Surefire Wake-Up Technique

I now know that nothing can wake me from a deep sleep quite as effectively as my wife sitting up in bed at 4 a.m. and saying, “Do you smell smoke?” In about three seconds I was pacing the house, sniffing the air, trying to figure out where the smell was coming from. Fortunately, it appeared to be something carried by the breeze outside, which came through our open bedroom window (the temperature has been in the 80s and 90s in Seattle, so the house gets pretty hot).

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