Waking up sucks—especially when you have to do it early, or on a weekend, or on a Monday, or a Wednesday, or any day that ends with “Y.” For a lot of us, waking up isn’t just difficult, it’s damn near impossible in some instances. Alarms are never loud enough, snooze buttons are unlimited, and blankets are just so damn warm.
We get it. Which is exactly why we’re writing this list.
Walk Up Alarm Clock
The concept for this app is positively ingenious. Imagine an alarm that blares at you until you get out of bed and literally walk around. You can’t mute it, you can’t snooze it, you can’t pause it—if you don’t get your lazy, tired ass out of bed and move, it’ll just keep going. This one is only on iTunes, but there’s a similar app for Android called Walk Me Up! that has a 4-star rating and does the same exact thing. iOS
Billed as “the world’s most annoying alarm app,” Alarmy is another app that literally forces you out of bed. The alarm is loud, obnoxious, and very annoying. Best of all, it can only be turned off when you take a photo of something specific (like your downstairs coffeepot, your shower head, your toothbrush, etc.). If you never want to sleep through your alarm again, Alarmy is perfect. iOS | Android
When it comes to great alarm clock apps, perhaps none are discussed quite as often as Rise. We’ve even featured it before. A timeless app that’s done its job for years, Rise makes it easy to set alarms, and includes easy progressive alarms, alarms with your own unique sounds/songs, etc. It won’t physically get you out of bed in the morning, but it makes an often painful process a lot easier. iOS
Snap Me Up
We’re really hoping this gets an iTunes release sometime in the near future, because it looks like embarrassingly good fun. Snap Me Up is an alarm clock app that won’t turn off until you take a selfie. What’s better is that every sleepy selfie is saved to a custom album titled, “My sleepy snaps” so you’ll be able to relive all those baggy-eyed, sleepy mornings. Gross. Android
SpinMe Alarm Clock
This app does literally exactly what you think it does—and it’s a total pain in the ass. Essentially, you set an alarm, and when it goes off, the only way it’ll turn off is if you physically get out of bed and start spinning around until it decides you’re awake enough—or you smash your phone against the wall. Either way, you won’t be sleeping through this alarm. iOS | Android
We’ve featured this one before too, and our impression of it hasn’t changed very much. We still think it’s creepy, but we’re fans in spite of that. Wakie is a free wakeup call app that allows you to schedule real phone calls from real people, rather than alarms. Seriously. Just set a time and someone—a complete stranger from anywhere in the world—will call you and start talking to you. While it sounds pretty terrifying, the community is actually super kind and interesting (most of the time). No one can see your phone number, as calls are made through the app itself. iOS | Android
I Can’t Wake Up!
Another brilliantly designed wakeup app, I Can’t Wake Up! is designed to ensure that you’ll get up no matter what. Using small chores or cognitive tasks like figuring math, testing memory, rewriting phrases, associating word pairs, repetition, and even barcode scanning, I Can’t Wake Up! not only stirs you from sleep, but forces you awake in a way that makes going back to sleep nearly impossible. iOS | Android
Wake N Shake
The Wake N Shake app is nothing short of merciless. The app is beautifully designed, but aside from that, it’s awful—in the most necessary way. The app basically allows users to set an alarm, and then bombards them with an obnoxiously loud noise. You can’t snooze, you can’t lower your volume; the only thing you can do is shake the hell out of your phone. And we aren’t talking little baby shakes; we’re talking rigorous, actual shaking. The kind of shaking that’ll knock the fairy dust right out from behind your eye sockets. iOS