Hotel receptions are apparently thronged with nude sleepwalkers, while an epidemic of insomnia grips the country.
Somnambulists are on the move. Last week, Travelodge hotels revealed that staff dealt with more than 400 cases of sleepwalking last year, a seven-fold increase.According to the chain's "director of sleep", Leigh McCarron, such guests mostly turned up at reception in the middle of the night, trying to check out or looking for a newspaper. Almost all were male. Many were naked.
"We have seen an increased number of sleepwalkers over the years," says McCarron, "so it is important that our staff know how to help them when the problem arises." For starters, receptionists now keep a handy supply of towels to protect the dignity of their guests.
Solving the problem of sleepwalking is not so simple, though. What most somnambulists are crying out for is a restful night's sleep – just like the many others who suffer from different types of disturbed sleep, including leg-twitchers, insomniacs and even snorers.
The frustration suffered by the sleep-deprived was neatly summed up by the BBC's Jeremy Paxman recently, when it was reported that he had suffered from insomnia for more than 25 years.
Source - Telegraph