Posted by: Josey | January 21, 2010

Who’s Been Sleeping in [Your] Bed? Ask the Holiday Inn

In a scene stolen directly from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Holiday Inn hotel chain is offering “human bed warmers” to curl up under the covers in your guest room before you do. The Telegraph reports that this experimental amenity—”free five-minute bed-warming sessions”—will begin its trial in London and Manchester locations in late January.

“There’s plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop. The decline occurs partly because the blood vessels of the hands, face and feet open up and release heat. A warm bed—approximately [68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit]—is a good way to start this process, whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep,” says Dr. Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre.

Personally, I enjoy slipping into a crisp bed; I even flip my pillow to its cool side several times each night. But beyond the temperature factor, am I the only one who finds this amenity entirely unsanitary? Even if the “human bed warmers” will wear “special one-piece sleeper suits,” I’d still want my sheets changed before I’d lie down (hence defeating the whole purpose, I realize). Am I being a clean freak? Does a “human bed warmer” sound appealing to you? Let me know in the comments section below.

Thanks for the lead, Kyle of Carl Miller and Son real estate!


  1. There are millions of things wrong with this idea, obviously…but have these people ever heard of a heating pad?

  2. Unless I were single and bed warmer was Johnny Depp, then no.

  3. […] PDRTJS_settings_75077_post_6777 = { "id" : "75077", "unique_id" : "wp-post-6777", "title" : "So.+Very.+Wrong.", "item_id" : "_post_6777", "permalink" : "" } You know that cozy, warm feeling you get when you crawl back into bed after popping out for a moment?  Well, now you can have the “warm spot” effect thanks to “Human Bed Warmer’s”. […]

  4. @Dan: I know! The article compares them to hot water bottles, and I’m thinking, “Uh, I’ll take the hot water bottle, thanks very much.”
    @Brenda: Amen, sister!

  5. I just came back to say thanks for the mental image. Don’t judge.

  6. ew, ew, ew!

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