Sleeping on the job is now a part of your job – when you can get paid to nap, of course.
Can you make money napping?
Sleep health and wellness company eachnight has recently gone viral by using real people to answer the hard questions, like “How many calories do you burn by sleeping?” or “What is the best nap length?”
And how are they gathering data on the best and worst ways to nap, you might ask? By paying participants $1,500 for one month of daily napping.
The sleep wellness company is amalgamating current research, available products, and the opinions of renowned sleep experts to judge various elements of sleep, and report back to the unrested masses in the form of “sleep guides”. They review things like mattresses, pillows, essential oils for sleep, and of course, naps.
Turning your daily nap into cash
The company is now hiring what they call “Nap Reviewers” between now and May 31st, to nap on a daily basis. Some sources are reporting that only five of these reviewers are being hired, but eachnight hasn’t confirmed nor denied that claim. Unfortunately, there is an age requirement, so if you’re under 18-years-old, getting paid to nap for eachnight is only a pipe dream.
This isn’t the first time that people have made money with sleep studies, but for the most part, they occur in hospitals or sleep study centers and involve overnight stays, medications, sticky sensors or uncomfortable mattresses. During COVID, this isn’t an optimal scenario, even for a few thousand dollars in your pocket – which is why eachnight is letting you nap from the comfort of your own home, and report the results of your slumber yourself.
The Nap Reviewers, of course, need a few things to complete their daunting daily task. eachnight requests that nappers have their own alarm, and enough time to ease back into the day after a nice rest. The NY Post specifies that nappers need to have space to “sleep alone,” in a “quiet, dark space with little distractions. They also mention that it’s important to maintain “a comfortable room temperature” when napping, so a venue with either heating or cooling apparatuses are preferred.
Of course, the process isn’t just about napping – there are other requirements to adequately fulfill one’s research responsibilities. For instance, participants will be tasked to report their findings in the form of verbal questionnaires in Zoom calls before and after their naps, the lengths of which depend upon the experiment they’re involved in.
They’re also required to have a proficiency in written English, to both “accurately carry out the reviews of their naps and follow any relevant instructions.” The application involves not only selling your skills as the ideal Nap Reviewer, and a short description about your love of sleeping, but also requests that Nap Reviewers have at least a bit of “relevant review writing experience.”
All of the experiments you’ll be participating in have directives, and specific goal-oriented theories, resulting in varied nap times and write-ups about your napping experiences. Some examples provided by eachnight are: “the best nap duration for feeling refreshed, the effects of napping on overall levels of fatigue, and the effects of napping on memory, motivation and productivity.”
“In return for their participation,” eachnight notes on their application page, “each ‘Nap Reviewer’ will receive a payment of $1500 at the end of the testing period.” That’s $1,500 for 30 days of napping – a steal at any price.