Sleeping with a fan on

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    Mar 02, 2015 12:16 PM GMT
    How many of you do this.
    I can't sleep without the white noise of a fan going and thought I was odd for it. Recently in conversations I've discovered several others with this "addiction".
    So, who sleeps with a fan going?
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    Mar 02, 2015 12:18 PM GMT
    I don't, but I have a sister who does even during chilly winter. You are all *weird*. I am NORMAL!!icon_mad.gif
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    Mar 02, 2015 12:28 PM GMT
    I sleep with ceiling fan on 365, it’s not for the white noise, I need it for air circulation.
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    Mar 02, 2015 12:48 PM GMT
    back in college, had to get a rather loud "air-refresher" unit and turn it on high to mask the loud noises of my roommate letting the door slam when he got in late at night. I had morning classes, so off to bed early. Now I just use earplugs.
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    Mar 02, 2015 12:49 PM GMT
    I just switch on pandora really low
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    Mar 02, 2015 1:06 PM GMT
    Yeah I use a fan every night even in the winter haha
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    Mar 02, 2015 1:17 PM GMT
    What do you mean saying 'fan'? :O

    Sorry for my low english level. TT
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    Mar 02, 2015 1:43 PM GMT
    yeah there's always a fan going in just about every room of the house.
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    Mar 02, 2015 2:25 PM GMT
    Yeah I like it but apparently it's an expensive habit.
  • Atom77

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    Mar 02, 2015 2:29 PM GMT
    I use the app called Ambience every night. Lots of different sounds to choose from to help lull you to sleep!
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    Mar 02, 2015 3:19 PM GMT
    My husband likes the ceiling fan to be on for the breeze, but it makes me shiver if I'm not under at least a sheet.

    I have a sound generator for my tinnitus (so-called "ringing" in the ears), but I seldom use it, the bedroom TV serves that purpose.
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    Mar 02, 2015 3:30 PM GMT
    I do it in the summer because I avoid the A/C if there's anyway that I can. I like body to be a bit warm with cool breeze on my face.
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    Mar 02, 2015 3:33 PM GMT
    I usually make my fans sleep on the floor.
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    Mar 02, 2015 3:54 PM GMT
    Ever since the days of Humphrey and Ingrid back in Casablanca, you know, since the 21st century with its central a/c, I've found that mostly what a fan does best is stir up dust that would otherwise settle where I can get it with a rag and a floor scrubber.

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    Exhaust fans make sense so I have that. Piped out the room, not just blowing back inside. But not ceiling fans. I've removed all those, both in this house and in my last one. That's one of the first things I do when I rehab. Get rid of those stupid as fuck things. When was the last time any of yas cleaned the tops of those blades? They're freaking disgusting. And here's why:

    http://www.imponderables.com/why_do_ceiling.php
    ... In the hair-raising first chapter of the marvelous The Secret House, David Bodanis notes that tens of thousands of human skin flakes fall off our body every minute....

    "Luckily" for us, there are millions of microscopic mites in our abodes, insects that dine on the skin that we shed. Bodanis estimates that just within the average double bed mattress, two million dust mites live on our discarded skin and hair. Each mite defecates perhaps twenty times a day; their fecal pellets are so small that they float in the air, circulating around the house. Despite the millions of insects who depend upon our shedding skin for their survival, human skin and hair is by far the largest component in the dust found on ceiling fans and throughout the house. Makes you want to run out and get an air filter, doesn't it?

    Why, yes, it does, and that's what I do. I've a filter on the central a/c, changed regularly, and I've two other air filters in the house. Filters, not fans.

    http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/indoor-allergies/dust-mites-and-allergies.htm
    Avoid using fans, especially where you sleep. Fans stir up dust. Air conditioners, both central and window units, can help keep the air cool, dry, and free of airborne allergens such as dust.
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 02, 2015 4:22 PM GMT
    Yep. I like the air movement but also the white noise. It is an addiction, at least mentally. I miss it in hotel rooms.
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    Mar 02, 2015 4:33 PM GMT
    Radd saidI usually make my fans sleep on the floor.


    Good one for an early Monday morning.
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    Mar 02, 2015 6:25 PM GMT
    Arnau saidWhat do you mean saying 'fan'? :O
    Sorry for my low english level. TT

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    Mar 02, 2015 6:49 PM GMT
    I have slept with a fan on for years. I need the white noise and i like the air circulation. 365..
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    Mar 02, 2015 7:10 PM GMT
    There are also whole-house fans, though seldom seen these days. The old-fashioned ceiling fan has mad a comeback and is now very common in US homes.

    My late Father hated A/C, wouldn't even have one in the car. Even though I explained that he didn't have to use it when he was riding, but the rest of the family would enjoy it when he wasn't with us. No sale.

