Get Paid to Sleep at Work: Get a Job as a Bed Tester

Some people hate to get out of bed to go to work in the morning. Other people go to work in the morning to get back in bed.

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Hotel Chatter called attention to the dream job of professional bed tester when it profiled Travelodge's Director of Sleep, Wayne Munnelly, back in 2006. Munnelly was paid to nap on the company's 25,000 beds. He would check the lighting in the room and pay attention to how sound-proof the walls were. Pillows, blankets, and mattresses had to meet his comfort standards to be part of a Travelodge bed.

As noteworthy as this wild and wacky job is, it is not as uncommon as you may think. Jo Unsworth of London, England is a full-time duvet tester for John Lewis department store. In her quest to help her customers find the perfect bedding, she diligently crawls into bed and sleeps in all of the company's products. Her personal favorite and recommendation is a big, thick goose-down duvet.

If you are looking for a temporary gig, you may want something similar to student Roisin Madigan's 2009 temp job. Madigan worked with the luxury bed company, Simon Horn Ltd., which supplies beds to the Savoy Hotel. Madigan was hired to test beds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the showroom under various conditions simulating the typical traveler's experiences: sometimes after drinking alcohol, sometimes after drinking caffeine, as well as with different lighting and sound arrangements. The company also adjusted the temperature in the room, as that can affect a person's ability to sleep even in the most comfortable of beds. Madigan had the added difficulty of sleeping in the showroom while people were milling about. That, we hope, does not simulate the typical traveler's experience.

As part of her month-long employment, Madigan also blogged about the various beds she slept in for the company. Great work, if you can get it.

