Best iPhone Alarm Apps Wake Alarm Clock vs Sleep Cycle vs Wake N Shake ... and 4 more

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The quality of our sleep has an effect on everything. A bad night's sleep doesn't just make us cranky; it can wreak havoc on our bodies when it goes unchecked. Effective, good sleep is a major component of our overall mental and physical health. Sometimes, even when we've had a decent sleep, it's hard to get out of bed. Luckily, there are some fantastic alarm clock apps for iPhone to help make waking up a more enjoyable time of day.

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If the simple sound and snooze options from the iPhone's built-in alarm aren't working for you, check out the list below. There are apps that require physical action for the sounds to turn off, apps that map sleep cycles and determine your optimal wake-up time, and much more. Whether you're a light or heavy sleeper, or you just need something exciting to get your day started, there's definitely an alarm clock app out there for you.

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Remember: iPhones need room to breathe, especially when charging. To avoid overheating and possible injury, leave your phone on a nightstand or at least a few feet away from your bed.

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Method 1: Wake Alarm Clock

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    How it Works
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    Spin the dial found on the app's main page to set your alarms. The Wake app has 3 different settings: slap & flip, shake, and swipe.
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    • Slap & Flip: slap your iPhone near the front facing camera for snooze, or flip your phone over to completely shut it off.
    • Swipe: you'll simply need to swipe down for snooze or swipe up to turn it off.
    • Shake: you must physically shake your iPhone until the Shake Bar is full.
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    Pricing/Upgrades
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    Free.
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    Pros
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    • Schedule up to 8 repeatable alarms.
    • Shake mode offers three difficulty settings.
    • Alarm sounds get progressively louder.
    • Schedule regular alarms.
    • Adjust snooze times.
    • Tap the hours or minutes on the main page's dial for quicker adjustment.
    • Use music from your iTunes library as alarm sounds.
    • Minimal yet bright and striking design.
    • Simple, gesture-based interface.
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    Cons
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    • Slap & Flip mode requires you to leave the app open with your screen unlocked all night.
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    Verdict
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    Not only does this app look better than the built-in iOS option, it does more than just make noise. Shake mode, combined with alarm sounds that get louder, makes Wake a great option for even the heaviest of sleepers. Download here.
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Method 2: Sleep Cycle

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    How it Works
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    By analyzing your sleep patterns through a microphone, Sleep Cycle determines when you're in a light stage of slumber (within a half hour window that you've defined) and triggers your alarm in that moment.
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    Pricing/Upgrades
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    Free. Premium version is $29.99 for a year and allows you to track different aspects of your sleeping patterns and how your lifestyle affects them. For example, how does stress, caffeine, or weather affect your sleep cycles?
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    Pros
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    • Provides detailed sleep statistics.
    • To snooze, simply double tap your phone or shake it lightly.
    • Integrated with Apple Health.
    • Works in background mode.
    • Sleep data can be exported.
    • Monitors your heart rate by taking pulse after waking from a rested state.
    • Works from your nearby nightstand; no need to have the phone in your bed.
    • Uses carefully selected, gentle alarm sounds.
    • Waking up during a lighter phase of sleep is easier and far more natural to the body.
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    Cons
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    • Results may not always be 100% accurate if you share your bed with other humans or pets.
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    Verdict
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    This app is a great fit for anyone who wants a better understanding of their sleep cycles, and prefers a gentle wake up process. Download here.
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Method 3: Wake N Shake

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    How it Works
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    As the name suggests, Wake N Shake is an alarm app that requires vigorous shaking for the alarm to snooze or turn off.
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    Pricing/Upgrades
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    Free.
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    Pros
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    • Silencing your phone or exiting the app won't make the alarm go away.
    • Offers different levels of shake difficulty.
    • If you stop shaking your progress goes backwards.
    • Provides a timer for quick power naps.
    • Provides goals for waking up by awarding achievements through repeated use.
    • Options to have alarm sounds fade-in.
    • Add a strobe light to your alarm to really get you going.
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    Cons
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    • Night Mode lacks a dimmer.
    • No snooze option.
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    Verdict
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    This app is great for two kinds of people: those that need a high level of motivation to get out of bed and, conversely, those that are excited too. Depending on which of those people you may be, your love for the app will vary. But if nothing else, Wake N Shake will absolutely get you out of bed and on with the day. Download here.
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Method 4: Alarmy

