3 Interesting Apps To Help You Get Up In The Morning

Wake up! The whole concept of waking up is one I’m not particularly fond of. As a repeat snooze offender and renowned deep sleeper, the world could be crashing around me and I wouldn’t even stir. Yes, waking up is a tiresome process, one that I can’t help but blame myself for, but with smartphones, pulling yourself up from under the warm and inviting comforts of the covers is starting to get easier and dare I say, even more fun. Here are just some of the weird and perhaps slightly sadistic apps created to help people arise from their slumber.

Good Morning

Wake N Shake

Think you can’t fit in your daily exercise before work? Wake N Shake hopes to challenge that – well depending on what you define as exercise. The merciless Wake N Shake requires you to shake your phone until all the colours have disappeared from your screen. Two things could happen from doing this, one: Your blood will be pumping making it hard to return to sleep or two: In your sleepy and uncoordinated state you’ve thrown your phone into the wall mid shake. Wake N Shake has twenty-four different alarm sounds to get you moving as well as a cruel strobe light for added disturbance value. It also features a single-tap function for quick naps, and music to guide you into peaceful slumber.


While we are on the subject of sadistic style apps, let me introduce you to CARROT alarm. It’s target market? Anyone who loves to give the snooze button a daily workout, and those who like to be managed by an authoritative figure. In a nutshell, CARROT is a talking alarm speaking to you in a woman’s voice. She will coax you out of your sleep with a series of songs, witty dialogue or bribery of sweet treats. In exchange for waking you up on time, all CARROT asks for in return is that you complete her small yet bizarre chores including shaking your phone to clean out the pet monkey cage or flip to mix a deadly neurotoxin. You’ll get points for each task you complete, unlocking different levels and upgrades including bed time stories. But (and there’s always a but) CARROT has a nasty side. If you disobey her by hitting the snooze, you will be punished.

Sleep Cycle

Now for a kinder approach. Sleep Cycle isn’t as ruthless as the aforementioned apps, helping to regulate your sleep patterns by waking you up at your lightest stage of sleep. In order to set this alarm, you must place your iPhone on the bed and choose a time period in which you would like to wake. Using your phones accelerometer, Sleep Cycle will monitor your different sleep patterns and phases, setting off an alarm within your designated time when you are in your lightest slumbering stage. After using this app for a few days, Sleep Cycle will collate data from the periods you are asleep, and present you with statistics and graphs on your bedtime habits. The solution to your restless sleep issues might not just be from snoozing, but perhaps the need for a new Latex Mattress.

Do you own one of these apps? How effective are they in getting you out from under the covers? Let us know in the comments below.



  1. Sarah Lehan says

    First, I have to get a smart phone. As it is, the snooze button is a friend of mine and doesn’t talk back.

  2. Lynn C says

    Of these, the Sleep Cycle alarm sounds the most intriguing. All of them are better than making your cell phone smell like bacon though. LOL

  3. Sue E says

    I don’t have a cell phone, let alone a smart phone. My husband has a cell phone. But I am thinking of getting rid of my house phone and getting me some kind of portable phone, after our contract with AT&T UVERSE contract is up in November.

  4. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says

    I don’t have any of the apps to wake me up. My hubby uses the alarm clock on his smartphone. Me I don’t know what a regular sleep cycle is. I have fibromyalgia and it causes many sleepless nights. I have insomnia. I would love to see an app that makes pain go away and insomnia go away.

  5. Marthalynn says

    I LOVE the Sleep Cycle app! I don’t normally pay for an app, but this one is worth it! I no longer have an iPhone, and I have tried other similar apps Android apps, but none have been as good as that one. I hope they make a droid version soon.

  6. M.Clark says

    I do not use any of these apps, but if I did it would be the third one, Sleep Cycle, it appears to be the most “normal” one of the bunch. Thank you for sharing this post.

  7. Yoli says

    HAHAHA… That Carrot APP sounds like it’s for me! I’m totally going to download it on my husband’s phone without telling him!

  8. Ari T. says

    I would definitely try out all these apps if I had a smartphone. I can’t imagine not using my alarm clock to get up, but I’ve had difficulties with that too. I’ve had to pull all sorts of tricks to make sure I just didn’t keep pushing the snooze button or turning off the alarm altogether in my sleepy state. The CARROT alarm sounds like it would work, but it would become very annoying. Which is the point, I guess, haha.

  9. Sherry Compton says

    Who wants to get out of bed?! It’s comfy, warm, and you’re there. Especially on rainy cooler days. CARROT just scares me, but the Wake and shake sounds interesting with the different alarms and color challenge.

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