Getting out of bed in the morning is one of those age old tasks to which no easy solution has ever been found. Even the most energetic and determined amongst us can have a hard time dragging themselves out from under a warm duvet on a cold morning, having been woken by the unforgiving sound of an alarm clock on the bedside table.
Smartphones can come in handy here, offering a range of apps that encourage you to get up and make it a more pleasant experience overall. Here we take a look at the best that are available for free.
Wave Alarm puts your handset’s front-facing camera to simple but effective use, allowing you to waft your hand across the device to silence any alerts. Settings within the app let you choose whether this action will turn the alarm off completely or just activate the snooze function.
A motivational app that also serves as an alarm, Better Me helps you set goals and work towards improving yourself overall. The clever thing about the app is that it can punish you for not achieving something you have set out to do by posting things to your Facebook account.
Wake Voice goes beyond waking you up with a simple sound that rouses you from your sleep and gives you information about the day ahead. As the alarm is switched off, a synthesised voice will read out a weather report and the latest news headlines.
While the voice itself is a little grating, having the extra information is a decent touch that sets this alarm apart from the rest. Available for Android.
Sleep as Android
Instead of telling you when to wake up, Sleep as Android tells you when you should go to sleep, monitoring your sleeping patterns to predict how much rest you need. By placing your handset under your pillow for the night the app will monitor how deeply you are sleeping and wake you at a time when you are only just dozing, making you feel less drowsy.
The app can also set a puzzle for you after the alarm waking your brain up and getting you ready for the day ahead. Available for Android.