NASA Pays Nearly $18,000 To Sleep And Stay In Bed All Day: Do You Want The Job?
Sleep and stay in bed all day for 18 thousand dollars. A job that sounds simple. Do you want to do it? POT has paid that figure in recent years.
The goal of the US space agency is to analyze microgravity environments in the human body. Y, As AFP recalls, It is a study that has been carried out since 1960.
The main requirement is be healthy, clean of any drug, alcohol, nicotine or caffeine consumption. With a weight for height and no problems with the heart or other parts of the body.
For the study, the subjects studied spend days lying in bed, with NASA evaluating what the effects are like. One of the most remembered examples is that of Andrew Iwanicki, that in 2014 he spent 70 days in a row lying down, for which he received 18 thousand dollars.
The 2014 investigation was called CFT 70: Countermeasures and Functional Tests in the Head Down Tilt Bed Rest Study.
Three years later, as indicated by AFP, NASA carried out a new experiment, in which 12 volunteers were called to remain 30 days in rest to study the pressure on astronauts’ eyes during space missions.
For 2019, another similar study, but with a duration of 60 days and 24 volunteers, paying 19 thousand dollars.
At the moment it is unknown if the experiment will be done again at this time, but you always have to stay tuned.
This is the NASA experience of staying in bed for a lot of money
Iwanicki told NextShark how was the experience of the 70 days in bed, remembering that it was not very pleasant and that the payment was reduced to almost $17,800 for 108 days in total, since there were rest periods before and after absolute rest.
But at the end of the year too he had to fork out $5,000 in taxes.
“He had a regimented sleep schedule,” Iwanicki says. “The lights go out at 10:00 pm, they come on at 6:00 am. Naps are not allowed during the day, which is one of the cruelest jokes about being stuck in bed all day, unable to nap.”
During all that time, the subject was monitored through a camera. The only private moment he had was to urinate or defecate, and always while he was lying down.
He bathed in a plastic bed, with a shower head. At least this he could also do alone.
He also had time to look at his laptop, but with a stand to hold it above his head. “I would be lying on my back and looking at my laptop screen; it was quite comfortable and convenient,” he recalled. “But after using the computer for a long period of time, I would hold my arms up in the air, so they would hurt.”
Limited visits, extremely reduced
visits were reduced once in all time, with very limited physical interactions: barely touching hands.
He ate cafeteria food, with a dietitian calculating calories so he didn’t gain or lose weight during the study.
“I saw this crazy opportunity to do something once in a lifetime, make some good money and also take a step back and reflect on what I wanted my next step to be.”
— Andrew Iwanicki
Iwanicki was given 30 minutes to lean on hands and elbows, and allowed him to extend his arms above his head. “They were super strict with the regulations.”
“I knew it was not going to be a pleasant experience,” the subject acknowledged at the end, in another interview with VICE, “but I also had a tangible understanding that I would come away with a new appreciation for my normal life.”
Would you be willing to do it?