Everyone knows someone who can sleep through anything. Whether it’s a passing emergency vehicle or even the fire alarm, there are some people who just can’t be budged from their stay in the land of nod. And while it’s easy to equate this resistance to waking as laziness, it turns out the reasons behind heavy sleeping may not be so clear cut. Scientists are still trying to work out why it’s harder to wake up for some people.
One theory is that your brain is responsible for the way you sleep. In the same way your skin, hair and other body features are predefined, it’s possible your brain, to some extent, is exactly that way, too, when it comes to waking up and enduring disturbances as you sleep.
However, while it’s useful to understand that people are put together differently and wake up to differing levels of sleep interference, a nine o’clock meeting on a Monday is the same for everyone. Walking in late and announcing, “Sorry I’m late, but I’m a heavy sleeper,” isn’t going to win you any friends, which is why ensuring you wake up on time remains a top priority.
To deal with oversleeping, we’ve put together a list of the best alarm clocks for people who really sleep deep. By using extra loud alarms or requiring extra physical activity, these alarm clocks will force you awake in no time, although we can’t guarantee you’ll wake with a smile on your face.
1. Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock
With over 4,900 5-star reviews from users, it’s safe to assume this alarm clock is definitely waking someone up. In addition to the average noise production, the Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock comes with red flashing lights and a bed shaker to put under your pillow, sheets or mattress to deliver a sleep disrupting shake when it’s time to rise. The popular device is available in a range of colors, meaning there’s one for every style of bedroom decor. Plus, the large LED display ensures you can always read the time.
2. LIELONGREN Battery Operated Alarm Clock
BEST FOR TRAVEL
For those who often find themselves away from home and in need of a wake up call a little bit louder than your smartphone, the LIELONGREN Battery Operated Alarm Clock is made for you. Not only does the ultra clear screen display easy-to-read numbers for the time, temperature and humidity, this easy-to-use alarm delivers a loud buzzer sound you’ll struggle to ignore. The clock’s travel-friendly size makes it great for travelers, business people, students and more, and it makes a great gift idea for that family member who’s always last to breakfast.
3. Peakeep Twin Bell Alarm Clock
If your need to wake up is in equal balance with your need for an alarm clock which looks great, you can never go wrong with the Peakeep Twin Bell Alarm Clock. It sports a classic, circular face with bells on top and comes in a range of colors to suit any decor style. The 80s twin bell style also means you’re guaranteed to wake in a matter of seconds as the crazy chiming kicks in at your desired time.
4. Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock
For those who fancy a dose of modern tech in their home devices, the Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock features a built-in projector to display the time on the ceiling or wall, ensuring you can’t ignore what’s going on, even on the darkest and coldest of winter days. The unit itself features a large LCD display with time and temperature information as well. Plus, this clock has a built-in AM/FM radio and auxiliary input, allowing you to enjoy your own music through the speakers.
5. Newoer Alarm Clock for Bedrooms
With a choice of LCD dimming options, a built-in AM/FM radio and built-in USB charging ports, the Newoer Alarm Clock for Bedrooms is one of the most versatile options on our list. In addition to these bells and whistles, the alarm clock boasts a number of alarm sounds, including water, birds and everyone’s favorite – a buzzer. The alarm clock’s stylish design makes this a great choice for most bedrooms, and the headphone jack allows you to enjoy early morning radio without disturbing your partner.
6. ROCAM Vibrating Loud Alarm Clock
The ROCAM Vibrating Loud Alarm Clock is a smart little device which wakes you up by delivering extra loud, un-ignorable sound, and using a remote vibrating device to attack your sleep from multiple fronts.
This alarm clock is great for people who are hearing impaired as well as those who pretend to be when it’s time to get up. The vibrating device can be placed under pillows, duvets and mattresses. You’ll also find the alarm has a built-in USB charger to ensure you always wake up with a full battery in your smartphone, even if you’re not quite at 100% yourself.
7. Screaming Meanie 220 Alarm Clock
The Screaming Meanie 220 Alarm Clock is built with one thing in mind – waking you up. It offers three different levels of sound with the loudest intended to leave no one behind in the land of nod. The battery-powered device is a great choice for travelers and business people who need an alarm clock slightly more powerful than those found in the average hotel room. The device also comes in a choice of black or blue and has glow-in-the-dark details for easy use when the lights are out.
8. TITIROBA Wake Up Light
MOST NATURAL ALARM
Wake up lights are all the rage. Instead of shocking yourself with the harsh buzzing or ringing of a high decibel alarm, clocks like this TITIROBA Wake Up Light work by stimulating your body’s natural reaction to the sunrise. As it works from one percent to 100 percent brightness, your body notices the light and brings you out of your deep sleep. The clock does, of course, include normal alarm functions just in case the sunrise mimicking light doesn’t work. Plus, the brightness, lighting and volume can also be adjusted to match your bedroom requirements.
9. DAPRIL Rug Alarm Clock
No matter how loud an alarm clock may get, there are still people who will just switch it off and be back asleep in a second without batting an eyelid. For those people, there’s the DAPRIL Rug Alarm Clock. Instead of the standard snooze button, this clever alarm clock requires more from you. Without five seconds of pressure on this floor-based mat, you won’t be able to stop the alarm. This gives you five seconds to commit to staying awake. Once you’ve had to leave your lovely, warm, toasty bed, there’s no sense in not getting up for the day anyway, is there?
10. Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock
SMART HOME PICK
As with everything now, there’s a “smart” option. What this means for your alarm clock, in the form of the Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock, is that your days of pressing snooze are behind you. Instead of searching around half-asleep for the snooze button, you’ll actually have to have an adult conversation with your clock every morning. Once you wake up and ask for the alarm to cease, simply ask for the news, the weather or your favorite song and Amazon’s Alexa will deliver exactly what you ask for. You can also use your voice to set your alarm when you’re snuggled up in bed, which saves you having to leave your bed even for a second on the coldest of winter nights.