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You Could Be Paid To Spend Two Months In Bed For Space Research

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You Could Be Paid To Spend Two Months In Bed For Space Research

You could probably sleep in a thousands places and still feel that there's no better place than your own bed.

It might have a deepening arse groove in it, as well as noisy springs, but it's yours; your very own Shangri-La.

So, if you were offered the chance to stay there for 60 days, and receive a shed load of money in return, you'd snap it up, wouldn't you?

Good news then, as researchers at France's space medical institute are looking for volunteers that will do just that for the tidy sum of $16,000 (£13,000).

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Make sure you've read that right, as this isn't for volunteers who want to sleep in space, it's literally just sleeping in a bed on earth.

It'd be too much of a ball ache anyway, to sleep in space. Waking up in the middle of the night, realising you've floated away from where the toilet is, and then when you eventually make your way back and attempt to have a piss, it comes out in uncontrollable blobs that float around.

However, there's still a serious point for scientists at the Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology (Medes), The Guardian reports.

They're looking for 24 healthy, non smoking candidates that have no allergies and maximum body mass index of between 22 and 27, who they can perform tests on before and after they've slept for two months.

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"The idea of this study is to reproduce the weightlessness of the International Space Station (ISS)," Dr Arnaud Beck told 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."

Credit: Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology.

However, as it all begins to sound truly brilliant, there are other details that make it a bit less desirable. The successful volunteers would be expected to piss, shit and wash in bed, while adhering to the rule that one shoulder must always be in contact with the bed.

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Following the two months of doing this, more tests would then be performed, with the aim being to find out what kind of a difference it makes not stepping foot on the ground for a prolonged period of time.

"In certain conditions the cardiovascular system is affected and is not capable of making the same effort as before the experiment," Beck continued. "We even see a greater tendency to drops in blood pressure and vertigo."

If you want to apply, then go ahead here.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Research, Bed, Sleep, space

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