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How to become a Professional Sleeper

Published: Sunday 21st March 2021

Are you the type of person who sets fifteen alarms and hits the snooze button fifteen times before eventually getting up an hour later? You are most certainly not alone. 58% of under 35s in the UK hit the snooze button at least once. I bet you wish you could somehow turn your talent for sleep into a job. Imagine that, sleeping for a living… Well it turns out you can actually get a job as a professional sleeper. Keep reading to find out how!

Hand reaching out of bed to snooze alarm

Do dreams come true?

Before you get too excited, make sure you do some research. You’re not likely going to be paid to sleep in your own bed. You’ll be signing up to take part in scientific studies based around the effects things have on sleep or possibly testing various sleep related products. 

If this doesn’t phase you, then maybe it will put you off knowing you’ll be watched constantly. I sure hope you’re not a drooler, or a sleep talker. You could end up waking up to some awkward looking faces. Professional sleeping jobs might sound great, but they could also damage your social life and sleeping pattern. 

What do professional sleeper jobs involve

Professional sleeper sleeping in a bed

The job title is very self-explanatory really. I imagine nobody turns up to their first day at work without their pyjamas (if you usually sleep in your birthday suit remember to buy pyjamas.) But what will you actually be sleeping for? Some examples are:

  • Testing mattresses, pillows, duvets
  • Writing detailed reports on how you found the comfort and suggest possible improvements
  • Taking sleeping pills that will help you fall asleep for medical trials or art exhibitions
  • Testing the effects other medication, drinks or foods have on sleep

How to become a master under the sheets

Professional sleeper connected to machines for sleep study

Professional sleeper companies are looking for more than just tired people believe it or not. You need to have a knack for being able to sleep in an unfamiliar environment and being away from home for sometimes long periods. When involved in a sleep study or research study you’ll be monitored by more than just eyes. You’ll have wires attached to you so scientists can monitor your body while you’re sleeping.

It’s also expected that you have good general health and fitness so that no existing factors will skew results. Once the sleeping part is over, you’ll be back right reports just like a normal 9-5 job! Mattress testing jobs will expect you to provide compelling feedback about the comfort and feel of the mattress and how it might compare to others. 

Cash under your pillow

Some sleep studies can pay quite a lot for the amount of time and ‘work’ that you’ve put in. But the contracts are often sporadic and will sometimes favour new workers rather than the same candidates every time. This means it’s not always a reliable source of income. The average mattress tester salary is difficult to provide, but it’s likely to land between £15,000 per annum and £20,000 per annum. This would likely involve you working with multiple companies to pack out your sleep schedule. 

Mattress tester jobs in the UK are rare and you’ll likely need to build connections in the industry in order to hear about most opportunities. But if you’ve simply had enough with your day job and want to become a professional sleeper, then we recommend you sleep on it, and if it’s still something you want to do, sweet dreams!

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