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The 5 best alarm clock apps to get you out of bed in the morning

The old edict ‘the early bird catches the worm’ has never been truer than in the business arena – so don’t sleep in. Use one of these fine alarm clock apps to get you up and at ‘em before your competition.

To ease you out of bed: Sleep Cycle

Using the accelerometer in your phone (the part that knows when you turn it sideways), Sleep Cycle monitors your movements during sleep. It uses this data to gently wake you during the lightest phase of your sleep nearest to your alarm time. The app also provides you with detailed stats so you can track your sleeping patterns.

Price: £0.69 (iOS), £0.99 (Android)
Platform: iOS and Android

Looks great on your bedside table: Wake Alarm

With its beautiful spin dial, Wake Alarm is one of the most elegant alarm clock apps around. It also uses your phone’s accelerometer – you have to either turn your phone over to shut the alarm up or shake it until it stops. What better way to instantly get the blood flowing for the new day?

On Android? Check out Alarm Clock Extreme for something similar.

Price: £2.49
Platform: iOS

For the health conscious: Jawbone Up

If you want to keep track of your health within your hectic schedule, the Jawbone Up fitness band is a great smart fitness band that tracks every aspect of your wellbeing, including your sleep. Simply set the band to ‘Sleep Mode’ when you go to bed and it will track the amount of sleep you get and measure your movement to see how long you spend in both light and deep sleep. The ‘Smart Alarm’ feature wakes you up at the optimum time during light sleep so you’ll wake up raring to go.

Price: £99.99
Platform: iOS and Android

For those who need to be told: Carrot

Once your alarm goes off, you won’t be able to turn it off until you complete the bizarre chores that Carrot sets you. If you don’t, the app will punish you with harder tasks, but do them well and it will reward you with anything from app upgrades to a collection of bedtime stories. If a strange laugh is enough to tempt you out from under the covers, then Carrot is your perfect wakeup call. 

Price: £1.99 (iOS), Free (Android)
Platform: iOS and Android

For those who really can’t get up: Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

Last chance saloon! Alarmy will only fail to wake you up if you’re capable of sleeping through a fire drill. The app works by asking you to choose a location away from your bed, like the kitchen, bathroom or living room, and until you’ve reached the designated room and taken a photo of an object in it, it simply won’t turn off.

Price: £1.49 (iOS), Free (Android)
Platform: iOS and Android

For more brilliant apps to use in for your business check out our Desert Island Apps video with Britpop legend and cheese maker extraordinaire Alex James


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