Most of us can only dream about hanging around in bed, all day, every day, and actually still get a pay check at the end of the month.
And it turns out that for some lucky people, that dream is about to become a reality.
NASA are offering to pay people an obscene amount of money just to chill out in bed all day as part of their latest experiment, “Bed Rest Studies”.
Participants will be required to stay in bed for a whole 60 days straight. That’s over 8 weeks in bed, which means a good 2 months without having to actually go in to work.
That’s a whole 2 months of not having to see your boss, or be nice to customers on the phone, or sit at a desk and wait for the clock to hit five, or sit and wait frustrated in rush hour traffic and better still, not have to set an alarm clock in the morning.
Most of us would agree that this really does sound like the dream job and it doesn’t get much better than that.
But just how long do you think you could actually stay in bed for without going insane?
For some of us, there is no limit to the number of days we could spend in bed before losing our minds. And even if there is, when the going gets tough the candidates of the “Bed Rest Studies” simply need to remember that this is their job, and at the end of it, there will be a nice big pay cheque with their name written on.
And even so, when the boredom creeps in these candidates will only need to think back to their day jobs and wonder where exactly they would rather be… in bed or back in the office?
Most of us would agree on our answer to that.
So that being said, this is certainly one job that I would not hesitate to apply for. We can guarantee that NASA will be receiving a hell of a lot of applications.
But, they do have a somewhat strict criteria. Candidates will need to pass rigorous physical and psychological tests in order to ensure that they resemble, according to the application form, “the [NASA] astronaut population.”
I guess that rules most of us out then.
But what about when you do get bored? You could always just find a good book to occupy your time with. If you’re not in to that then remember you’ve always got your TV, video games, Netflix, and of course, your phone, which you’re able to use as you please. As long as you remain lying down of course.
And now you’re probably wondering what on earth is the point in this experiment.
Well, NASA want to study how the body reacts to extended periods of rest, which will provide them with some idea about bone and muscle atrophy for astronauts who are going on extended periods of space travel. And once they know about all of this, they’ll be able to find ways to keep astronauts healthier.
NASA says the experiments is designed to achieve three things:
1. Understanding how one’s changing physiology in space may affect the process of certain missions.
2. Understanding the impact of one’s physiological state on their ability to perform in particular tasks.
3. Preparing countermeasures to combat any impairment that these physiological conditions may impose.
But there’s a catch. You won’t be sat in your own bed, but a special bed, which will be tilted head down at a six degree angle. Why? Because tilting the bed affects the cardiovascular system in ways similar to those experienced in space.
And just before you fully commit yourself to the study you should be aware that 60 days in bed means under no circumstances should you leave. So yes, that means you won’t be able to leave your bed to go to the toilet, or for a shower, or to get food when you want.
Reconsidering that application now are we?
And there’s more. These conditions will likely cause you to experience dizziness, as the tilted bed will reduce your blood pressure and cause a slow decrease in blood volume. And as the days and weeks pass, your muscles will begin to deteriorate up your back and in the bottom half of your body, with bone density also decreasing and your immune defences likely to lower.
This isn’t the first time NASA has done an experiment of this kind though. Back in 2014, NASA paid a group of human guinea-pigs $18,000 to lie down for 70 days while researchers analyzed them. Andrew Iwanicki was just one of the candidates to take part in the experiment and he extensively wrote about his experiences in an article for VICE, where he documented the headaches, bedpans, boredom, severe backache, and how he was “wishing eternal damnation upon all of NASA” at one point during those 70 days.
He went on to add, “I experienced some serious headaches because the blood pressure increased in my head. My spine went through some serious pain. Staying horizontal is difficult. I’ve been told that it is difficult for the spine to deal with all the pressure of the organs lying on the spine throughout the day.”
If that isn’t bad enough, Iwanicki also had to follow a strict sleeping schedule. He explained:
“I was on a regimented sleep schedule. Lights out at 10 p.m., lights on at 6 a.m. No napping allowed during the day, which is one of the cruelest jokes about being stuck in bed all day, not being able to nap.”
Now we’re definitely thinking this study isn’t all its cracked up to be. If the simple fact that you can’t nap isn’t enough to put you off, then I don’t know what is.
In describing the moment his bed study experience ended, Iwanicki said “As soon as the bed was tilted to the vertical position, my legs felt heavier than ever before. My heart started to beat at 150 BPMs. My skin became itchy; I was covered in sweat. Blood rushed into my legs, expanding the veins that had become increasingly elastic throughout the past several months of bed rest”.
And if you’re still considering taking part you should know that the experiment will consist of two categories.
Exercising and Non-exercising.
The exercising group, are able to exercise using special tools that help them stay active while still lying down. While non-exercising groups must stay completely at rest the entire time.
Think carefully about which group you’d rather be in!
During the entirety of the study, bone, muscle and heart tests, will be completed. And the tests don’t end there, you’ll also have to complete tests of the circulatory and nervous systems, as well as tests on your nutritional condition, and the body’s capacity to fight off infections.
So yes, that means unfortunately you won’t simply be left to relax alone in your room for the full 60 days. Instead you’ll be prodded and poked by a host of scientist on a regular basis. This doesn’t sound like the relaxing experience you were looking for after all.
So what do you think ? Could you do it participate in the experiment? Do you think you could handle it?
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Source : AuntyAcid