Scientists Will Give You $16K To Lie In Bed For 60 Days
Generous scientists at The Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology are paying lazy volunteers $16,000 to do nothing but lie in bed for 60 days straight.
In other words, all those nights you spent shamelessly binge-watching Netflix for embarrassing hours at a time are finally paying off — now you can put your relaxation skills to work.
Sleepers, rejoice! It's your time to shine.
Before you quit your day job and get ready to hang out in bed for two months straight, you should probably be aware the test isn't a joke.
You literally cannot get out of bed once throughout the 60-day period (FYI, that's a total of 1,440 hours). One shoulder must be in contact with the bed at all times.
I know you're probably asking yourselves, "Well, what about peeing, pooping and showering?"
News flash: You'll be doing that in bed, too.
Why, though? What's the point of paying volunteers $16,000 to stay in bed for 60 days straight?
If you're into space travel, the answer is pretty intriguing.
Scientists are using the study to examine the bed-ridden volunteers to discover the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body, 20 Minutes reports.
Staying in bed for two months replicates the feeling of being weightless in space, so scientists are examining the bodies of volunteers and using the results to help better prepare astronauts who are returning to Earth.
Dr. Arnaud Beck, the coordinating physician of the study, said,
This study will collect three main families of data on the effects of weightlessness on the body. During the first two weeks, our scientific teams do a series of examinations and measurements on the volunteers. There follows a period of 60 days during which they must remain completely bedridden, with the head slightly inclined downwards, at least six degrees.
The scientists will examine effects on bone mass, immune defenses, metabolism and sleep.
To better determine side effects felt by volunteers, scientists are giving half of them a cocktail of drugs described by Beck as a "antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food supplement," while the others won't receive them.
Hopefully, the results of the study will help scientists prepare astronauts on their journeys home from space.
If you don't have anything planned for the next two months and want to become a volunteer, click here.
Citations: Space: They will spend two months in bed for a study on the effects of weightlessness (20 Minutes), Scientists want to pay you £13,000 to lie in bed for 60 days Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2017/04/05/scientists-want-to-pay-you-13000-to-lie-in-bed-for-60-days-6554869/#ixzz4dNzj2FqG (Metro)