Insider Story: Sales Supervisor & Elite Hockey Player,
Stop by HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York on any given day and you’ll probably find at least one hockey game in progress, maybe two, perhaps even three, if you include the adjacent KeyBank Center, where the NHL’s Sabres play. And at least once each week, year-round, you’ll find Josh Smith lacing up his skates and stepping out onto one of the facilities sheets of ice.
After years of playing college and junior hockey, Josh now plays in an elite league at HarborCenter. There are lots of players in the area, he says, and some even come in from Canada to play in his league. Josh has been playing since he was three years old, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.
When he’s not on the ice, or at his day job as a sales supervisor for an insurance company, Josh is still on the move, with other favorite pastimes including golf and, in the summer months, wakeboarding on a lake south of Buffalo, where his family owns a cottage.
A while back, Josh was having lower back pain that was slowing him down. “It was a feeling like a disc in your back was not in the right place,” he recalls. “It got to the point where I had to go to a chiropractor.” Playing hockey and other sports comes with some bumps and bruises, but Josh pinpointed another reason for this particular pain: his mattress. He and his girlfriend, Lauren, had purchased it when the bought their house, but after a year, it had already started to sink.
Josh had slept on a Sleep Number bed at a hotel, and he had fond memories of it: “It was probably one of the best nights of sleep that I’ve had.” So, he and Lauren went to their local Sleep Number store to try the various models and see what fit them best. They selected a Sleep Number 360 p6 bed. “I love it,” says Josh, “especially the fact that we can adjust the firmness. Lauren likes a soft mattress and I want more support.”
It’s made a difference, too: Josh no longer wakes up with back pain, which means he’s able to get up and go right away, whether it’s to work or to the rink.
Josh’s Sleep Number setting is 45 and Lauren’s is 25.
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