A start-up company in India, Wakefit are on the hunt for a sleep intern to bring focus to sleep health by celebrating and applauding people who sleep better. That’s right, a paid job where all that is required of you is to sleep deeply for 9 hours every night, for 100 days. That sounds like heaven to us here at Happy Beds.
There are some specifications though, the job application states that the ideal candidate should be able to fall asleep in between 10 and 20 minutes, that they avoid consumption of caffeine, limit screen time, and ideally doesn’t snore! But really, it sounds like a breeze. At the end of the 100 days, the interns get paid 1 lakh, which is the equivalent of around £1,067!
This got us thinking here at Happy Beds, what other jobs are out there in which you can get paid to sleep on the job? Here are just a few we found:
The most common way to be paid to sleep is through medical trialling. There are often sleep studies happening in the medical world that you can volunteer for so you can be paid for getting some much-needed rest.
In 2016 Envihab and NASA undertook a study to find out how space travel affects the body. This study lasted two months and the volunteers didn’t get out of bed once, everything from washing, exercising and going to the toilet was done in bed.
Alex Shannon took this job one step further. He runs the Instagram account @followthenap which is the first account on the platform dedicated to travel and luxury sleep! Gone are the days of influencers having their photoshoots surrounded by Balinese temples, and here are the more relatable photographs of 40 winks anywhere you can imagine.
Shannon puts his massive success on the social media platform down to the originality of the idea. No one else online was sharing pictures of napping in various locations. But his account is now way more than that. He works with hotels, airlines and luxury bed companies to provide reviews of their sleep spaces. Many of these trips are gifted - he truly is living the life of luxury!
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Speak To Your Employer!
Yes, that’s right, you could even be paid to sleep in your current job (if you’re brazen enough to ask).
One such company is a wedding planning organisation in Japan which introduced a wellbeing initiative last year that rewards employees for getting seven or more hours of sleep for a minimum of five days a week. The scheme was introduced to improve the health and lifestyle of employees, as well as to improve productivity and the quality of their service.
A report on sleep deprivation in Japan was conducted in 2012, finding that Japan is the 2nd most sleep-deprived country in the world (after the US). The report highlights that this could be a leading factor in the whopping $138 billion in economic losses a year across the country and that, if employees started sleeping seven hours a night, this could add $75.7 billion to the Japanese economy. Sleep = better productivity = better results!
The initiative uses a phone app to measure employees’ sleep and those who achieve the healthy amount are rewarded with points (that equal up to around £570 a year) that can be spent at cafes and food vendors on-site. Free lunches for sleeping? Sign us up!
Start Sleeping Now!
Start scouring the internet for sleep related roles, try your hand at being an influencer, or have a good old chat with your employer about how much better a finished product might be if all their employees get benefits for a good night’s sleep. It’s worth a try!
For now, try curling up on one of our wonderful orthopaedic mattresses and you will wish you could be paid to stay in bed all day.