Getting paid to sleep or nap would be the ultimate dream (pun intended!) job for most of us!
Most jobs require you to put in some effort, whether doing something intense like lifting heavy boxes or typing business letters.
If you wish to earn money in a niche where you don’t have to exert yourself, you’re in luck: get paid to nap!
No, this isn’t a joke.
Some businesses pay individuals to catch z’s.
Why would they do this?
Many companies pay people to doze typically work in the mattress industry, and they want to measure how their mattresses affect someone’s sleep.
In 2021, a company called Eachnight once hired nappers to sleep for 30 days and receive a $1,500 payment at the end of the trial.
Nonetheless, you could get paid to sleep in industries unrelated to mattress studies.
Read on to learn how to make money while snoozing.
Real Ways to Get Paid to Sleep
Catch 40 winks and make a quick buck with these jobs.
1. Test Sleep Products for Eachnight
As mentioned earlier in this post, many companies, like Eachnight, pay others to nap to examine its effects on them.
Other businesses create sleep aid products like eye masks or earplugs to address sleep issues, especially since 50 to 70 million American adults struggle with sleep disorders.
This opportunity is currently closed, so check back for new openings.
2. House Sitter
Watching over someone’s home for a few days, weeks, or months is one of the easiest jobs you could have.
Sure, you’ll need to clean it up and watch over any plants or pets.
But after getting the chores out of the way, you can help yourself to the fridge, watch TV, and, of course, nap.
The best perk of all is getting free housing.
Browse House Sitters America and Workaway for house-sitting jobs.
3. Professional Line Holder
Even though one can purchase tickets to a popular event online these days, many people still wait in line, especially if they’re waiting for the release of a new novel.
Since waiting in line usually takes hours, some individuals pay someone to hold their place.
If you don’t mind holding someone’s place in line, you can busy yourself by setting up a tent and sleeping while you wait your turn to buy a ticket.
Where to find such gigs?
Try Craigslist. (I’ve seen a few line holder ads here a few times.)
4. Hotel Mystery Shopper
Mystery shopping isn’t just for grocery stores and restaurants; businesses pay individuals to mystery shop at hotels, too.
Here’s how it works: you pose as a guest and stay over for as long as the job requires.
Once you complete your stay, you fill out a survey to share your experience, including how well you slept, of course.
Use ZipRecruiter, FlexJobs, or a search engine to find hotel mystery shopping jobs.
5. Donate Plasma
Donating plasma is humanitarian and relaxing, provided you don’t mind having a needle in your arm.
Since the process takes about an hour, you can sleep while donating. (Due to my fear of needles, it’d be tough to sleep knowing I have a needle in my arm.)
You can go to your local plasma donation center twice a week to make extra cash.
6. Rent Out Space in Your Home
Live in a big house or apartment?
Use any extra space in your home to board overnight guests.
During their stay, you can sleep in your room while they sleep in the basement, attic, or another room.
Sign up for Airbnb, Vrbo, or another site to get started.
7. Watch Ads
Unlike falling asleep in front of the TV, you can actually make money from watching ads in another way.
Swagbucks and other similar sites pay you to watch advertisements.
Just stream the ads and take a nap when you feel drowsy.
(Streaming ads is a good money-making method on days when you’re not feeling well.)
8. Overnight Caregiver
You can earn money as an overnight caregiver if you’re a CNA or LPN.
Some patients, like incapacitated seniors or others with severe special needs, require 24/7 care.
You would stay at a patient’s home to care for them during working hours and sleep on breaks.
9. Invest Stock/Crypto/Money
Investing money is a very passive and simple money-making strategy.
All you need to do is set it and forget it. (Well, not really forget it, but it takes less work than most jobs, and your money grows while you sleep.)
Consider checking out sites like Fundrise and Robinhood to learn more.
10. Sell Sleep-Related Photos
Companies like Shutterstock allows you to sell photos on their site. (People can obtain your sleep-related pictures of mattresses, a picture of yourself sleeping, and bed photos while you earn passive commissions.)
11. Get Paid to Sleep for NASA
Every now and then, NASA has openings for bed rest trials.
The purpose of these studies is to aid astronauts during their space travels.
Researchers monitor the fluids running through the brains and bodies of test subjects.
These trials last a few months, so make sure you can afford to live away from home for a while before participating in the studies.
Go to the NASA :envihab to check for current openings.
12. Live Stream Sleeping Videos
Do you have a YouTube channel or want to create one?
You can make a YouTube channel dedicated to live streaming yourself while taking naps and monetizing your videos.
13. Work for Sleep Junkie
What is Sleep Junkie?
It’s a website that provides product reviews for mattresses and tips for better sleeping.
Sleep Junkie hosts paid studies for people to test blankets, pillows, mattresses, and other products.
You have two months to try out the products and submit reviews for them.
It doesn’t have any opportunities right now; therefore, you should check back from time to time.
14. Be a Sleep Coach
Many people struggle with sleeping well.
This is where you could come in.
If you possess experience in sleep coaching, you can aid others in overcoming sleep problems.
Make money for your business by sharing your battles with sleeping and how you overcame them through online videos or e-books.
15. Overnight Pet Sitter
Think about watching someone’s pet while they’re away on vacation.
You can stay over at the owner’s home, or they can bring their pets to your home.
Either way, you get to earn money sleeping during downtimes.
Visit Rover or other related sites for pet-sitting jobs.
16. Rent Out Storage Space
Some people need extra storage space for their possessions but don’t want to endure the headaches of renting a storage unit.
You can help clients by offering storage space in your garage or basement and making money sleeping while holding their stuff for them.
Begin by searching for gigs through Neighbor and make a few hundred a month.
17. Blog About Hotels
This is similar to hotel mystery shopping mentioned in number 4, except you’re hosting your own blog instead of picking up gigs through a company.
You make money by traveling to hotels all over the country (or the world) and posting reviews to attract and maintain followers.
18. Become a Sleep Executive
A sleep executive examines the efficiency of blinds, curtains, and shutters because these objects affect how well someone sleeps.
You’d use the products during naps and bedtime and then report your findings to interior designers.
19. Participate in Clinical Sleep Trials
Research facilities like universities and hospitals regularly recruit subjects for sleep studies.
Scientists monitor and analyze breathing patterns, heart rates, and brain waves.
Visit ClinicalTrials.gov to search for any openings.
20. Be a Live-in Nanny
Some people employ live-in childcare, aka nannies, to look after their young children for a few years.
Nannies have free room and board and receive a stipend.
When nighttime arrives, you turn in for the night. (Or at least you try to sleep unless you have to get up to change diapers or tend to sick children.)
21. Share Living Space with Roommates
This option requires you to pay a portion of the rent since you’re sharing living space with one or more roommates.
However, it cuts down costs and increases your savings because splitting rent with other people is typically cheaper than paying it by yourself.
Getting Paid to Nap: Not a Dream!
Most people are familiar with the saying, “You snooze, you lose.”
But that’s not the case when you can earn money sleeping.
Getting paid to sleep sounds like my kind of job. (Not that freelance writing’s bad.)
Anyway, if any of the above jobs interest you, consider applying to them or running a business where you get paid to nap.