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Get Paid To Sleep Like Astronauts

Did you ever wish you could get paid for doing nothing but you have too many skeletons in your closet to be a politician? Then this is the place for you. We’re about to tell you how to “Get Paid” to sleep like astronauts.

NASA is hiring people to lie in bed for 70 days. In fact, their current group of layabouts get paid the cool sum of almost $18,000. With pre-testing and post-testing periods the “sleepers” will be “working” at the Texas facility for a total of 15 weeks.

Sound too good to be true? Well, to be honest, there are some additional job responsibilities. They include: playing games, reading, skyping with friends and family, talking on the phone, taking online classes and—if you can work remotely—working your day job as well.

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Astronaut Don Thomas posing with bed rest study participant/Imaga: NASA

It’s not only an easy job but meaningful as well. Dr. Roni Cromwell, senior scientist on the bed rest study, told the press: “Subjects in the study look at it as a way to help. In that what we eventually do will help astronauts maintain their health while in space.”

This bed rest study concerns the influence of microgravity on humans. This countermeasure project recreates the effects of long-term outer space flight by requiring the participants spend 70 days lying in beds that are tilted head-down at a six-degree angle. (In fact, they even shower in a specially designed gurney.)

Being at this angle starts cardiovascular actions like what occurs in flight as well as involves “atrophy of the muscle and atrophy of bone density” added Cromwell. NASA hopes to minimize the changes so that astronauts’ bodies can function normally upon their return to Earth. (Ever see Wall-E?)

After the extended bed rest, participants are made to exercise. Cromwell elaborated: “We also ask them to do tasks that astronauts would do when they land on a planetary surface. Simulate getting out of a vehicle. Moving heavy objects at a short distance. This gives us an idea as to their functional capabilities.”

NASA’s news chief, Kelly Humphries reminds potential applicants that they are not looking for “couch potatoes” adding: “Subjects need to be very healthy.” All potential subjects are subjected to a modified yet rigorous Air Force Class Three physical. They must also go through a psychological screening and an hour and a half one-on-one session with a psychologist.

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NASA: Image: LatestDigitals

Cromwell notes: We want to make sure we select people who are mentally ready to spend 70 days in bed. Not everyone is comfortable with that. Not every type of person can tolerate an extended time in bed.”

She concluded: “Once they qualify physically and mentally, we do rigorous physical exercises to test muscle strength and aerobics capacity. We want people who have the physical and psychological characteristics of an astronaut. They should be able to do the kind of activities that astronauts do.”

If you’ve ever wanted to get paid to see if you have “the right stuff” or just have an interesting story to tell your grandkids thhere is your chance.  Apply here and get paid.

About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.
  • Carmen gonzales

    My first thought is, why aren’t astronauts doing this or is NASA looking for potential future astronauts. I mean I know this kind of information is crucial but if the real astronauts aren’t the actual test subjects what’s the sense? Every one is different, some of the data could possibly not apply to the real astronauts. No, I haven’t seen Wall-E, I must catch up on my animated features.

  • Will Phoenix

    Hi Carmen!
    Actually as I understand it, they test you so that you physically qualify to be an astronaut in terms of being in that bed-rest/bed-like position.So for less of our tax dollars they get the information they need without paying the astronauts. They also test you in terms of can you be in that astronaut position for so long. So it all works out scientifically. But IF they did NOT test anyone then your point would be valid because some of us would not be able to handle what astronauts deal with on a daily basis (in space). Thanks Carmen