You can stop searching. What seems to be your dream job is officially on offer.
The Institute of Space Medicine and Physiology (Medes) in Toulouse, France, is seeking 24 people to stay in bed for 60 days in a row.
If that sounds like your kind of thing (of course it does), you’ll be even more thrilled to know that two straight months of rest wouldn’t be your only remuneration. The scientists are giving €16,000 (or about $17,066) to those who can complete the task.
Over the course of the 60 days, study participants – healthy, physically active and non-smoking men between the ages of 20 and 45 – must have at least one shoulder touching the bed at all times. Half the group will be given a combination of drugs every day – including anti-inflammatories and antioxidant food supplements – which are meant to challenge the effects of weightlessness on the body.
The scientists behind the research are looking to determine what effects that prolonged periods of weightlessness will have on humans. Lying down for a long time will hopefully mimic those effects, the scientists say. They’ll also be testing how easy it is for participants to eat, go to the toilet, wash and exercise while bed-bound.
"The idea of this study is to reproduce the weightlessness of the International Space Station (ISS)," Dr. Arnaud Beck, the coordinating physician of the study, told French newspaper 20 Minutes.
"During the first two weeks our scientists will do a whole series of tests and measurements on the volunteers. This will be followed by a 60-day period during which they must remain in bed, the head slightly inclined downwards at less than six degrees."
Following the experiment, participants will undergo two weeks of rehabilitation so scientists can determine how horizontal living affected their bodies.
The only catch to participate in this fabulous offer? Research participants in past studies of a similar nature suggest that lying in bed for weeks on end isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Take Andrew Iwanicki, for example, who participated in a 2014 NASA study that paid human guinea pigs $18,000 to lie down for 70 days. Iwanicki wrote about the gruelling experience for an article in VICE, in which he complained of headaches, bedpans, boredom and backache and wished “eternal damnation upon all of NASA.”
So it might be tougher work than anticipated, but someone’s got to do it. Could it be you?