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IN People ON 16 Dec, 2015
How's your job? Are you paid enough and satisfied with what you're doing? What if I told you that NASA was hiring people to sleep for straight 70 days? Sounds like a steal, but that's not the full responsibility. The job is indeed for space research, and sleeping doesn't necessarily have to be easy if you're getting paid for it. See how one man tried to participate in NASA's research study and eventually realized that yes, even sleeping can be painful.
Drew Iwanicki is a 38-year-old man, who may not look so special, but his job is one-of-a-kind. Back in 2014, Drew was actually hired by NASA to sleep for 70 days. You know how much he got for dozing off? $18,000.
The project was called CFT 70, or the Countermeasure and Functional Testing in Head-Down Tilt Bed Rest Study that had the primary goal of understanding how the human body would be negatively affected while in space. Now it doesn't sound like an easy job.
Drew saw the NASA work advertisement on Reddit back in 2013. He really didn't expect to get a response, but he actually did in just a week. After Drew and NASA discussed his and his family's health history, NASA asked him to move to Texas to undergo a physical examination.
Drew felt that since the interview was fast, maybe he'd get hired immediately? Well, no. He only received the NASA offer a day of being fired from his day job in August 2014. Thus, he was set to go for his first research participation. For science!
It might seem like a job that should only be needing one person, but people, including astronauts, vary and results will be different. Thus, there were actually 54 other people included in the study, and the 55 of them were lucky enough to be picked out of the 25,000 applicants.
Yes, it's nice to take rest and sleep for maybe eight to twelve hours a day, but having to just lay down for far longer than that actually takes its toll on the body. He admitted that it was a painful experience since people aren't really used to just laying down, and not even being allowed to sit up.
To put him in even worse conditions (for science!), he had to lay down on a bed that was titled at about a six degree angle. The only saving grace is that he was told that it was okay to move to his side from time to time.
He had to sleep at about 10 p.m and be awake by 6 a.m. and during the day, naps were not allowed. There were always cameras watching him, so privacy became something special. The curtains were only used when he needed to pee or poop.
Whenever he was awake, he had the opportunity to read many books, study, surf the internet and watch movies on Netflix, and play some StarCraft. Sadly, his girlfriend could only visit Drew once and they weren't even allowed to be on the same bed.
Drew never lost or gain a pound, thanks to a strict diet. The food wasn't exquisite, but it wasn't bad either. Also, the hamburgers were surprisingly really good. Everything had to be eaten, including every bit of ketchup if there were any.
As difficult as the task may have been, none of the 55 people quit and got paid, although the pay was taxable. When Drew finally stood up, he almost fainted as he began sweating, suddenly had his heart beat very fast and then very slowly, and his vision started to go awry. Ever since then, Drew has participated in several paid research tests. Now, he is studying for the LSAT and hopes to go to law school and even be a manager in the music industry.