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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.

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.

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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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73 Comments on "Get Paid to Sleep at Work: Get a Job as a Bed Tester"

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sam burke
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hi i was wondering how much this job gets payed

Wendy Miller
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How do I apply?

Kelly
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How do I apply? I love sleeping in general so this would be really fun lol!

wanda williams
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i would enjoy helping companies, hotels,etc find great beds for comfort. keeping guests happy with a great nights sleep. how do i apply?

Jose
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I would love this job!!! Where and how can i apply for it???

ChocolateHydra
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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.

Andrea
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I’m from Wisconsin. Cancer survivor of 2007. How do you apply?

lee
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help me help me

JAG
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This article doesn’t provide any details on where to find such a job opportunity. Most frustrating! I’m going back to bed!

Troy
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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

Venkat prasad singh
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Hi i’m Interested. please can you give detail how i can do this.
and how to apply
please please

gabino godinez
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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

Wayne white
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How do I apply for a job as a bed tester?

Bell
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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.

Benjamin Campbell
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How do I apply & it would be a true honor for me.

mmt
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Pls how can i apply

Zoltan
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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.

tamw36
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How and where do I apply I feel I would be a good employee to test beds, can you please send me more information..

Lol
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That why it a dream job I a heavy sleeper I love to lay In bed never run walk lol

josh
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How do I apply?

Janice
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I really would love this job. How do l apply please?

Rosario
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How do I apply?

ChocolateHydra
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Well, All but, JAG and Jana. I would hire those, Maybe.

Jana
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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.

Flavio Razquin
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Im ready, let’s go!

Sylvia Puga
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hello my name is sylvia i am interested in this position can i please have the information on how to apply

Chidiebere
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I am intrested how do apply!

Maria Aros-Ponton
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I would like to apply for a mattress tester and to fix teddy bears. Please send information.
Thanks

Maria

Justine
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How do you apply

Joanne Hance
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I am interested. Please can you give me more details how I can do this.

Michael
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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..

Waymon young
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How do I apply

laurence mcneill
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how do i apply

ishwar singh
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Hello,i am interested in this,would you please tell me how can i apply for it.thank u

Grant Alexander
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I am a brain injury survivor who is currently jobless, I’d love this! I need to do this!

Aisha
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Would love an opportunity to have a career like this.

luke dowling
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meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee want itttttttttttttt

adam nettles
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I’d love to do this job hit me up

Harish
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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

Samuel
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I would to be a part of this company
Cmon, I get paid to sleep literally
I am down 🙂

cooki e
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need more info

jalan
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i want to do it

chris padain
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more information please

Michelle
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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!

Patricia Randolph
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What companies hire for this position

Princess Smith
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Hi how do i apply.

Danisha Elkins
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I woud love to have a job like this

Amitabh Kr Jolly
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What to do for the same

Nasir shaikh
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I need a sleeper job because I like n love sleep so how did I get this job I am from India and ready to move in your country if I get this job

D\'Jenhane Theodore
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I would like this job.

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