Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rash of Nude Sleepwalkers in British Hotels

Employees at the Travelodge chain of hotels across Britain will be receiving some specialized training in dealing with an unusual type of problem customer: the nude sleepwalker.

Travelodge employees report 400 instances of nude sleepwalking in just the last year alone. The hotel chain's research discovered instances in 310 hotels and these somnambulant travelers can show up in all areas of the hotel, including the front lobby where they often ask for a newspaper or try to check out. The advice to hotel workers is to keep a handy supply of towels at the reception area, to protect the dignity of the guest.

The Somnambulist by Sir John Everett Millais

According to Chris Idzikowski, an expert at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, sleepwalking occurs during the first one to two hours of sleep as the brain shifts into deep sleep mode.

"Part of the brain switches into autopilot and can manage well-learned movements such as walking, bending or sitting."

Just not getting dressed, apparently.