Best Alarm Clock Apps for Heavy Sleepers (Android | iOS)

Apple has Bedtime, and Android has Google Clock – both let you set an alarm. In fact, Bedtime can even track your sleep, while Google Clock lets you set Spotify alarm (although we don’t suggest setting your alarm to your favorite song). Overall, these apps are fine for most people, but they do lack many useful features like – smart alarms, wake-up options, sleep tracking, integration with wearable, and much more. That’s where third-party alarm apps come in. So, if you are looking for just the right amount of push, these alarm clock apps will do the extra to make sure that you can’t get away without waking up in the morning. Let’s check out the best alarm clock app for heavy sleepers.

Best Alarm Clock Apps

1. Alarmy

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is one of the most popular alarm clock apps that along with its alarm functionalities, it can show you the weather and news. It also comes with a few theming and customizability options.

How it wakes you up

  • Photo Mode:- register a place or object of which you have to take a picture of to turn off the alarm.
  • Shake Mode:- when the alarm starts ringing, shake your phone fifty times to make it go off.
  • Math Problem Mode:- The app will pose you with a math equation or problem which you have to solve.

The shake mode really requires some effort but I felt that the math problems are too easy and not that efficient in waking you up.

Download Alarmy (iOS, Android)

2. Wakie Community

Wakie might seem a little weird at first but trust me it really does the job you need it to do – to definitely wake you up in the morning! Basically, it is a social platform through which you can talk to a stranger anywhere in the world.

How it wakes you up

Talking to strangers, making friends – all of that is fine, but what’s even cooler is that Wakie allows you to ask for a wake-up call; where a random person can call you to wake you up by calling you. If there are no humans available, then the app uses a bot to make the call. Nevertheless, it is one of the most unique alarms I have come across.

Wakie works surprisingly well in waking you up from your slumber; something about talking to a random person just makes you awake and especially so if you are more of a social person. The community is quite populated and during my time testing the app, I never got a bot call.

Download Wakie (iOS, Android)

3. Sleep Better

The next app on our list, Sleep Better takes more of a scientific approach to sleep patterns and cycles to make waking up more efficient and easier. The app allows you to track your sleep, caffeine and alcohol intake, exercise information, and even maintain a sleep diary.

How it wakes you up
Just by placing your device next to your pillow, Sleep Better’s sleep tracker is able to monitor your sleep cycles and track the duration of your deep sleep cycles and light cycles. And smartly enough, the app wakes you up while you are going through a light cycle so that you feel much more energetic when you wake up instead of feeling lazy.

This application provides all sleep-related insights and great sleep tracking. I don’t know if it’s the placebo effect or not, but I really noticed a difference being woken up on a lighter sleep cycle – it was much easier to wake myself up and I felt less lazy.

Download Sleep Better (iOS, Android)

4. Walk Me Up!

Walk Me Up is a pedometer-based alarm clock app where you have to get up and walk to dismiss the alarm.

How it wakes you up

As the app says, Walk Me Up doesn’t wake you up, but it “walks” you up from sleep. The app makes you get out of bed and walk a certain amount of steps before it will stop ringing. You can set the number of steps yourself and there is also an “evil mode” which does not let you snooze the alarm until you walk your required number of steps.

It even has smart algorithms to detect shakes so you cannot just shake your phone and pass them on as steps.

Download Walk Me Up (iOS, Android)

5. Sleep As Android

Sleep as Android is one of the most popular sleep tracking app for Android, which also comes with a plethora of alarms options. Just like previous apps in the list, you can use CAPTCHA, QR code, or NFC tag to get out of bed. But unlike any app, it also helps you fall asleep with bedtime lullabies or sounds of nature. And while you are sleeping, it can track your sleep quality, REM cycle, deep and light sleep, etc, either by sleeping with your phone in your bed or integration of many wearable apps for Sleep as Android.

The alarm feature is completely free, however, sleep tracking is paid. For the first 14 days of use, your Sleep as Android is free, then sleep tracking works on alternate days, which can be removed by upgrading to the pro version that costs around $9.

Along with waking up to the alarms, you can use the Sleep as Android companion app for better sleep tracking.

Download Sleep As Android (Android)

6. I Can’t Wake Up

I Can’t Wake Up packs a lot and is filled with features to the brim. I’m sure just by using the app and not looking at its price, one would never guess that the app is free – it feels like a quality complete application.

How it wakes you up

The app offers a plethora of wake up tasks ranging from solving math equations and shaking your phone to scanning a particular barcode and memory games. These are customizable and if you fail to solve the task, the alarm will be started again. 

I Can’t Wake Up strikes a perfect balance between mental and physical wake up tasks and I especially liked the barcode scanning one where you can set an item as far as you want essentially making you get out of bed. However, with so many to choose from you cannot go wrong.

Download I Can’t Wake Up (iOS, Android)

7. MoneyAlarm 2

MoneyAlarm 2 is probably the craziest alarm clock app that you will ever come across and if you think if it has something related to your money, you are absolutely right.

How it wakes you up
Firstly, within the app, you need to add money by using in-App purchases. And after you’ve set how much money gets deposited every time, you’re good to go. If you don’t wake up and confirm that you are awake within 2 minutes of the alarm, the app will deposit a certain amount of money.

Who wouldn’t wake up if they had their own money on the line? Honestly, this is a little too much for me and I can’t see myself using it, but if you are determined and need something to overcome your laziness no matter what, this might be the best alarm clock app for rich folks.

Download MoneyAlarm 2 iOS (Free)  | For Android: Time Is Money 

8. WakeMe Social Alarm Clock

WakeMe is a social alarm clock where your friends, relatives, or family members can help you get out of your bed and start your morning.

How it wakes you up:

  • First, you set the alarm with its appropriate date and timing and maybe a label.
  • Next, you can request your friends or family to wake you up by sending a short video.
  • Instead of any ringing in the morning, all the videos that were sent by your loved ones are played as your alarm.

Something about humans, especially your close ones trying to wake you up, work far better than any ringtone or tasks. The encouraging videos or any kind of videos sent to you make you much more motivated. The best part is every morning can be different and full of surprises!

Download WakeMe Social Alarm Clock ( Android)

9. Beditations

As the name suggests – Beditations works on an interesting idea of going to bed with meditations. Instead of traditional alarm tone, math problem or QR code, etc, this app will gently draw you out of sleep with guided meditations. Similarly, at night, it can play soothing soundtracks to help you relax and sleep better. A handful of the meditations are free, and if you like to try out new meditations, you can do so by paying for the paid version.

If you don’t like traditional wake alarm methods, give this one a try. Waking up with a stranger’s voice can be a bit weird in the beginning, but you’d get used to it.

Download Beditations (iOS, Android)

Best Alarm Clock Apps

So these were some of the best alarm clock apps for heavy sleepers. These give you just the right amount of push you needed to get yourself out of bed. I tried to cover as wide of a spectrum with different and unique ways. Each app tries to wake you up and we really hope you found something perfect for yourself. If we missed any such app that you use, let us know in the comment section below.

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