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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  1. 33 Justine 30 Jan
    How do you apply
  2. 32 Joanne Hance 26 Jan
    I am interested. Please can you give me more details how I can do this.
  3. 31 Michael 03 Jan
    I can so do this job..i have three kids,I recently got laid wife has been working while i take care of the kids..but bills are piling up and in need of a good paying job..
  4. 30 Waymon young 02 Jan
    How do I apply
  5. 29 laurence mcneill 29 Dec
    how do i apply
  6. 28 ishwar singh 16 Dec
    Hello,i am interested in this,would you please tell me how can i apply for it.thank u
  7. 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
  8. 26 Grant Alexander 04 Dec
    I am a brain injury survivor who is currently jobless, I'd love this! I need to do this!
  9. 25 Aisha 03 Dec
    Would love an opportunity to have a career like this.
  10. 24 luke dowling 02 Dec
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  11. 23 adam nettles 24 Nov
    I'd love to do this job hit me up
  12. 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
  13. 21 Samuel 19 Oct
    I would to be a part of this company Cmon, I get paid to sleep literally I am down :)
  14. 20 cooki e 10 Sep
    need more info
  15. 19 jalan 10 Sep
    i want to do it
  16. 18 chris padain 12 Aug
    more information please
  17. 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!
  18. 16 Patricia Randolph 29 Jun
    What companies hire for this position
  19. 15 Princess Smith 06 Jun
    Hi how do i apply.
  20. 14 Danisha Elkins 25 May
    I woud love to have a job like this
  21. 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?
  22. 12 Jasvant Singh 25 Apr
    please send me information, I m interested in this field
  23. 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
  24. 10 gwendolyn curry 31 Jan
    Please send information I am very intrested
  25. 9 Amber 23 Nov
    Fantastic job -- how do I apply
  26. 8 imrankhan 31 Oct
    how can I apply for this job
  27. 7 Kris 21 Oct
    Where could I apply to get a bed tester job & what would they have to do?
  28. 6 jitendra Kumar Sharma 21 Sep
    fantastic job tell me how do I join
  29. 5 Nishar Ahmad 18 Sep
    Fantastic job tell me how do I apply.?d
  30. 4 shivam jain 15 Sep
    fantastic job tell me how do i join
  31. 3 Lisa 07 Sep
    I would love to try this job so can someone get back to me so I can get started
  32. 2 Mira 01 Aug
    ok this is my perfect job - how do I apply?
  33. 1 jordan moran 06 May
    im a dosser


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