    I finally had to wait until 1966, when I got a car of my own with A/C. That same year, or maybe a year before, I also got and installed a window air conditioner for my bedroom in my parents' home.

    That finally convinced Dad and he let me get a much bigger unit that cooled 3 rooms, that I also installed myself. Because that 1920s house couldn't have central air without major modifications.

    Dad's solution, until that point, had been a large exhaust fan he had put in an attic wall. It was essentially a belt-driven industrial fan, the blades almost 4 feet across, like you might see in factories or some big-box stores like COSTCO.

    When that thing was running air from outside blew in from every open window in the house. Room doors had to be blocked or the air would slam them shut with a great bang. A rather inelegant solution to cooling, but that was Dad - once he'd made up his mind about something, in this case A/C, he was hard to budge, and he'd go to ridiculous lengths to stick to his decision. And so we had a whole-house exhaust fan.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 02, 2015 7:40 PM GMT
    Only during the warmer months, I have my ceiling fan running. I've found I've fallen asleep with my space heater running, which isn't the best thing to do, for sure.
  • tazzari

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    Mar 02, 2015 7:40 PM GMT
    I use an air filter - same effect + clean air. At the ranch it's so quiet I can's sleep, so I use a ceiling fan. In motels I used to cover the TV with a towel and leave it on a blank channel.

    As I get older I have fewer and fewer fans. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 02, 2015 7:46 PM GMT
    tazzari saidI use an air filter - same effect + clean air. At the ranch it's so quiet I can's sleep, so I use a ceiling fan. In motels I used to cover the TV with a towel and leave it on a blank channel.

    My late partner bought me a sound generator that had about 20 sounds. One of them was "city" sounds, for urban types who were unable to sleep in the quiet country. I laughed to hear it, things like car horns and other street sounds. I never used it.
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    Mar 02, 2015 8:13 PM GMT
    For the guys with a ceiling fan who run it in the summer, something you may have forgotten or didn't know is that ceiling fans typically have a switch to reverse the direction so that it blows up instead of down. I find it distracting having even a very gentle breeze on me so I have mine set to blow upward. That way I get a more subtle air movement in the room.
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    Mar 02, 2015 9:28 PM GMT
    I love sleeping with fans as long as they bring something to the table.

    (I know. Table fan.)

    theantijock saidEver since the days of Humphrey and Ingrid back in Casablanca, you know, since the 21st century with its central a/c, I've found that mostly what a fan does best is stir up dust that would otherwise settle where I can get it with a rag and a floor scrubber.

    money_booth1.gif

    Exhaust fans make sense so I have that. Piped out the room, not just blowing back inside. But not ceiling fans. I've removed all those, both in this house and in my last one. That's one of the first things I do when I rehab. Get rid of those stupid as fuck things. When was the last time any of yas cleaned the tops of those blades? They're freaking disgusting. And here's why:

    http://www.imponderables.com/why_do_ceiling.php
    ... In the hair-raising first chapter of the marvelous The Secret House, David Bodanis notes that tens of thousands of human skin flakes fall off our body every minute....

    "Luckily" for us, there are millions of microscopic mites in our abodes, insects that dine on the skin that we shed. Bodanis estimates that just within the average double bed mattress, two million dust mites live on our discarded skin and hair. Each mite defecates perhaps twenty times a day; their fecal pellets are so small that they float in the air, circulating around the house. Despite the millions of insects who depend upon our shedding skin for their survival, human skin and hair is by far the largest component in the dust found on ceiling fans and throughout the house. Makes you want to run out and get an air filter, doesn't it?

    Why, yes, it does, and that's what I do. I've a filter on the central a/c, changed regularly, and I've two other air filters in the house. Filters, not fans.

    http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/indoor-allergies/dust-mites-and-allergies.htm
    Avoid using fans, especially where you sleep. Fans stir up dust. Air conditioners, both central and window units, can help keep the air cool, dry, and free of airborne allergens such as dust.


    I clean the blades monthly.

    After I walk around the house with a leaf blower and blow out the house top to bottom - ceiling fans/fixtures and top of kitchen cabinets and their insides first, then closet shelves and closets, then drawers, then bookshelves. Then I start back in the first room after the dust settles and do upholstered furniture, lampshades, corners and floors, blowing most of the dust out the doors. An entire large house takes less than half an hour.

    Think your house is clean? It never will be until you try my method. It'll ferret out dust bunnies and dead mice from the last homeowner and you'll neither get your hands dirty nor need to empty a vacuum bag. Dust-sensitive? Wear a hepa mask during the blow out.
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    Mar 02, 2015 9:31 PM GMT
    I use a white-noise generator that is like a fan motor but in a housing that allows you to adjust the volume. Amazon sells them.