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Posted on: June 22, 2019

Smell that Smoke?

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Smell that Smoke?

Not If You’re Asleep

Don’t count on the smell of smoke or gas to alert you in case of danger.  Accordingly to a study from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  Sounds will usually disturb sleep, but scents will not.  During the study participants detected aromas when awake and in the early stages of sleep.  But at deeper sleep no one reacted to the odors.  

The auditory sense, however, does respond during sleep.  Even moderately loud noises aroused the study group every time.   

Why is this true?  The study suggests a “significant altercation of perceptual processing as a function of sleep.”  Olfactory perception, or the sense of smell appears to be practically nonexistent during sleep. 

Many people rely on their sense of smell to awaken them in the case of fire.  The study warns this is not a reliable alarm system, which is probably why so many lives are lost every year in night time fires. People continue to sleep while the room fills with smoke or their mattress goes up in flames around them.  

WHY TAKE THE RISK?  SMOKE DETECTORS ARE CHEAP, GENERALLY RELIABLE AND MIGHT JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE.  EVERY HOUSE SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH SEVERAL, ESPECIALLY IN SLEEPING AREAS.  THE BATTERY TYPE SHOLD BE CHECKED ONCE A MONTH AND THE BATTERY CHANGED AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR

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