If you rely on a few different alarms to get up in the morning -- smart lights that blast on at a certain time, a smart speaker placed far away, and your trusty smartphone alarm -- the macOS app Wakefy adds another tool to your arsenal of awakening. It isn't perfect, but it performs well enough that we'd consider adding it to our morning collection.
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I love starting every morning with a daily briefing from my Google Home speaker (just say "Hey, Google good morning" and you'll get the weather, news and any events on your calendar), but using it as an alarm clock is another story. That's because Google's never made it easy to wake up to music instead of a wailing siren - until now.
When you use your phone as your alarm clock, you might think that you want to wake up to your favourite song. You do not. The first couple of days you'll enjoy it, but then the effect will reverse itself. It won't be "I wake up to my favourite song", it will be "sometimes iTunes plays my alarm". Every time your old favourite song comes on, you'll feel antsy or anxious.
Heavy sleepers might need a little something stronger than your standard alarm clock. Some ask you to throw them against a wall, while others roll around the floor wailing, but none of them take direct action to wake you up. Furniture maker and Instructables user 1UpLiving decided to make his alarm clock a little more functional, adding the delightful feature of literally pulling the sheets off of his sleeping body in the morning.
Med School Insiders has a video on getting enough sleep while dealing with the very demanding schedule of someone early in their medical career. It's a field notorious for early starts and long hours, so what's successful for them is probably worth listening to for anyone needing a little more spring in their step.
Video: The most dangerous object in your home isn't the stove, the clothes iron, or that chainsaw in your garage. It's your alarm clock's snooze button that makes it so easy to go back to bed each morning. Silencing that alarm shouldn't be so easy, so Christopher Guichet built an alarm clock that can only be deactivated with a perfect shot from a Nerf blaster.
iOS: iOS 10's packed with a ton of features, but one of the unsung heroes is the new Bedtime reminders. How-To Geek walks you through setting it up and getting the most out of it.
The Raspberry Pi makes for a pretty good alarm clock, and DIYer Andy Felong shares off his project, which comes out of a converted old radio and turns a Pi into a clock radio and weather display.
Android: Alarm Clock Xtreme was in the running for our top Android alarm app. Now, it's added a sweet new feature that allows you to track your sleep habits over time, on top of the usual alarm features.
Apple Music added all kinds of neat new features in the last iOS update. But one of the better ones is the ability to add any song from the vast library to wake up to.
There are many ways to get yourself out of bed earlier, but one of the most effective is training yourself over time. If you want to seamlessly move into an earlier wake time, you can ease into it by waking up just a minute earlier every day.