Recently I’ve been sleeping though my alarm clock. I set it for 6:15 so that I can go to spin class before work and I end up hitting the snooze button then hitting my pillow…that is…if I hear my alarm in the first place. There was one year of college when I would sleep through my alarms so consistently that my neighbors in my sorority house would have to come in and shut it off for me (sorry Carrie and Yims–I love you!). Recently, I have been at war with the snooze button…and it has been winning. Call Me Maybe turns on and I tell her I’ll Call Her Later and crawl back into bed. Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to fall back to sleep in the morning than to fall asleep at night in the first place? I stumbled upon this great article, 10 Alarm Clocks for Heavy Sleepers, and I had to share them!
1. Wake Up, Work Out Alarm Clock: “The last thing you may want to do is pump iron before breakfast. That’s too bad, if you set this 1.5-pound dumbbell clock ($35, gadgetsandgear.com). It will shut off only after you’ve done 30 bicep curls. What’s more, it has internal motion censors too—so you can’t cheat!”
2. Blender Alarm Clock: “Do clocks with calming, beach-scape sounds have you dreaming through your scheduled alarm? Ditch the vacation noise for a cacophony of churning Styrofoam and absurd jingles being played simultaneously by this retro-style blender ($75, bimbambanana.com). Nothing says “welcome to the real world” better than this.”
3. Clocky: “Addicted to your snooze button? Here’s your cure. This cute, wheeled timekeeper ($39, nandahome.com) rolls and leaps, from up to 3 feet, off your nightstand after one snooze. What’s worse, it does so while beeping random patterns and hides until you hunt it down. It’s safe to say you won’t be catching any z’s catching this clock.”
4. BanClock: ” They say time is money, and the BanClock ($76, audiocubes.com) takes this maxim to heart. It has a time display like the national debt ticker, and you have to feed it hard-earned wages (a coin of any currency will do) to make it shut up.”
5. Twist Equation Clock: Early-morning math: Is there a worse combo? We can’t think of one.
When this alarm clock ($15, thinkgeek.com) goes off, the screen that normally shows the time will display a plus or minus sign. You have to twist the dials to create an equation that makes sense before you can turn it off.
6. Kim, the talking clock: “Are you dreaming that robots are taking over the planet? Nope, that’s just Kim, the talking alarm clock ($40, uncommmongoods.com). She comes with gold metallic hair, a green speaker mouth, and a humanoid, robotic voice—but not a standard time display. (Press her silver nose and she’ll tell you the time.) When it’s time to get up, she’ll flash her red eyes at you while crowing like a rooster. Press her nose and she’ll be quiet.”
7. Puzzle Alarm Clock: “Sometimes all you need is a little push to pop out of bed, and this clock ($22, dannabananas.com) will do the trick. When the time comes, the clock launches three puzzle pieces into the air. You must return all three pieces to their matching holes before you can shut off the alarm. Cross your fingers as you fall asleep, hoping the pieces don’t fall behind your dresser or roll under your bed.”
8. Clockman: “If the only thing that will get you out the door in the morning is some serious nagging, Clockman ($69, japantrendshop.com) is for you. This chatty clock refuses to shut up, even after you get out of bed. He’ll greet you at your desired time, sing while you get dressed, and even yell if you anger him. While Clockman speaks only Japanese for now, his wake-up-and-get-going message isn’t lost in translation.”
9. Laser Target Alarm Clock: “Just what you’ve been waiting for: A chance to improve your hand-eye coordination while still half asleep. When the alarm on the Laser Target clock ($25, baronbob.com) sounds, ex-sleepers must hit the bull’s eye with a handheld laser remote to silence it. To make it even more challenging, place the target in different parts of the room each night.”
10. Sonic Boom With Super Shaker: “If the four alarms you scheduled to go off 10 minutes apart wake your neighbors but not you, you might want to try this noisy clock ($43, sonicalert.com); it has a 113-decibel alarm—about as loud as a jackhammer. And if the volume alone won’t do it, the red flashing lights and accompanying bed-shaker unit (which goes beneath your mattress) should deliver the full sensory message that grave danger awaits unless you get out of bed.”
P.S. This article just goes to show you that if you have an innovative idea you should share it. Just see my post 19 Ridiculous SkyMall Products via The Huffington Post if you ever have reservations about whether or not your idea is “good enough.” These people didn’t hesitate and I’m sure they are raking in the dough now. I’m still pretty bitter about not sharing my idea for having an online social networking service called Facebook but what can you do?