NASA will pay you $19K to stay in bed

NASA sleep study

As a reward for participating in the study, they will pay 16,500 euros, or about $18,522.

Through this study, the German Aerospace Center says that they hope to develop countermeasures that reduce the negative effects of weightlessness on astronauts.

While astronauts now stick to an intense exercise regimen to stay strong, the bed rest study will for the first time investigate the use of a so-called short-arm human centrifuge to generate artificial gravity and force blood back in the extremities.

Scientists have long known that lying in bed mimics some of the changes our bodies experience in the weightlessness in space.

The researchers have already created a "short-arm human centrifuge" that generates artificial gravity and corrects the distribution of body fluids.

While on bed rest, everything must be completed while lying down, including eating, washing, showering, going to the bathroom and leisure activities.

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It may seem like a dream come true but there is a catch.

It's a joint research project by Nasa and the European Space Agency. In addition to the 60 days required for bed rest, participants will stay an additional 29 days for acclimation and supervised recovery involving stretching, massage and physiotherapy.

A nutritionist will be on hand to take care of everyone's diets and make sure the participants don't gain weight and are receiving everything their body needs.

The study is composed of two rounds. It's not clear yet how many participants will be needed for the next round, which will be conducted at the German Aerospace Center's Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Cologne, Germany, from September to December 2019.

Anyone who applies must speak German and be between 24 and 55.

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