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How to get paid $2,000 to sleep 9 hours a day

A cat sleeping on a sofa with a mobile phone by its side.
If you can sleep like a cat, there's the perfect job for you. (Image: Getty)

An Indian startup has offered a 100-day internship that requires the employee to sleep for 9 hours each day.

Wakefit, which produces mattresses, beds, pillows and sheets, has put the call out for applicants that will allow them to collect data on sleeping subjects.

The skills required for the job include "a fanatical passion for sleep and an innate ability to fall asleep at the slightest given opportunity".

"Just sleep. For as long as you can, as deep as you can, and as competitively as you can. You just rest. Leave the rest to us," states the internship application page.

"But it’s not as easy as it sounds."

Successful candidates will be paid 100,000 rupees, equivalent to AU$2,000.

The interns will be required to sleep 9 hours each day, seven days a week, on one of the startup's mattresses. Their sleep cycles will be monitored, according to Business Insider India, while counselling would also be offered.

No laptop computer would be allowed during work hours, which means no binging on streaming entertainment while trying to fall asleep.

"We are looking to recruit the best sleepers in the country who are willing to go to any lengths to make sleep a priority in their lives," Wakefit co-founder Chaitanya Ramalingegowda said.

While it's a dream job for many, some social media users were sceptical.

"Not always easy to sleep 9 hours. Could be stressful," said one Instagram user.

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