May 7, 2018 10:15 am
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For the second time, NASA is paying a group of people to lie in bed all day. The first time this was done was in 2014. They paid a group of people $18,000 each to lie down for 70 days while being analyzed by researchers. Andrew Iwanicki was one of the people in the study. He wrote an article for VICE magazine where he chronicled his experiences. During the experiment, he had headaches, he had to deal with bedpans, he had severe backaches, and he was very bored. He even admitted that he wished eternal damnation on NASA many times during his 70 days.

Today, NASA is planning a similar study. There are a few things that they are hoping to accomplish during the study.

• Understanding how a person’s changing physiology in space can affect the process of the mission.

• Understanding the impact of a person’s physiological state on their ability to perform certain tasks.

• To prepare countermeasures to combat any impairment that these physiological conditions can cause.

The idea of lying in bed for 60 day straight and then earning $100,000 sounds like a dream come true, however, there are certain things that you should know if you are going to be jumping at the chance to take part in the study.

You Will Undergo Extensive Testing Before You Are Chosen

If you are going to take part in the study, you should be prepared for psychological and physical testing. There are going to be thousands of applicants. Since it is NASA, they are going to scrutinize every application that same way that they do with their astronauts. If you don’t pass the first round of testing, you aren’t going to be chosen for the study.

You Won’t Be In Your Own Bed

If you were hoping that you could just lie in your own bed for 60 days, you are wrong. You would need to stay in the NASA lab for the entire 60 days. Since you need to remain in bed all the time, you won’t be able to go home for a visit. You would need to remain in your bed in the lab the entire time if you are going to earn your money.

You Won’t Be Comfortable

You aren’t going to be lying in a soft, comfortable bed. You are actually going to be in an adjustable bed. Your head will be flat and your feet will be raised up a bit. Over time, this can become very uncomfortable. Being on your back all day will cause back pain. With your feet up over your head all day, you will likely experience headaches. Also, all the time that you spend lying down is going to cause your muscles to atrophy, making walking impossible after the 60 days.

You’re On a Sleep Schedule

Just because you are lying in bed all day it doesn’t mean that you can take a nap. In fact, naps are not allowed at all. You would be woken at 6 am and you would need to stay up for the entire day. At 10 pm, the lights go out and you can finally go to sleep. Don’t expect to get a good night’s rest, however. All night long, people will be in and out of your room running tests and checking your vitals. If might seem like it is a great, restful experience, but it likely won’t be. It is impossible to get a good night’s sleep when you are a human guinea pig.

Keeping Busy

There are plenty of things that you can do during the day to keep busy. Reading, watching television, and playing video games are all allowed as long as you are laying down when you are doing it. Watching television, playing video games, and reading might sound great, however, after the first week, it is easy to get bored. If you are considering applying for the job, you should first understand that it isn’t going to be fun or comfortable.

NASA needs help from time to time to make being in space a healthier and safer experience for the astronauts. The more doctors understand about the body when it is at rest, the better it will be for the space program.

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This post was written by Nadia Vella