World Sleep Day 2019: Jobs where you get ‘PAID’ to sleep (Photo: Twitter)
Since 2008, World Sleep Day is being observed as an initiative by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society, formerly World Association of Sleep Medicine, to celebrate the importance of a ‘sound’ and ‘healthy’ sleep. Apart from good food, sex, sleep is one of the most ‘essential’ yet satisfying ‘state’ we don’t credit much to. In 2013 NASA offered up $18,000 to those who were able to laze around the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for a total of 70 days to test the effects of microgravity in terms of the human body. While the prospect of never ‘leaving’ the bed sounds too good to be true, do you know that you can be actually paid for ‘sleeping’? Check out the below jobs you can try if you love sleeping:
Scientific Subject matter: While sleeping for a job ricocheted with NASA’s offer, did you know that you can literally have a job as a professional sleeper? To study the process of sleep, hospitals and universities are constantly looking for participants who can sleep for long. These studies are focused to measure the brain waves, respiration, heart rhythm, and muscle movement. Participants can be healthy individuals or those who suffer from sleep disorders depending on what the study ‘demands’.
Bed and Mattress tester: How did you miss this one? There are jobs for people who choose to never get out of their bed, because there is. This involves testing anything from mattresses to duvets. For the job, individuals test products and then give their ‘critic’ about their experience or help companies make decisions based on the products they test. Like any company, bedding and mattress companies are always looking for unique ways to increase sales and strengthen their market presence.
Exhibitionist Sleeper: Comfortable sleeping in the view of many eyes? Then this job has to be it. In 2009, the New Museum in New York was looking for women between the ages of 18-40 who were willing to be part of a Chu Yun exhibit. This job required them to take sleeping pills and sleep in the middle of the museum between the hours of 12 pm and 6 pm.
Working for big conglomerates that offer nap-time: In Japan sleeping during work is considered as a sign of hard-work and it viewed as something good. In fact, a lot of big companies Google, Facebook, all encourage their employees to take a mid-day snooze. They’ve even invested in energy pods which offer a unique design, allowing employees to recline and block out sights and sounds from the environment around them.