Would you like to spend 70 days in bed? Nasa pays $ 18,000 for total idleness

Original author: Michelle Castillo
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The study of the results of prolonged bed rest is aimed at studying the effect of prolonged space travel on bones and muscles.
This is astronaut Mike Fink, participating in the third of four spacewalks during the six-month- ninth expedition to the ISS.

If you usually get out of bed with difficulty, then NASA has a job for you.
NASA recruits volunteers to lie in a bed, tilted down 6 degrees for 70 days. Participants who complete the project can receive up to $ 18,000.
The study is aimed at studying the conditions in which astronauts fall. Nasa hopes to find out what physical changes are happening to scientists involved in its space missions and how much it affects the ability to perform certain tasks. Information will be used to create methods to help astronauts more successfully adapt to daily activities in space.
Because there is no gravity in space, astronauts do not properly strain muscles, which adversely affects their shape.
During the study, participants are required to be at a slight angle that allows fluid to move toward the upper body. This should allow us to investigate cardiovascular symptoms similar to those experienced by astronauts during expeditions.

Volunteers will be divided into 2 groups. Some will be in the NASA research center for 105 days and will perform a range of physical exercises simultaneously with bed rest. The second group will spend 97 days at the facility and will not perform exercises.
Information about the state of bones, muscles, heart, cardiovascular system, nervous system, as well as nutritional conditions and the state of the immune system will be continuously recorded.
When participants need a shower or go to the toilet, they will use NASA-modified devices that require no standing up.
Both groups will be able to spend several days of normal, moving life in a research center. In addition, after the end of 70 days of the study, 2 weeks of rehabilitation are provided, during which the participants return to normal life.
NASA will pay $ 1,200 per week, which can last up to 15 weeks.
Still interested? Participants must be in uniform, non-smokers and appropriate to the third class of physical training of the US Air Force.
“We don’t need couch potatoes for this study,” says Roni Cromwell, a senior fellow.

Some health risk

It is clear that the project is accompanied by a health risk. Dr. Adam Stein, chairman of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, NY, told CBSNews that he usually observes the loss of muscle mass, bone density and lung volume in patients who have been in bed rest.
There is also the likelihood of problems with the excretory system.
“I think that after 70 days there may be changes that cannot be eliminated immediately,” he said, adding that healthy people should ultimately come to their original state.
Stationary people are prone to skin problems such as pressure sores. But Stein, as an independent expert, said that since volunteers are in good shape and without health problems, the risk of these problems is minimal.
Most of all, he is concerned about the psychological problems that may arise in the process of inaction. People may begin to feel anxious while in bed for so long.
“I studied a number of similar studies and thought that a person must be crazy to go for it,” said Stein. “The psychological side of this study bothers me perhaps more than the physical.”
Cromwell told Forbes magazine that: “not every personality type is suitable for a 70-day study.”

Way to salvation

“Research participants should look at this as an opportunity to help astronauts maintain their health in space,” Cromwell explains.
Heather Archuleta, a NASA volunteer who participated in a similar research program in 2008, told Forbes that just lying on the bed is not as easy as it sounds.

The horizontal simulator makes it possible to perform normal lying exercises without violating the conditions of bed rest.

“Even when it became very difficult, I remembered that I did it for the astronauts, helping to keep them healthy during the research,” she said. “The day I got up after 54 days in bed, my legs hurt as if I had an accident. But I reminded myself that this is what all astronauts have to go through. By participating in ground-based research, you partially experience the same as astronauts there in space. ”