Not Easy Money

Finally, here is a job offer where the only thing one has to do is lie down, with the prerequisites being a fit male.

Researchers at the French Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology are looking for volunteers to spend 60 days flat on their back so they can study the effects of microgravity which is a state of virtual gravity weightlessness. The institute’s dedicated clinic wants to simulate the effects of a space environment by using the bed rest model.

According to the Institute, the experimentally model simulates the absence of hydrostatic pressure and stress on the musculoskeletal system and reproduces the lack of physical activity of the astronauts in the course of space flight.

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There are 24 positions are available for fit and sporty males that are aged 20 to 45. they should not be smokers and have no allergies and have a maximum body mass index between 22 and 27. These volunteers will also undergo a number of tests two weeks and after spending two months in bed. The ones selected will be paid 16,000 euros for their troubles, with the payments being spread over the course of four years.

Not Easy Money

It should not be taken lightly by applicants considering some of the consequences of the experience would include a reduction in blood volume and muscle mass, hence the stringent health requirements for the project. Only healthy individuals would be allowed to go through with the process.

Volunteers will also be expected to eat, wash and perform all bodily activities and functions while lying in bed. Apparently, the rule is to keep at least one shoulder in contact with the bed or the frame at all times.

According to Dr. Arnaud Beck who is coordinating the experiment, “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.”

The final two weeks of the project will be spent recuperating and undergoing further tests in order to establish the effects of not setting foot on the ground for two months. According to Beck, the experiment is concerned with looking at the harmful effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human physique and to find ways to combat these problems.

Sometimes, the cardiovascular system is impacted and loses the capability of having the same energy as before the experiment. In similar studies, researchers have seen drops in the participant’s blood pressure as well as signs of vertigo.

The same as with astronauts that have spent a long time in space, volunteers tend to experience muscle loss in their upper bodies and a drop in their bone densities, so they find it hard to do normal day to day activities like walking. The volunteers of this weightlessness experiment are bound to experience the same symptoms. However their reactions should aid in the research to find ways to combat attained conditions from prolonged periods spent by astronauts in a non-terrestrial environment.

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  1. This is one of the jobs I would like to do, not because of the fact of being in bed, but because I think will help human kind to be outside this planet, also France is a really great country.

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