Both healthy individuals and those with sleep disorders can participate in research studies that pay you to sleep. Most studies are conducted through hospitals, universities and associated laboratories. These studies typically include multiple tests to gather recorded information about brain waves, muscle and eye movement, heart rhythm and respiration patterns. Payment varies depending on the requirements for the study. Contact your local hospital or university to locate paid sleep study opportunities in your area.
Who Can Participate in a Sleep Study?
Healthy individuals who range from age 18 to 40 are commonly sought to participate in sleep studies. Those with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, excessive snoring, or who suffer from narcolepsy may also participate. Some research will include both healthy groups and those with sleep issues so that the study will have a control group. You will likely be hooked up to both brain and heart monitors. Although each participant will sleep alone in a room, studies often include both men and women.
Sleep Study Length and Compensation
According to one sleep study, conducted by the University of Colorado at Boulder, the 14- to 17-day sleep study compensation payout netted participants up to $2,730, as of January 2015. Those participating in the four-day sleep study could expect up to $702. Payout amounts may vary depending on the length, location and scope of the sleep study.