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    How it Works
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    The alarm that gets you up and out of bed, by literally getting you up and out of bed. Before setting an alarm you'll register a specific place (think washroom or the first place you usually go in the morning) where the alarm can be shut off. When your alarm goes off in the morning you'll need to take a photo of the registered place in order to end the alarm.
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    Pricing/Upgrades
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    Free
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    Pros
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    • Provides three additional ways to shut alarms off: shake mode (shake the phone) math mode (solve a math problem) and default (simply swipe.)
    • Alarms can be pre-set for specific days, with specific modes.
    • Offers obnoxious and effective alarm sounds.
    • Saves a history of your alarms so you can learn what methods work best for you.
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    Cons
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    • Closing the app in the background or putting your phone into batter saver mode, changes the alarm sound back to default.
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    Verdict
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    The four different options for shutting off alarms make this a great app for everyday use. When you have something important to get up for you can use the photo mode, but you can also easily set it back to swipe mode for days when you can sleep in. Oh, and if you like math enough to want to wake up to it this app is probably your perfect match. Download here.
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Method 5: Good Morning

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    How it Works
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    Similar to Sleep Cycle, Good Morning wakes you during a light phase of sleep within your pre-determined 30-minute window.
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    Pricing/Upgrades
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    Free.
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    Pros
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    • Provides daily statistics on your previous night's sleep in an easy to read graph.
    • Offers tips on how to improve sleep patterns based on your stats.
    • Sends weekly summaries on your sleep debt and average sleep quality.
    • Use your own music as an alarm sound.
    • Create a playlist of your favorite songs or sounds to fall asleep to.
    • Provides daily weather forecasts.
    • Set sleep goals and get alerts when you don't meet them.
    • Integrated with Apple Health.
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    Cons
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    • Results may not always be 100% accurate if you share your bed with other humans or pets.
    • Suggested placement of phone is directly in your bed, which many users will not feel comfortable with.
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    Verdict
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    Though Good Morning is quite similar to Sleep Cycle, it offers a sleep aid at no extra charge. Not everyone needs this added feature, but if you do, Good Morning is the app for you. Download here.
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Method 6: Carrot Alarm

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    How it Works
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    Operated by a talking, "sentient" AI who will stop at nothing to wake you up and get you out of bed. Carrot wakes you up with witty dialog and beautiful songs. If you refuse to wake up and try to hit the snooze, Carrot gets angry. Upon choosing to wake up, the app will prompt you to perform a few basic (and bizarre) tests to ensure you're awake.
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    Pricing/Upgrades
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    One-time purchase of $2.99.
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    Pros
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    • Kick starts your mind for the day by having you perform and solve tasks to prove consciousness.
    • The app is relentless until you're out of bed and you only have one minute to shut the alarm off before Carrot gets angry. Even the most stubborn among us should have success.
    • 30 different alarm tones.
    • Easy to use, gesture driven interface. Swipe up or down to choose alarm times, then drag Carrot to the right or left to set. Drag Carrot to the top of the screen to shut the alarm off. Swipe left for the menu.
    • Unlock app upgrades, like bedtime stories and new alarm sounds, with repeated use.
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    Cons
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    • To leave the app running in the background only, you have to forego using Silent or Do Not Disturb modes.
    • No option for recurring alarms.
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    Verdict
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    For individuals with a very specific sense of humor, Carrot will be the alarm clock you've been waiting for. This app definitely stands apart from the crowd in its unique approach to getting people out of bed. Download here.
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Method 7: SpeakToSnooze

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    How it Works
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    The hands-free alarm clock that uses a number of different voice commands to control its features.
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    Free, but offers some in-app purchases.
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    Pros
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    • Simple commands control everything from setting an alarm, to disabling or snoozing an alarm, to asking the app what time it is or to turn the flashlight on.
    • Using the command "I have to get up by" will cause the app to play a sound at that time and revoke the option of snooze.
    • Option to turn on voices that motivate you when you continue to 'hit' snooze.
    • Create alarm sounds using your own voice.
    • Customizable clock design.
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    Cons
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    • Ad removal comes at a cost.
    • Distance from phone impacts the voice recognition, so you'll have to keep your phone pretty close by.
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    Verdict
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    This app is the perfect pick for someone who needs the motivation to wake up but doesn't need to physically force themselves out of bed to do so. Using voice commands means your brain is active but your body can remain calm for a few extra moments. This is the alarm clock app I'll be checking out first. Download here.
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