Guests who don’t want to hop into a cold bed at one English hotel now have a novel way to warm up: by enlisting a staff member to do it for them.
So what does a human bed warmer do? A hotel staffer, dressed from head-to-toe in a white, fleecy getup that looks like a cross between a footed pajama set and a snowsuit, will get into your bed upon request and move around, generating some heat between those chilly sheets.
It’s akin to “having a giant hot water bottle in your bed,” Holiday Inn spokesperson Jane Bednall told Sky News.
The service may be well worth waiting around for five minutes before bedtime, since the UK has been experiencing notably nasty weather this winter.
“There’s plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop,” he said. “A warm bed – approximately 20 to 24C – is a good way to start this process, whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep.”
With that in mind, it seems like inviting a stranger into your hotel bed may not be such a bad idea – at least in this case.