at first I was like, well the cat is familiar and I've been in this house before so I must really be awake. but this bathroom I don't remember. could I have overlooked it? oh wait. Smudge is dead. I must still be dreaming.
the thing to do when you realize you are still dreaming (I don't know how to get to that point but almost all my dreaming is lucid these days. or nights) and you know, say, that you have to pee for real, or that you've been in bed for hours and should get up already, is to close your (imaginary) eyes and lean back and relax and let your head spin around and around over itself until you wake up again. then of course you have to apply your reality tests and if the scenario doesn't pass you go through the process again. the one realization that has yet to make it into my dream life is that when I actually wake up I know immediately that I'm awake and don't actually have to apply the reality tests. so of course the first test of reality should be "do I feel the need to apply a reality test" in which case I've already got my answer.
anyway I'm only up before noon because I had to pee this morning and it took a few trips to bizarre bathrooms before I finally made it to a real one. then I figured I might as well make coffee and stay up.