Snooze-button lovers, rejoice; you might just be able to get paid for staying in bed 24/7.
A study to be conducted by NASA is looking for people to lie in a tilted bed for 70 days. The bed will be slanted at an angle of 6 degrees and is meant to help researchers develop methods that will allow astronauts returning from space missions to physically adjust to daily life. Because gravity is virtually nonexistent in space, astronauts use less energy when going about their daily routines. Therefore, they have a harder time getting used to regular life on Earth after they land.
By tilting the beds, test subjects will experience increased circulation to the upper parts of their bodies, which simulates what would happen at zero gravity in space. The researchers will then record the cardiovascular behavior throughout the duration of the study.
Test subjects will be split into two groups: one that will spend 105 days living at NASA's Flight Analogs Research Unit (FARU) and be required to undergo different resistance and aerobic exercises while still on bed rest, and another that will spend 97 days simply lying in bed without any exercise. Since the subjects are required to be in a horizontal position throughout the study, a modified shower and bathroom will be provided when nature calls. NASA will be paying the subjects $1,200 per week for participation in the study, which may last up to 15 weeks. Does life get any easier than that?
Researchers will be jotting down data about the participants' muscular, circulatory, nervous, immune and skeletal systems as well as nutritional condition during the course of the study. After everything is slept and done, both groups will be generously given an adjustment period of about two weeks to recondition and return to normal society.
However, NASA doesn't want an ordinary lazybones — you must be a nonsmoker and pass its Modified Air Force Class III physical in order to be eligible.
Plus, staying in bed all day does pose a few risks to your health, even though the study is deemed safe by the Institutional Review Board of the Univeristy of Texas Medical Branch. Participants might experience loss of muscle, bone density and respiratory ability in addition to developing urinary and constipation problems. And we're not even mentioning how bored you might become after staying in bed for weeks on end — though if bringing along your 2DS is allowed, it might not be so bad!