This is how many people have slept in your hotel bed

Hotel beds may feel luxurious with their fresh clean sheets, but how clean are they really?

This is how many people have slept in your hotel bed

SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her favourite place in the world so far is Positano, where she spent most of her time enjoying the view from her balcony at Hotel Buca Di Bacco.

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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    PlanB
    3rd Dec 2016
    8:10am
    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.
    MICK
    3rd Dec 2016
    10:01am
    That sounds like my wife in action. I understand but feel that if one wants to travel then one has to develop thick skin.....not for the bed bugs though.

    3rd Dec 2016
    9:48am
    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
    MICK
    3rd Dec 2016
    9:59am
    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.
    PlanB
    3rd Dec 2016
    2:11pm
    They would not have cared less Nan,-- thats why I always took my own pillow -- never know what or who had sneezed or dribbled on theirs
    particolor
    3rd Dec 2016
    2:25pm
    Ah ! Ah !! AH CHOO !!! :-) :-)
    PlanB
    3rd Dec 2016
    10:20am
    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
    particolor
    3rd Dec 2016
    2:26pm
    Same Here !! :-) :-)
    B5YCK
    3rd Dec 2016
    11:53am
    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?
    Nan Norma
    3rd Dec 2016
    12:44pm
    B5YCK You have my deepest sympathy.
    particolor
    3rd Dec 2016
    2:31pm
    The Covers hanging down make it a lot easier on the FLEES to jump aboard !! A flee can jump a Thousand times its own size. :-) BOING !!
    Sleep Tight :-) :-)
    Nan Norma
    3rd Dec 2016
    12:47pm
    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.
    particolor
    3rd Dec 2016
    2:34pm
    "Thank You Mrs Nan Norman !! :-) We turned the Pillow Over " :-) :-)
    particolor
    3rd Dec 2016
    2:40pm
    Goodness !! Now you've turned me Paranoid !!:-( When I go to a New Girlfriends place now I take my own Sheets !! :-) :-) :-)
    JAID
    5th Dec 2016
    7:31am
    Might have to give up the one-night-stands Parti.

    3rd Dec 2016
    7:39pm
    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.
    particolor
    3rd Dec 2016
    8:28pm
    Check !! :-)
    PlanB
    4th Dec 2016
    6:55am
    The only way to travel
    Anonymous
    5th Dec 2016
    5:00pm
    I think it all depends on who runs the hotels/motels.
    Obviously it does not affect people who love cruising...I am sure if there were problems it would be stamped on very quickly by the cruise lines. They cannot afford to lose customers through bad housekeeping.

    Our cabin was spotless and every clean and we were not ill at all.
    particolor
    5th Dec 2016
    5:15pm
    See !! it pays to Air the Sheets on the Deck Railing , that Sea breeze will kill anything !! :-) :-) :-)

    5th Dec 2016
    4:57pm
    I have no problem with accommodation we have stayed in...must have been lucky.
    particolor
    5th Dec 2016
    5:18pm
    Bitey's don't like Everyone you know !! :-) :-)
    CindyLou
    7th Dec 2016
    12:07am
    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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