A new craze is taking over the Hospitality industry. As crazy as it sounds a hotel chain is employing human bed warmers. The bed warmers provide warmth to the bed before the guest climbs into their bed for the evening.
The walking electric blankets are dressed in a special all-in-one sleeper suit and are sent to warm the bed of the guest at the Holiday Inn before they get under the covers. It is in hope of providing guests get a good nights sleep.
Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, said "There's plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts at the beginning of the night when body temperature starts to drop. The decline occurs partly because the blood vessels of the hands, face and feet open up and release heat.
"A warm bed - approximately 20 to 24 degrees Celsius - is a good way to start this process whereas a cold bed would inhibit sleep. Holiday Inn's new bed warmers service should help people achieve a good night's sleep especially as it's taking much longer for them to warm up when they come in from the snow."
So during these cold winter nights, a "giant hot water bottle in your bed." as described by Holiday Inn spokeswoman Jane Bednall appears to help.