretched out on a few for 10-15 mins to get a “feel” for the firmness. My old mattress was medium-firm with a pillowtop so I wanted that feel for my new selection. Finally, I decided to go with a high-end mattress with additional features for complete nightly relaxation. It was delivered to me the very next day.
I slept on it the first night and woke up to lower back pain. I slept on it the second night and woke up with worse pain than the day before. On the third night, I got up after only 1 hour on the mattress and went to my guest bedroom to sleep. Needless to say, I am returning the high-end mattress and resuming my search for a comfortable one.
I guess the moral is just because something is deemed “high-end, multi-featured” doesn’t mean it is better than the old “tried and true” version. This entire experience has taught me the value of sleeping on the right type of mattress for your body. Hopefully, I’ll get that figured out soon so I can get healed and back to exercising.
If you have any tips on selecting a mattress, please share them.