Best Job In The World? Getting Paid To Sleep!

Tuesday 30 September, 2014

The Best Job in the World? Getting Paid to Sleep!


I’m sure I’m not alone in the fact that getting out of bed in the morning is the worst part of the day. Waking up to the horrible screaming sounds of my alarm clock five days a week so I can get to work on time…ergh. What if going to work actually meant going back to sleep? I know, I know, you’re probably thinking what’s the catch. Such a job in fact does exist. There are real people out in the world who are getting paid to sleep. What could be better?


In 2006, the world discovered the best job in the world. Introducing Mr Munnelly, the Director of Sleep for Travelodge (Seriously, is that a real job title?). He was employed to test out the 25,000 beds of Travelodge, checking all different aspects of comfort before it could be approved. I’m speechless.


In 2009, the New Museum in NYC put out an ad looking for women aged between 18-40 to be part of a new exhibit by artist Chu Yun. They would be required to take sleeping pills and sleep on a bed in the middle of the museum between midday and 6pm and be paid $10 an hour.


Also in 2009 (must have been a good year for sleeping), an English student was paid to sleep and was offered one thousand pounds to test luxury beds under a range of conditions and then to write a blog about it. Yes, this isn’t a joke. Simon Horn Ltd. (luxury bed specialists) originally supplied the Savoy Hotel with their beds! They wanted to find out what brings a good night’s sleep, and in doing so, the student was to go to sleep under different conditions such as varying temperature and light as well as going to bed after consuming caffeine and alcohol. I do that anyway, and no one's paying me! Clearly in the wrong line of work.


Getting Paid To Sleep - NASA Sleep Study

Wutang NASA Sleep Study


And for the final act…this time last year NASA was offering up $18,000 for people to lie in bed. Ok, so I made that sound like the easiest thing in the world, right? However, the study actually requires participants to lie in a horizontal position in bed for seventy days. That’s a whole lot of nothing. The only time in which they would get up is for testing. The study was done in order to research “the effects of prolonged exposure to microgravity…in an ongoing effort to improve the conditions for astronauts working in a weightless environment”. Participants are allowed television, internet and even to work if they are able to do so remotely. Still, I love my sleep, but seventy days? Sheesh.


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