BENGALURU: It’s the kind of job one can only dream of. It does not require you to burn the midnight oil or spend long hours at your work stations. Instead, it demands you turn off the light at a proper time and get a good nine hours of sleep every day for the next hundred days. And you will be paid a cool Rs 1 lakh to do so. Twenty one Indians and two foreigners — from the US and Slovakia — have bagged this job.
Wakefit, an online sleep solutions startup, announced a new role on their website and on LinkedIn for ‘sleep interns’ last November and it received 1.7 lakh applications for the 23 vacancies. Applications came from India and 30 countries including the US, Italy, France and Venezuela. More than 1,000 applications were made on LinkedIn, making it one of the most applied jobs at that time.
“We are paying you to sleep,” said Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, CEO of Wakefit. “It almost started off as a prank but the sheer number of applications made us invest more time, effort and money. The deeper intent is to make people understand the value of sleep.”
Interns do not have to leave their existing jobs or leave the comforts of their homes. They can have an entirely regular day, come back and then sleep on a mattress and pillow provided by the company along with a Fitbit device worn on their hands to help track sleeping patterns.
“This is almost like a latenight part-time job,” says Mumbai-based Shrenik Choudhary, one of the interns. Choudhary, who is from Indore, says during his college days he used to stay awake till late at night, enjoying the city’s social life or completing assignments, which led to an insomnia problem. But when he landed a job, the rigours of a professional life were taxing and often after a grueling day, he would come back home and crash on the couch and fall asleep. This, he said, made him realise the value of sleep.
Applicants for the internship had to explain in writing why they were so passionate about sleep and prove it. In the next round, they had to send video resumes on why they love sleep and how they could demonstrate it in a creative way. “Some picked up the guitar and sang, some wrote poems, some even sent testimonials. But the best was a house maid testifying for a lady saying the latter never wakes up even when she is ready to leave after making food,” say Ramalingegowda.
Samata Ukil, another intern and a professional from Bengaluru, says she was prompted to apply for this by her former boss. “Throughout my life I have missed school buses, missed classes in college, been late to meetings, botched up meetings with friends due to my oversleeping. This asks me to sleep for nine hours and it is something required for a healthy lifestyle.”
Choudhary showed himself sleeping in different poses, including sleeping like Superman, for the video testimonial. Ukil got testimonials from all those who were affected by her sleeping excess. “My mother used to lament that I keep my room dark till midday and so nothing good could happen in the family.”

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