4 Apps That Will Help You Become A Morning Person

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4 Apps That Will Help You Become A Morning Person

By Ciara Sullivan

 

If your alarm clock looks anything like mine, I would bet that you’re a chronic snoozer.  If you are, you’re not alone.  I have an intense love-hate relationship with my snooze button…it was an evil invention if you ask me.  However, my issues with getting up in the morning go beyond my snooze button.   Half the time my alarm does not even wake me at all.  This morning, I was dreaming that my alarm was going off and I was desperately trying to make it stop.   I tried everything possible to stop the dream alarm…I turned off my phone, took out the batteries (why did my iPhone have a battery at all?), I even resorted to smashing it because I could not stand the annoying ring of the alarm anymore.  When I finally woke up from my dream, I was 20 minutes behind schedule.

I was not happy.  Waking up 20 minutes late was NOT a great start to my day and unfortunately, this happens all too often.  I’ve found that on days where I wake up early I tend to be more productive and have a better day.  Maybe there is some truth behind the old saying, “the early bird gets the worm”.  Last year for a behavioral project in school, I tested this theory out on my sister. Like me, she also struggles with waking up every morning.  I hypothesized that if I could get her to wake up earlier each morning her stress level would decrease during the day. The results were shocking.  On the days she woke up early, she reported a huge dip in her anxiety level at work which in turn led to more production throughout her day.  

The experiment I did on my sister proved that waking up early can be beneficial not just for your health, but for your career as well.  Being a morning person sounds like a win-win situation.  But what do you do when it is a struggle every morning to get out of bed?  I’ve researched a few apps that just may do the trick.

 

I Can’t Wake Up  

            This alarm for iOS and Android users has you complete different tasks before you can turn off your alarm.  Tasks can include can include math equations, rewriting randomly written texts, memory games, and more.  Also, if you put your phone back in your bed and fall asleep after completing your tasks, your alarm will start all over again.

Barcode Alarm

            This one is a personal favorite of mine.  Your alarm will not turn off in the morning (and trust me, it is the most annoying alarm I’ve ever heard) until you scan a pre-set barcode.  I used the barcode of my toothpaste, so by the time I was able to shut the alarm off…I was in the bathroom already anyway, and figured I might as well start my day.

BetterMe

            This one’s a little sadistic…or funny, depending on how you look at it.   BetterMe uses humiliation to get you out of bed.  If you do not get up on time, it will actually post a status to your Facebook Wall letting all of your friends know you failed to meet your goal.  This app plays on the idea of negative reinforcement, which is a commonly used therapy technique in Behavioral Therapy.  

Sleep Cycle

            One of the biggest reasons it is so difficult to wake up in the morning is because our alarms are often set to go off while we are in REM sleep.  REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is the deepest form of sleep.  If you’re woken up during the period of your sleep cycle, your chances of feeling exhausted and groggy are high.  This app monitors your sleep cycle, and will wake you up before entering REM, making it easier to get out of bed feeling refreshed and ready to start your day.

 

Good Luck Early Birds! 

 

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Evelyn Johnston
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I don't use my phone for an alarm clock.  I use an alarm clock that is across the room, so I have to get up to shut it off.

Mar 31, 2016 11:03 AM #10
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KW Landmark - I think I need all these apps to become a morning person...let me start TODAY...

Mar 31, 2016 12:20 PM #11
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Debra Leisek
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All sounds way too stressful to me... but nice post! and your sister must be nice too!

Mar 31, 2016 05:25 PM #12
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Congratulations on finding a topic that would generate such strong reactions! If it wasn't so hard to wake up when you aren't ready, all of this would be really funny but I could see method #4 as a possibility.

Mar 31, 2016 05:38 PM #13
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I like I can't wake up as the puzzle definitely wakes me up...nice challenge. 
Downloading Sleep Cycle now - I like the science and I love waking up happy and refreshed! Everyone have a great day!

Mar 31, 2016 10:50 PM #14
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Everyone who is not up has to get up at some point. Everyone who is up, at some point, will lay down. It is a life cycle and play with it as you will while it lasts

Apr 01, 2016 12:07 AM #15
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Ron Aguilar
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Getting up early is great for action taking people but your diet, exercise, personal life and health will be the determining factor.

Apr 01, 2016 12:20 AM #16
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Congratulations on a really cute post. I'm not a morning person, but I'm ok with that. :)

Apr 01, 2016 03:44 AM #17
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Some great apps that might be worthwhile - however I  love the snooze alarm.  Something about jumping out of bed to turn it off (it is on other side of room) and then jumping back in warm bed for another 10 minutes is like a slice of heaven.   Have been trying to be more of a morning person.  Might try the first one on your list.

Apr 01, 2016 05:19 AM #18
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This is too funny! Where were these APPs when we needed them for one of our daughters?! The BetterMe one is truly evil.

 

Apr 01, 2016 05:34 AM #19
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I use Free Alarm Clock on my PC.  I have several PCs and set the alarms 5 minutes apart.  Lots of choices for different alarm sounds.

Apr 01, 2016 02:13 PM #20
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This is pretty funny. Have you considered going to bed earlier? I usually set my iphone alarm and have it far enough away that I have to get up out of bed to turn it off.

Apr 01, 2016 04:01 PM #21
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Lise Howe
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Getting up is not my problem but going to sleep usually is and then staying asleep - but good to know that these are out there for those who can't wake up!

Apr 01, 2016 10:37 PM #22
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Used to be a problem for me but as I get older I am finding myself not being able to get enough sleep, many weeks 3-4 hours is about all that I have time for.

Is there an app for that?

Apr 02, 2016 06:36 AM #23
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Stay slim and get at least 8 hours of sleep and live longer.

Apr 02, 2016 06:46 AM #24
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Once to start getting up early at the same time of the morning) you will not need an alarm.

Apr 02, 2016 06:49 AM #25
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Inna Ivchenko
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I'm not sure I'd use Better Me. Humiliation to wake up? No, thank you. 

Apr 02, 2016 12:10 PM #26
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Anna Hatridge
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good options for anyone looking to get up early.  I don't usually have the need for a morning alarm, however I am bookmarking.  You never know when things will change.

Apr 02, 2016 10:41 PM #27
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I should try that REM cycle app... it seems it's hardest for me to get up when I've got a good dream going!

Apr 05, 2016 04:10 AM #28
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And here I thought you found me a coffee APP!  :)

Apr 11, 2016 03:55 PM #29
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