22 January 2010

The Mind Reels...

I wish this were a made-up story. It's not. But Holiday Inn beware: if I check in and someone who is not my wife hops in my bed, I Will. Freak. Out.

From Britain's Sky News:

'Human Bed Warming' Service Launched In UK

Holiday Inn, operator of over 4,000 hotels worldwide, will begin to offer a free five-minute "human bed warming service" at it's London Kensington hotel throughout next week.

If requested, a willing member of hotel staff will jump in your bed, dressed head to foot in an all-in-one sleeper suit, until your nightly chamber warms up.

"Like having a giant hot water bottle in your bed" is how Holiday Inn spokeswoman Jane Bednall described the idea.

Bed Warmers Jacqui Barry and Nick Woods (pictured) helped to beat the big freeze for Laurence Lancashire, centre, at the Holiday Inn Kingston-South in Surbiton, Surrey.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said the idea could help people get off to sleep.

He said: "There's plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop.

"A warm bed - approximately 20 to 24C - is a good way to start this process whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep.

"Holiday Inn's new bed warmers service should help people achieve a good night's sleep especially as it's taking much longer for them to warm up when they come in from the snow."


stunned said...

Maybe they should try electric blankets instead. You don't have to pay them a salary.

Peggy said...

Just put a hot water bottle in my bed then.

just wondering said...

this is just plain gross to me. i have enough trouble reconciling the fact that i'm sleeping in a bed that a countless number of strangers have slept in, doing any number of things and now they want to put the strangers in bed WITH me. uh-uh, no way, not happenin.