For most of us, the thought of being able to spend several days in bed is a luxury, and the idea that you could actually get paid for it is an absolute fantasy.
Well, NASA is officially in the business of making those dreams a reality. They are looking for people to participate in their "Bed Rest Studies," and will pay large sums of cash to participants who are willing to stay in bed for 60 days.
Sounds like a dream job, right? Well, before you get too excited you need to remember that you have to stay lying down for the full 60 days - even going to the bathroom. It takes a certain level of mental toughness to make it through, but just think of what you could do with that money.
You'll also be isolated from family and friends (though you can still call/text/email them), other than a couple of rare, scheduled visits. You do get to read, watch TV, play video games, etc. - all laying down, of course. Even meals are eaten in this way.
So what's the point to all this anyway? This research helps NASA determine what happens to astronauts during long periods of space travel.
The experiments are designed to achieve three basic goals:
- Understanding how one's altered physiology in space might affect certain mission protocols.
- Understanding the importance of physiology in the ability to complete certain tasks.
- Preparing countermeasures against potential physiological impariment caused by the environment.
The experimental group comprises of two main categories: Exercising and Non-exercising.
The exercise group is allowed to work out using specialized equipment which lets them stay active while still lying down, whereas the non-exercise group must simply be at rest at all times. Throughout the study, researchers collect data on the subjects' bones and muscles, as well as their circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.
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H/T: Aunty Acid