Scientists recruit volunteers To Lie In Bed For 2 Months
France : For the people who love to sleep, their dream has come true. There is a job where all they have to do is sleep, and they will be a handsome amount for it. Sounds like a perfect job.
Scientists at the institute for space medicine and Physiology near Torlouse, France, are inviting volunteers and offering 16,000 Euros (or a little over $17,000) to investigate the effects of microgravity on their bodies.
All you will have to do in return is to lie flat on your back for an uninterrupted 60days. One will have to undergo an additional four weeks of tests-half before and half after the two months of complete bed rest.
The recruitment announcement specifies that the institute is specifically looking for 24 male non-smoking candidates, aged between 20 and 45 and in top-notch health. They are also required to fit and a body mass of 22 to 27. The aim of the researchers is to deeply examine how the study will effect people who are active.
All day doing nothing and just lying down sounds like easy, but the researchers warn in advance the weightlessness study may be more difficult than it seems.
The test procedure is the subject have to perform all daily activities while lying in bed, with the torse inclined at a 6-degree angle that positions the head lower than the feet. The activities will include eating, going to bathroom, which they must complete with one shoulder touching the bed or stretcher, according to Dr. Arnaud Beck, the physician who coordinates the study.
This experiment will be much like the astronauts on the ISS. In this two month of experiment of net getting out of bed, the volunteers have a great chance of experiencing muscular deterioration, as well as a decrease in bone density immunity.
"In certain conditions the cardiovascular system is affected and is not capable of making the same effort as before the experiment," Beck said in a statement.
Beck added that weightlessness typically results in hypotension, lowered blood volume, and vertigo. This explains the necessity for the two weeks of follow-up evaluation after the study is over, since participants have to readjust to being upright.