Jeffrey Ellenbogen, a Harvard University neurologist, conducted a study in 2010 which found that some people have more sleep spindles, or quick brain pulses, that allow them to sleep through even loud sounds like car horns honking. Although the sound sleeper has the advantage of being able to sleep through interruptions, they often struggle to wake up on time for work, school and special events. Fortunately, there are alarm clocks made specifically for heavy sleepers to help combat this problem.
This alarm clock is one of the loudest alarms available on the market. At 113-decibals, the Thunderclap is louder than some home alarms. Worried even this noise level won’t wake you? No problem. The Thunderclap arrives with a pad that will shake your bed and also lights up with flashing red lights. The clock can run on AC and features a 9-volt battery backup. Hammacher Schlemmer, the company that offers this alarm, also offers a lifetime guarantee with it.
Nanda came up with an alarm clock that is sure to annoy the person who excessively hits the snooze button. The alarm is called Clocky. It has the oval body similar to many alarms, but also features a wheel on each end of the alarm. When it is time to get up, you won’t be able to continuously hit the snooze button. Clocky will jump from a small nightstand to the floor, roll away and hide until you get out of bed and turn it off. It runs on 4 AAA batteries, which come with the clock. You also have the option to turn off the wheels and simply use Clocky as an alarm clock.
Nanda also recently released Tocky, which syncs with your iPod and will play MP3 songs as it rolls away until you get up and capture it.
Army Alarm app
Have you ever wished you had a drill sergeant to yell at you to get up? Silver Dragon Technologies has come up with an Android app that does just that. Set the time you’d like to be woken up as you normally would on your cell phone. However, if you hit the snooze button even once, the drill sergeant comes to life and will begin to shout commands at you until you get up and turn him off. Be warned that this particular app is not for children. If you continue to not wake up, the drill sergeant may begin to curse at you and will get louder and meaner as time goes on.
$0.99; available through Google Play
Flying alarm clock
Sometimes a loud alarm just doesn’t do the trick. That is where Princess International’s Flying alarm clock comes in. This alarm will shrill loudly. If you don’t turn it off quickly enough, a small propeller will launch from the alarm and fly around the room. You will then have to get up and retrieve the propeller and return it to the base to shut the alarm off (see it fly in the video below). Runs on 4 AA batteries.
The Sonic Bomb comes with a 12-volt bed shaker. Unlike most alarms for sound sleepers, this one is an analog clock rather than a digital display. The alarm is 113-decibals. A switch on the side allows the user to set the alarm to buzz, to vibrate, or to do both. The display has a blue backlight, which can also do double-duty as a nightlight. It is compatible with either 120 or 220 volts, so can be used when traveling to other countries. Features a 9-volt battery backup.