Help wanted: Willing to stay in bed for 70 consecutive days. This job pays $18,000 or $1,200 a week and it will also give you bragging rights when you finally get out of bed that you did some work for NASA, according to ABC News Blog on Sept. 22.
NASA is looking for people to actually stay in bed for a little over a three month stretch and the only catch, you can’t get out of bed for a thing. It sounds like this includes doing your bodily functions from this reclined position.
Not only will you get plenty of rest, but you will be part of an important study. NASA is studying the effects of weightlessness on the astronauts and this slightly tilted bed is the next best thing to weightlessness for NASA’s purposes.
If you think that this sounds easy, think again. This is a true test of endurance because there’s nothing to do but lay down in bed and the boredom alone could be taxing. Lying in bed for 70 days will play havoc on the body physically. Test subjects will experience atrophying muscles and a decrease in bone density. This could also decrease the subjects overall fitness.
The people accepted into this study aren’t the typical couch potatoes, they will need to pass a modified Air Force Class Physical and they ’ll be screened for infectious diseases and drugs and alcohol. When it’s all done, participants get a two week recuperation period.
To apply visit Bed Rest Study here from NASA.