You don’t need to worry about sleeping on the job if you are a professional nap reviewer. Yes, a nap reviewer is a real job. Eachnight is a company focused on sleep health, and it will pay people $1,500 to take naps every day for 30 days. They want a team of nap reviewers of at least 18-years of age to “test a few theories behind the pros and cons of napping.”
“We know that in general different length naps have different benefits, but we are keen to put this to the test, and we need your help!” the company wrote on its website.
Eachnight Will Pay People to Take Naps
It’s not all naps and giggles, however. The nap reviewers have to write reviews on their sleep time in English and according to specific instructions.
“Over the course of 30 days, our dedicated nappers will be required to take part in a variety of experiments testing out theories such as the best nap duration for feeling refreshed, the effects of napping on overall levels of fatigue, and the effects of napping on memory, motivation and productivity,” eachnight wrote. 
On their blog, they include a list of tips for a good nap. “The idea that napping is for young children and burnt out university students is slowly dissipating, and an increasing number of working adults are beginning to see the benefits of a daytime snooze,” writes Jasmin Lee from the company. “Understanding that napping can be a tricky thing to get right, we wanted to test out some of the theories behind the practice and decided how better to gather our findings than on real people who might benefit from a nap the most.”
The Benefits of Napping
Naps aren’t just for kids and college students pulling all-nighters. Some research has found that a power nap could be more helpful for productivity than a cup of coffee. Naps provide other benefits for healthy adults including:
- Reduced fatigue
- Reduce stress
- Improved mood
- Improve alertness 
- Lowered blood pressure
- Enhanced learning skills
- Prevent burnout
Keep in mind that oversleeping also has negative health effects. First off, it leaves you feeling more tired after you get up. For people who tend to oversleep, it may not pay to take naps during the day. However, too little sleep can cause fatigue, irritability, weight gain, trouble concentrating, memory impairment, and increased risk of vehicle accidents. 
Tips for a Good Nap
There’s an art to a good and productive nap. Done wrong could leave a person feeling more tired, irritable and wreck their sleep that night. Here are the most important tips for a good nap:
- Keep your naps short, around 15–30 minutes. If they are longer, you could fall into a deeper sleeper, leaving you feeling groggy afterward. Don’t forget to set an alarm.
- Nap in the early afternoon. Sleeping after 3 p.m. could interfere with that night’s slumber. Be sure to plan your nap around your regular sleeping schedule. For instance, if you are going to stay up late, you might want to take a nap that day.
- Make the environment as restful as possible. Remove distractions and nap in a dark, quiet place with a comfortable room temperature.
- Avoid caffeine after 3 p.m. It stays in your system for about 4–6 hours and could disrupt your sleep.
Additionally, give yourself some time to wake up before returning to your daily activities. You might feel tired for a bit before you feel the restorative effects of the nap. Even if you have only five minutes to close your eyes, take them. A short rest could still help relax and reduce stress for the rest of the day. Or, if you don’t feel comfortable napping, try meditation. It could provide the rest you need without completely powering down. 
Most people don’t earn pay to take naps, but they could still enjoy the health benefits of them.
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- “You Can Get Paid $1,500 to Take Naps.” Thrillist. Dustin Nelson. May 6, 2021
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- “The Overwhelming Benefits of Power Napping.” Very Well Mind. Elizabeth Scott, MS. January 2, 2020