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Sleeper Is your bed one of your favourite places? Do you hit the snooze button with alarming frequency? Have you been known to turn a quick power nap into a coma-like sleep marathon? Then perhaps you could carve out a career as a professional sleeper. No, you’re not dreaming, there are people in this world who are paid to sleep. Pro sleepers are usually hired on a contractual or project basis by a variety of organisations and companies that require sleepers for a range of different reasons. Professional sleepers are paid to participate in scientific sleep studies, test out mattresses, trial sleep remedies and assess the comfort-level of hotel rooms and bedding. NASA even once hired people to stay in bed for just over two months in order to assess the impact of microgravity on the human body. Yes, a group of people got paid to stay in bed for two months! Although it’s probably not a suitable full-time career for most of the population, pro sleeping represents a good opportunity for people to supplement their income on a regular basis (and catch a lot of z’s in the process). Of course, professional sleeping isn’t all about having wicked flying dreams and drooling on pillows. Professional sleepers are expected to work. Whether it’s filling out a report on how comfortable a hotel bed was, or reporting the side effects of sleep medication, or having wires and nodes hooked up to your body while you sleep, professional sleeping is definitely considered work and that’s why people are compensated for it. In short, professional sleepers are heroes who walk among us for they have managed to make money from going to bed. While the hapless inhabitants of the world are dragging themselves out of their beds in the morning to go to a dead-end job they loathe, pro sleepers are happily sharing their talent for extreme kipping and getting paid for it. *slow clap*

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: None. Experience required: None. Training: None. Restrictions: Insomniacs need not apply. Some scientific studies may have strict selection criteria.

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