Oh, my aching back. Haven’t you heard someone say that recently. Back injuries are a perennial problem. It could be too much yardwork, overzealous exercising, or a congenital condition. Athletes are prone to the problem, including me. Is it the basketball and sudden moves that twist the torso? I don’t think so. I have been playing ball for years with no ill effects. It usually happens when you are older but still want to participate in sports. Thus, senior citizens resort to swimming or golf. The lucky spry ones can play tennis. As for me, I am still young and vital and I don’t credit basketball with any bodily harm. I will worry about it when the time comes, but it is a long way away.

Meanwhile, I must consider what is causing my body to ache. I noticed that I am sore in the morning when I awake. The culprit is not sports but my mattress. I think it is time to replace. It has been eight years which the salesmen say is past a mattress’ prime. It also might be the result of buying something too cheap and soft. I didn’t think about any back problems as I was so young at the time. Now I realize my mistake. It is time to go mattress shopping. This is not a particularly interesting outing. It is also a frustrating one as there are so many choices. You have to listen to the salesman and try each one out. You don’t know what it will be like in thirty days. Sometimes they let you keep it for a week, but most often not. I would prefer to go that route to be sure and I finally found a store that would take care of delivery and pickup in the event that it didn’t work.

I believe I made the right decision going with a medium hard model. I woke up each morning with no pains in my lower back. I had gotten used to my old softie, and this one was so different. It didn’t take long, however, to be satisfied. When I was certain that I would keep my selection, I paid for it and also found a mattress protector and a new sheet set. Why not treat yourself and get new linens to go with the new mattress. Bedtime would no longer be something to fear. I now knew that I would wakeup refreshed. This would make playing basketball that much easier. Why did I wait so long? It always is about money. The expense was not horrendous and it turned out to be well worth it. I disposed of the old mattress not feeling that it had any life left.

I particularly like having a mattress cover as they say it keeps out dust mites and it repels liquids should you find yourself sipping water in bed and tipping the bottle over. It makes the mattress last longer which is a good economic factor. Hello a good night’s rest.