This is how many people have slept in your hotel bed

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There are many things that you may think about before booking a hotel and jumping into the bed, but it’s unlikely this is one of them. While it wouldn’t surprise anyone that countless other people have slept in the same bed before them – when you put a number to it, it really takes on a whole new meaning.

A recent study has uncovered, if you will, that almost 2000 people will sleep in the average hotel bed before you do. After examining hotel occupancy statistics for the past seven years, Furniture Choice discovered that, on average, 1891 people have slept on the same mattress before your room key hits that door.

Experts at the Sleep Council recommend that you change your mattress every seven years to avoid it becoming uncomfortable and unhygienic, but how often do hotels change theirs? One ‘head of housekeeping’, at a leading UK hotel chain, said, “On average we change our mattresses every five to seven years depending on how busy the hotel is; but we never leave it any longer, as by then the mattresses are ruined.”

Adding, “There are some instances that require us to replace a mattress immediately, such as when someone soils the bed – urine permeates through a mattress, and in some cases we have seen it leak through the base and onto the floor! Dust mites can also be an issue, as they feed off dead skin cells thus making bed mattresses a prime habitat for them to live in. This is why it is important to protect a mattress with a cover to prevent infiltration.”

If the thought of the above isn’t enough to have your skin crawling and give you a sleepless night, the survey also found that nearly one in four of the respondents admitted to sleeping naked. Which, according to our calculations, means that an average of 537 naked bodies have slept just a sheet away from your hotel mattress… BYO sheets from now on?

Do these statistics surprise you? Do you ever take any extra precautionary hygiene measures when staying in a hotel or accommodation that isn’t your own home?

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Total Comments: 23
  1. 0

    I do not stayed in hotels anymore — after the Olympics were here so many bed bugs seemed to have been around since then — I always used to take my own pillow — also ALWAYS wore thongs in the shower and around on any carpets also — and always took a spray bottle of Dettol to wipe all surfaces down and wash all the cups etc b4 I used them –so it is like having to do all the housework when you arrive if you stay in them these days — so never again for me, thought of it makes my skin creep.

    • 0

      That sounds like my wife in action. I understand but feel that if one wants to travel then one has to develop thick skin…..
      ot for the bed bugs though.

  2. 0

    Ooooh! – after reading the above, I don’t think I’m ever going to stay in a hotel, ever again!

    Brother and Sis-in-law stopped at a back-country motel some years back, for an overnight stay.
    The accommodation units were just ex-mining “dongas” – and when they opened the door to their room, it stank to high heaven – of SHEEP!
    Some grubby shearers had apparently been the previous occupants of the room!

    S-I-L pulls back the covers to check the sheets – and right in the middle of the bottom sheet, is the mark of a huge DOG pawprint!! LOL

  3. 0

    Five to seven years sounds way too long for a hotel.
    As for bringing your own sheets the only place we have ever needed those is in the Lautoka hotel in Fiji where the bed had disgusting sheets all with holes in them and more. Even when we got a change it was not much better.
    My biggest concern is rolling onto a place with bed bugs. Have not had that one yet. Luckily perhaps.

  4. 0

    IMO the ONLY way to travel in Aussie is in your OWN van as you know it is clean PLUS no packing and unpacking — Thats what I mostly did — I will never stay in a motel again

  5. 0

    My biggest bugbear is arriving tired at a motel and all you want to do is sleep.
    When you want to get into bed, you have to undo the hard tucked in blanket and out comes the bottom sheet with it.
    So before you can get a comfortable sleep you have to partuy make the bed.
    Can’t the motels have the upper bed clothes just hanging neatly down so you can crawl into bed straight away?

  6. 0

    I was on holiday when I came down with the flu. I coughed and sneezed on the pillow all night. I left a note for the staff pinned to the pillow to advice them. I can only hope they took action.

  7. 0

    Goodness !! Now you’ve turned me Paranoid !!:-( When I go to a New Girlfriends place now I take my own Sheets !! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  8. 0

    That’s why we caravan rather than staying in hotels. We have our own comfy bed wherever we go, and we are in control of the cleanliness of bedding. We know nobody else has slept on our mattress. We also don’t have to look for affordable restaurants or cafes for meals and hope the kitchen out back is clean. We eat what we choose, prepared by us in our own hygienic kitchen, and at much more affordably. It’s a great way to travel.

  9. 0

    I have no problem with accommodation we have stayed in…must have been lucky.

  10. 0

    I’ve checked for bedbugs when the accommodation was dodgy…pulled back the corners of the bottom sheets and checked (dried blood, spots etc – yuck). As well, I always wash the cups and saucers and wipe down common surfaces, door handles, tv.
    Last year spent a month in asia, 2 weeks of which were in china, beds were soooooo hard, accommodation was pretty ordinary, a once only trip, great wall terracotta warriors, bullet train.

    We mainly travel around this beautiful country in our van, so easy, cheap generally and most importantly clean.



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