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68 Comments

  1. 68 Eugenio Delgado 22 May
    I'm always in bed 8 to 10 hours daily .i would like to know how to get a job in this field.
  2. 67 Kunegunda 16 May
    How do I apply?
  3. 66 Mattress Tester 13 May
    I love being a mattress tester for Serta! Certainly beats my old job as skin diver for Roto Rooter!
  4. 65 Carol more 08 May
    I am of the older generation very active and love my sleep , I can interact with customers if needed , I have also been a deodorant tester in a previous time , my number is 07808727926 Kind regards Carol
  5. 64 Marc Earl 22 Apr
    I am looking for a position. I could realy use the work. 32-year-old. Male healthy and coherent.
  6. 63 James Lep 21 Apr
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  7. 62 Anant Pareek 21 Apr
    I'm interested in this Job. My record to sleep is 22 hrs in one go.
  8. 61 Efrain Sosa 20 Apr
    I'm an experienced sleeper been doing it for 19 years now plz contact me I'm the perfect guy for this job 🙂
  9. 60 LaPrincia Hobdy 17 Apr
    Hello I'm interested in this job seriously I'm a college student and I need a fun job like this to bring in extra money please please May I have the information on where to apply.
  10. 59 lee 11 Apr
    help me help me
  11. 58 Kelly 09 Apr
    How do I apply? I love sleeping in general so this would be really fun lol!
  12. 57 jose diaz rosa 08 Apr
    i have trouble with my back ..in i wonna became a bed tester my cell number is 319-541-0194 please let me know
  13. 56 Troy 07 Apr
    Hey Im interested in becoming a bed tester so I would appreciate it if you can shoot me an email with details on where and how to get an application...thanks alot
  14. 55 Venkat prasad singh 07 Apr
    Hi i'm Interested. please can you give detail how i can do this. and how to apply please please
  15. 54 gabino godinez 03 Apr
    I would like some more information about a bed tester sounds like a wierd but fun Job to have in the mornings please email me back with info about where i can apply. Thank you
  16. 53 Wayne white 31 Mar
    How do I apply for a job as a bed tester?
  17. 52 Bell 30 Mar
    I have problems sleeping in beds because of acid reflux. This would be a great opportunity to test and see what beds others that have this problem would be able to sleep in. Most of us have to sleep in a chair or recliner.
  18. 51 Benjamin Campbell 29 Mar
    How do I apply & it would be a true honor for me.
  19. 50 mmt 28 Mar
    Pls how can i apply
  20. 49 Zoltan 27 Mar
    Hi ! I am 27 years old men. I working in underground night time. So my day time is free. I think everybody can like this kind job , i am not different. Please if you need taster write to my email. Thank you. Have a good day.
  21. 48 tamw36 27 Mar
    How and where do I apply I feel I would be a good employee to test beds, can you please send me more information..
  22. 47 Lol 25 Mar
    That why it a dream job I a heavy sleeper I love to lay In bed never run walk lol
  23. 46 josh 19 Mar
    How do I apply?
  24. 45 Jose 15 Mar
    I would love this job!!! Where and how can i apply for it???
  25. 44 Janice 12 Mar
    I really would love this job. How do l apply please?
  26. 43 Rosario 09 Mar
    How do I apply?
  27. 42 ChocolateHydra 29 Feb
    Well, All but, JAG and Jana. I would hire those, Maybe.
  28. 41 ChocolateHydra 29 Feb
    Wow. If I was a manager, I wouldn't hire any of these people. I mean, Look how they type! They can't even put a little effort in their spelling. That's really sad. This is the reason why my generation is seen as stupid. They really should go back to school. Even a 5 year old could do better.
  29. 40 JAG 24 Feb
    This article doesn't provide any details on where to find such a job opportunity. Most frustrating! I'm going back to bed!
  30. 39 Jana 22 Feb
    I would love to have this job and I would be perfect for it. My most favorite thing to do is to sleep and I don't mind if somebody's walking or standing near or watching. I have experience in customer services and done a lot of traveling and staying in hotels of high class and more modest ones as well. I've been to Travel Lodge.
  31. 38 Flavio Razquin 21 Feb
    Im ready, let's go!
  32. 37 Andrea 20 Feb
    I'm from Wisconsin. Cancer survivor of 2007. How do you apply?
  33. 36 Sylvia Puga 19 Feb
    hello my name is sylvia i am interested in this position can i please have the information on how to apply
  34. 35 Chidiebere 12 Feb
    I am intrested how do apply!
  35. 34 Maria Aros-Ponton 09 Feb
    I would like to apply for a mattress tester and to fix teddy bears. Please send information. Thanks Maria
  36. 33 Justine 30 Jan
    How do you apply
  37. 32 Joanne Hance 26 Jan
    I am interested. Please can you give me more details how I can do this.
  38. 31 Michael 03 Jan
    I can so do this job..i have three kids,I recently got laid off..my wife has been working while i take care of the kids..but bills are piling up and in need of a good paying job..
  39. 30 Waymon young 02 Jan
    How do I apply
  40. 29 laurence mcneill 29 Dec
    how do i apply
  41. 28 ishwar singh 16 Dec
    Hello,i am interested in this,would you please tell me how can i apply for it.thank u
  42. 27 bhasker sharma 07 Dec
    Sir/madam i want to work with you all as an employee please can you send me your details for applying this job I will be highly thankful to your company
  43. 26 Grant Alexander 04 Dec
    I am a brain injury survivor who is currently jobless, I'd love this! I need to do this!
  44. 25 Aisha 03 Dec
    Would love an opportunity to have a career like this.
  45. 24 luke dowling 02 Dec
    meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee want itttttttttttttt
  46. 23 adam nettles 24 Nov
    I'd love to do this job hit me up
  47. 22 Harish 01 Nov
    I m interested for this job nd will be great honour be a part of your company. So pls send me details that how i apply for this
  48. 21 Samuel 19 Oct
    I would to be a part of this company Cmon, I get paid to sleep literally I am down :)
  49. 20 cooki e 10 Sep
    need more info
  50. 19 jalan 10 Sep
    i want to do it
  51. 18 chris padain 12 Aug
    more information please
  52. 17 Michelle 09 Aug
    I think I would be perfect for that type of work, I have already traveled quite a bit and stayed in a wide range of sleeping accommodations, both the classy and the cheapest. I would not even mind being watched or having strangers mill around me while I slept. I can be a deep sleeper at times, and a light sleeper depending on conditions. If you have more information on where to apply for this type of position and what position name to call it, I would be grateful. Thank you for the article!
  53. 16 Patricia Randolph 29 Jun
    What companies hire for this position
  54. 15 Princess Smith 06 Jun
    Hi how do i apply.
  55. 14 Danisha Elkins 25 May
    I woud love to have a job like this
  56. 13 Kuldeep 29 Apr
    I really wanted this type of job.I can do this job patiently. I want to do this job.Any help?How to apply?Where to apply?
  57. 12 Jasvant Singh 25 Apr
    please send me information, I m interested in this field
  58. 11 Mr DAvid J Page 26 Feb
    Please tell me more how I could get started in this field as love travellung around the uk & also make comments on room decor bed & pillow firmness & noise nuisance all these areas go well in accrediting hotel stars & ratings
  59. 10 gwendolyn curry 31 Jan
    Please send information I am very intrested
  60. 9 Amber 23 Nov
    Fantastic job -- how do I apply
  61. 8 imrankhan 31 Oct
    how can I apply for this job
  62. 7 Kris 21 Oct
    Where could I apply to get a bed tester job & what would they have to do?
  63. 6 jitendra Kumar Sharma 21 Sep
    fantastic job tell me how do I join
  64. 5 Nishar Ahmad 18 Sep
    Fantastic job tell me how do I apply.?d
  65. 4 shivam jain 15 Sep
    fantastic job tell me how do i join
  66. 3 Lisa 07 Sep
    I would love to try this job so can someone get back to me so I can get started
  67. 2 Mira 01 Aug
    ok this is my perfect job - how do I apply?
  68. 1 jordan moran 06 May
    im a dosser

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