MOST of us struggle to get out of bed to go to work in the morning - but Ieva Baradouska heads to the office only to lie down again.
The 32-year-old earns £75,000 a year picking out the comfiest mattresses for her customers - but to test the true quality she must get her head down.
Ieva has worked for mattress firm Dormeo for a total of 13 years.
Six years ago she moved over to the UK from Slovenia to take on the role of "comfort expert".
She told The Sun Online: "I spend a lot of time talking with customers, researching new products and looking around the market to find the materials to match their needs.
“But I have to admit it's probably the only career where sleeping on the job is actively encouraged.
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IS testing beds, something you would love to get paid to do? Here are some tips from Ieva on how to land the job
- Know your mattresses: There are more than a few types, make sure you know what they are and how they are different from each other.
- Build experience to develop a "feel": Try different mattresses in retail stores and build the knowledge and the experience. This will help you to get a feel for it if you have never worked in the industry before.
- Travel: Travelling and sleeping in different beds is a good way to learn what works and doesn't in different countries.
- Review for free: Create a list of companies you are interested in working with. Give them a call and ask for advice on how to go about their reviewing their product. This will often be unpaid but again it is good experience you can add on your CV.
Ieva, who now lives in Gerrards Cross, Bucks, spends about 30 minutes of her working day napping in addition to at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.
She said: "Getting the best night sleep possible is a job requirement.
"I wouldn't be doing it properly if I didn't try out all of our main products.
"So, I'll spend 15 minutes lying on a mattress in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon at work.
"I try to keep myself awake but on difficult days, I just doze off. I spend the rest of my time talking to customers as well as the developers and doing research."
"When I head home, I'll usually take a mattress with me, and try it out for a week."
Her job also involves lots of travelling to countries like Singapore, the US and Japan to try out new products and materials.
Sadly, being a serial napper and staying in your jammies all day won't be enough to land you the job.
Ieva got the position after graduating with an MBA in business administration from the University of Economics of Ljubljana and working across several other departments within Dormeo including marketing.
Since then she has helped thousands of customers sleep easy.
"I'm one of those people who need a lot of sleep, so a comfortable mattress has always been really important to me - but you need to develop a 'feel' for it," she added.
Ieva recons that her job is just like being a wine expert - but for sleep lovers, not drinkers.
She said: "It’s like training for a wine tasting – you learn how to distinguish the colours, flavours and smells.
"You might love drinking it with friends but at first it's likely you don't know the differences between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot.
"It's the same when it come to mattress testing, you need to develop a 'feel' for it - and learn the differences between the different materials and fabrics."
Ieva says that the popularity of a mattress differs depending on where you live.
For example, people living in Japan like firm mattresses mainly because it is a futon culture, while Americans tend to go for very soft products.
Brits and Europeans usually go for mattresses somewhere in-between - a combination of softness and firmness.
Ieva said: “Comfort is going to become more and important. We spend so much time in our beds that it is really important to ensure we have the right mattress.”
"So comfort experts, mattress testers, bedding buyers are all developing skills and I think there will be more and more job opportunities in the industry in the future."
"The most important thing you'll need to do at a job interview is show you have experience.
"You can start by just lying on beds in retail stores, take notes, try to understand how the products compare one to each other.
"Travelling and trying out different beds in various countries is also useful experience that is worth mentioning at an interview."