Sleeping all day isn’t typically encouraged for responsible adults, so this new study may be the opportunity lazy sleepyheads have been waiting for. On behalf of NASA and the European Space Agency, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is studying how the human body changes in weightlessness, and bedrest apparently simulates this experience. That’s why they are looking for someone to stay in bed all day, every day, for 60 days and pay them about $19,000 for their hard work. The long rest will be taking place between September and December 2019 in Cologne, Germany.
According to Fox 5, participants must be women aged 24 to 55, between 4 foot 9 inches and 6 foot 2 inches tall, with a BMI between 19 and 30, and must not be smokers. Good knowledge of German is also required. The goal of the study is to develop countermeasures to help reduce the negative effects of weightlessness on astronauts. While the study might sound uncomfortable, or even dangerous, participants will be attended to by a team of scientific, physiotherapeutic, and medical professionals, as well as a nutritionist.
The study lasts a total of 89 days: 15 days of familiarization, 60 days of bed rest, and 14 days of rest and astronaut rehab. There will also be four follow-up visits: after 14 days, three months, one year, and two years.
Participants will have a single room and they won’t ever stand up, even for washing, showering, using the bathroom, etc. They won’t even get to lift their head.
Those interested in participating must undergo a selection process, including a questionnaire, follow-up event, and mental and physical fitness examination. For more information on how to get involved, check out the German Aerospace Center’s details on the study.
H/T: Fox 5