Taking bed rest is a dream job of almost everyone! What if you are paid for taking a complete bed rest?
NASA is offering all those bed lovers a lucrative deal of USD 5000 a month and in return you only need to do is spend 70 days in bed.
The US space agency is going to conduct ‘Bed Rest Study’ in a bid to study the effects of prolonged exposure to microgravity. Therefore, the agency requires participants to remain horizontal for a period of 70 days. However, the research participant must be a US citizen or permanent resident to be considered as a potential test subject.
The study will be conducted by the agency’s Flight Analogs Project Team at the Johnson Space Center.
The study aims at understanding the astronauts’ condition on space mission and improve their living conditions and working style in a weightless environment.
“This study will show how much your body, tilted down slightly with head down and feet up, for 70 days, 24-hours a day, without getting out of bed, except for limited times for specific tests, is like an astronaut’s body during the weightlessness of space flight,” NASA said.
“Watching you will help scientists learn how an astronaut’s body will change in weightlessness during space flight in the future,” the agency said on its website.
According to NASA, the programme divides participants into exercising subjects and non-exercising subjects.
Exercising subjects will spend 105 days and non-exercising subjects will spend 97 days living at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
The programme has three segments:
Ambulatory Period: During this period, both groups will be free to move around inside the bed rest facility and do normal things.
Bed Rest Period: In this period, participants will spend 70 days lying in bed, with their body slightly tilted downward (head down, feet up).
Recovery Period: This is the period during the final 14 days of the study. The groups will again be free to move about within the facility. Because of deconditioning that takes place during bed rest, volunteers will slowly begin normal everyday activity.