Have you ever listed “my bed” as a reference on a job application? Have you ever played hooky because you didn't want to get out from under the covers? Have you turned down an employment opportunity because it required you to wake up too early in the morning?
If you answered yes to all those questions, your dream job awaits. With these, your job is literally to go to sleep.
Take your Yelp-ing to the next level. Multiple companies will pay you to spend the night at a luxury hotel, while maintaining a critical eye and reporting back with grades based on comfort and cleanliness.
For example, Giovanna Grossi is a professional hotel and restaurant inspector for The Automobile Association (AA), and ranks hotels on their sleep quality (among other characteristics, such as quality of room service). The Chinese travel company Qunar also hires a handful of hotel testers to write reviews for their website. Several publications will also hire you as a freelancer.
How to Get It: You’ll need to be an experienced writer who can articulate every detail of the travel experience (and not just the pretty parts). Plus, it helps to be discreet; the life of a hotel tester is a lonely one, as no one should ever know your true identity.
Pay: Anywhere between $12 to $68 per gig, plus the cost of a stay.
NASA Sleep Tester
NASA is willing to pay big bucks if you participate in one of their sleep studies.
Don’t believe us? NASA paid a man $18,000 to stay in bed for 70 days, as part of research on the impact of microgravity on humans in space. He was allowed to read, watch TV and do pretty much anything he wanted, as long as he didn't get up and kept his body in a specific position (he had to use a bedpan to go to the bathroom, FYI).
NASA currently is not seeking applicants for any bedrest studies, but you can bookmark this page and apply right away once something shows up.
How to Get It: Although no specific experience is required, participants must be in good health and "have the physical and mental characteristics of an astronaut," as Forbes reported. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Pay: As much as $20,000 for a few weeks of bedrest.
Sleep Study Participant
If a NASA experiment sounds too intense, consider participating in a general sleep study. Many of them pay nicely, presuming you’re willing to spend a few hours, days or weeks in a lab while researchers cover you in sensors and monitor your sleep habits. In some cases, studies even require short-term sleep deprivation.
How to Get It: No specific experience is required — different studies involve different populations. But, you'll need to meet some age and health qualifications in any case.
Pay: The longer you participate in a study, the more you will get paid. For example, a 37-day study conducted by Harvard’s Division of Sleep Medicine pays $10,125.
Sleeping Bag Tester
As with the Hotel Tester position, you could be hired as an outdoors writer, and test sleeping bags on a full-time or freelance basis. In one rare instance, British auto/gear retailer Halfords put out an ad seeking an employee to do nothing but try out the company’s sleeping bags (and make $850 per week for doing so).
How to Get It: You must be a good writer, and also have an appreciation for camping and outdoor activities. So although the job doesn't require much movement, you do need to be active enough to go outside every once in awhile. Sorry.
Pay: Again, freelance writers can expect to make between $12 to $68 per gig. Not everyone can be lucky enough to get the cushy Halfords job.
Do you think you can identify what makes a comforter more, well, comfortable than another? You can get a job as a Duvet Tester, like Londoner Jo Unsworth. She’s employed by department store John Lewis to test out duvets for their bedding department. And yes, it’s a full-time gig. “My friends and family think I’ve got the best job in the world, and they’re probably right,” Unsworth said in an interview with The Daily Mail.
How to Get It: Unsworth has a degree in textile management. A background in branding and retail helps.
Pay: Who knows. This lady hit the jackpot.