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Nov 29, 2006, 10:50 AM
 
I've always wondered if it was bad for your health to fall asleep with your head completely under your bed covers, with no ventilation. Common sense tells me that your oxygen supply would eventually end up fairly depleted by the end of the night and probably cause some damage but I can't tell if 8 hours under covers would cause enough oxygen to be used to be harmful.

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Nov 29, 2006, 11:01 AM
 
If your oxygen gets low you'll just throw the covers off in your sleep. Reflex action.

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Nov 29, 2006, 11:07 AM
 
Why would you want to do that in the first place? I'd personally feel claustrophobic immediately.
     
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Nov 29, 2006, 11:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Why would you want to do that in the first place? I'd personally feel claustrophobic immediately.
dutch oven?
     
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Nov 29, 2006, 11:45 AM
 
Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton View Post
If your oxygen gets low you'll just throw the covers off in your sleep. Reflex action.

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OK same question but if it was a cat under the covers?

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Nov 29, 2006, 11:54 AM
 
Originally Posted by Pierre Capretz II View Post
dutch oven?
true.

also I've got a dog here that must be completely under all teh covers before she's happy. hasn't died once.
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Nov 29, 2006, 12:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
true.

also I've got a dog here that must be completely under all teh covers before she's happy. hasn't died yet.
haa you ducth oven your dog, and he probably dutch ovens himself

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Nov 29, 2006, 01:18 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dark Helmet View Post
OK same question but if it was a cat under the covers?
My cat sleeps under the blankets all the time.
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Nov 29, 2006, 01:30 PM
 
I sleep like that all the time, and have never died of asphyxiation.

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Nov 29, 2006, 01:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by TheoCryst View Post
I sleep like that all the time, and have never died of asphyxiation.
Are you sure?
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Nov 29, 2006, 01:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
Are you sure?
Well, last I checked...

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Nov 29, 2006, 01:32 PM
 
Your blanket isn't exactly air tight. Most likely you're not going to be able to deplete enough of the O2 to make it an issue. Like the same reason why it's not an awful thing to sleep with your door shut.
     
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Nov 29, 2006, 01:38 PM
 
Originally Posted by Salty View Post
Your blanket isn't exactly air tight. Most likely you're not going to be able to deplete enough of the O2 to make it an issue. Like the same reason why it's not an awful thing to sleep with your door shut.
A comforter can be rather heavy, and doesn't need to seal all the way around the bed - merely over your mouth. You shouldn't leave any loose materials (blankets, etc) in the crib/cradle of a newborn because they can actually suffocate from it. Obviously, they lack the motor skills and strength to throw off the blanket, but my point was more about the possibility of suffocation from a blanket.
     
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Nov 29, 2006, 01:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by wallinbl View Post
My point was more about the possibility of suffocation from a blanket.
I suppose it's possible, but not really likely for a full-grown adult with most of their motor skills intact. Very young children or small animals, on the other hand, could be at a small risk.

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Nov 29, 2006, 01:58 PM
 
Seeing as how we have never heard of this happening, ever... I would say that you are ok.

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Nov 29, 2006, 02:13 PM
 
Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
My cat sleeps under the blankets all the time.
Mine too but I still worry that they might not get enough air.

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Nov 29, 2006, 02:37 PM
 
Mine also sleep under the covers.

Cats aren't dumb. If they need air, they will come out.

The biggest danger of a cat under the covers is sitting on one, which I have done many times.

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Nov 29, 2006, 02:45 PM
 
I sleep all the way under the covers when it's really cold. I haven't died yet .
     
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Nov 29, 2006, 06:10 PM
 
my toes gotta be covered. gotta be.
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Nov 29, 2006, 06:30 PM
 
Was trying to Google Image that Farside comic for the advertisement of the Monster Snorkel (with the kid hiding under his covers, using a snorkle, with all the monsters running aboutn. )
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Nov 30, 2006, 08:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by IceEnclosure View Post
true.

also I've got a dog here that must be completely under all teh covers before she's happy. hasn't died once.
That's good. Because after two or three times, I bet the dog would get mad at you.

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Nov 30, 2006, 11:51 AM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Was trying to Google Image that Farside comic for the advertisement of the Monster Snorkel (with the kid hiding under his covers, using a snorkle, with all the monsters running aboutn. )
I remember that one

I could have really used it as a kid that's for sure.

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Nov 30, 2006, 12:02 PM
 
if its your head that gets cold at night, then wear one of those beanie burglar masks or ninja masks when you go to bed. Sure you'll look like a dork, but at least you'll be comfortable.

(and it at least solves the CO2/O2 problem)

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Nov 30, 2006, 06:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by Mastrap View Post
Why would you want to do that in the first place? I'd personally feel claustrophobic immediately.
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Nov 30, 2006, 06:54 PM
 
my GF does this...

and she doesnt show any sign of brain damage with a 99.9% average at school
     
   
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