(Last Updated On: September 11, 2017)
Sleeping is what people do when they want to rest from work and you may get in trouble if you are caught sleeping during working hours. However, did you know you can actually get paid to sleep?
A professional sleeper is someone who is paid to sleep for different purposes. The job may entail different things like
- Staying at a hotel overnight and document your experience
- Taking sleeping pill to be an art exhibit
- Sleeping as various experiments are done on you
- Testing beds and mattresses
Some of the most common jobs for people who get paid to sleep include
1.Scientific Research Subject
Various hospitals and universities are looking for people willing to take part in various studies where one may be required to be asleep. The studies are various body changes like measuring brain waves, respiration, muscle movement, heart rhythm etc.
A 14 to 17 day sleep study can be paid as much as $2,700. The Division Of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School gets subjects willing to take part in their 32 – 37 day sleep research study and you can make up to $10,000.
NASA is willing to pay a group of test subjects willing to lie in bed for 70 days straight and will pay them $18,000 for the job. The experiment is meant to simulate extended periods of space travel where the body undergoes extreme atrophy. The tests will help NASA know the amount of muscle loss a person undergoes when they are inactive for quite a while.
2. Exhibitionist Sleeper
The New Museum in New York was once looking for women between 18 – 40 years old to be part of a Chu Yun exhibit which required them to take sleeping pills and sleep in the middle of the museum for 6 hours. They were paid around $10 per hour.
3. Bed and Mattress tester
Here individuals are paid to test out different mattresses and duvets then give a report about their experience so as to help companies make the best decision on which product to bring out to the market.
Luxury bed testers are offered over $1,200 to sleep in designer beds every day for a month.