Getting Paid to Sleep is a Thing in China

By | Mar 19, 2017 12:33 AM EDT
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A Chinese shopper sleeps on a bed in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out.(Photo : GETTY IMAGES)

This could literally be everyone's "dream job" and the only position where sleeping on the job will not be a problem.

A company in Shanghai is making headlines for what is perhaps the most coveted job position in the world: a professional sleeper. A manufacturer of dietary supplements in mainland China is looking to pay a salary of 100,000RMB (USD14,400) yearly to their professional sleepers. 

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Successful candidates will test the supplements and provide a comprehensive report on its effects. However, it's not just all snoozing. The professional sleepers will have to put themselves in different sleeping patterns mirroring people of different occupations. 

For instance, a software programmer's sleep pattern is erratic and vastly different to those working a normal day job, as well as people on night shifts. After adapting to different people's sleep pattern, the professional sleepers will produce a report that includes the quality of sleep, feedback, and suggestions. 

The job does not require any past experiences, but a "love for sleep" is needed (who doesn't love sleep?). People from different job industries can apply. 

Getting paid to sleep is slowly becoming famous as it carves a niche in the job field. In the US, hospitals, research facilities, and even NASA, hire professional sleepers for studies, with annual payouts reaching as high as USD300,000.  

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