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Question Posted Monday September 7 2009, 11:23 am

ok i have hear that having a fan blow on you at night while your asleep is bad. is this true? and if so, why?

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ThirdQED answered Monday September 7 2009, 11:27 pm:
Not a whole lot of research has been done regarding this issue so there is not really any trusted sources that I could link you to.

To begin with, it is a fact that many people sleep with the fan on all the time and never get sick because of it; but I have also heard cases where some people say that they experience flu-like symptoms after they go through a night with the fans on. So I suppose that means it is more or less different for each person.

---> If it's cold or if you are wet, you might not want to sleep with the fan on. Because although "cold" does not direct make you sick, it does lower your immunity, making it easier for you to get sick (which is not something you want, unless you have a crush on a nurse and you really want to see her [or something like taht], if you know what I mean, hehehe).

---> It might not be a good idea to sleep with both the air conditioner and the fan on at the same time, through the entire night because . . . (same reason as stated above) cold conditions lower your body's immunity, making your body more susceptible to contracting the cold virus.

---> If you have some sort of allergies, then the dust particles and pet dander (if you got a pet) in the fan may stir up your allergies (which might make you thought that you are sick, but in truth, it's just your allergies acting up).

---> Are you sure the fan is not drying out your sinuses? This might cause flu-like symptoms, too.

---> Fan death? You know, I have doubts on whether a fan can kill you. I mean, for hypothermia to happen, you have to be in quite a cold environment--sleeping outside, on the snow, during winter, without a blanket or heater may lower your body temperature enough to cause hypothermia but . . . a fan? Correct me if I am wrong but I am pretty sure a fan is not a freezer.

So, in conclusion, if you feel fine after spending a whole night with the fan on, go for it. No direct harmful effect has been found yet, but remember that it might harm you indirectly.

Hope this helps,
Ng2491 =)

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hotpotato answered Monday September 7 2009, 6:58 pm:
One Leg Over - Beauty Queen Stretch: Bend one knee and cross over other leg that is extended straight out on the floor. Rotate trunk to opposite side, i.e. if right leg is crossed over left leg, rotate your trunk to right). Reverse.

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Your body temperature drops when you're sleeping so couple that with additional lowering of the temperature (fan blowing), it's not like it would really do any damage if you are under the covers but your head's exposed. I don't think there is any harm, though.

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christina answered Monday September 7 2009, 6:05 pm:
I doubt that's true. I sleep every night with at least 3-4 fans in my room. Sometimes I sleep in the living room where the air conditioner is & still have 1 or 2 fans going out there. I think you should be fine.

The only risk I would see is if your hair is wet because that could get you sick but other than that I see no harm, unless you're like an environmentally friendly person concerned about energy & electricity.

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lilly_pads79 answered Monday September 7 2009, 5:40 pm:
It's not bad at all. I suppose if your hair is wet when you to sleep it could be bad. But just sleeping with a fan is completely fine I do it every night.

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