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. 23 adam nettles 24 Nov
    I'd love to do this job hit me up
  2. 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
  3. 21 Samuel 19 Oct
    I would to be a part of this company Cmon, I get paid to sleep literally I am down :)
  4. 20 cooki e 10 Sep
    need more info
  5. 19 jalan 10 Sep
    i want to do it
  6. 18 chris padain 12 Aug
    more information please
  7. 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!
  8. 16 Patricia Randolph 29 Jun
    What companies hire for this position
  9. 15 Princess Smith 06 Jun
    Hi how do i apply.
  10. 14 Danisha Elkins 25 May
    I woud love to have a job like this
  11. 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?
  12. 12 Jasvant Singh 25 Apr
    please send me information, I m interested in this field
  13. 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
  14. 10 gwendolyn curry 31 Jan
    Please send information I am very intrested
  15. 9 Amber 23 Nov
    Fantastic job -- how do I apply
  16. 8 imrankhan 31 Oct
    how can I apply for this job
  17. 7 Kris 21 Oct
    Where could I apply to get a bed tester job & what would they have to do?
  18. 6 jitendra Kumar Sharma 21 Sep
    fantastic job tell me how do I join
  19. 5 Nishar Ahmad 18 Sep
    Fantastic job tell me how do I apply.?d
  20. 4 shivam jain 15 Sep
    fantastic job tell me how do i join
  21. 3 Lisa 07 Sep
    I would love to try this job so can someone get back to me so I can get started
  22. 2 Mira 01 Aug
    ok this is my perfect job - how do I apply?
  23. 1 jordan moran 06 May
    im a dosser


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