Reddit reviews: The best clock radios

We found 209 Reddit comments discussing the best clock radios. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 73 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Clock Radios:

u/Blais_Of_Glory · 3 pointsr/college

I had this problem so many times. I hated taking 8 AM classes and I had to do it several times over the years and it sucked every time. But I did learn of a few tricks that may help...

First, I'm assuming you have either an iPhone or Android phone, there are several apps that work really well for people like us. I personally have an Android phone so some of the apps I may have used, may not be available if you have an iPhone but I'll post links for both. Check out these links and try these apps. If one doesn't help, move on and try another.

u/shabbaranks2 · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I bought this one when it was on sale:

HeimVision Sunrise Alarm Clock,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MZ2WFLJ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

I initially had a cheaper one for about a year that worked but it finally kicked the bucket. I personally love it (just the simulation in general) and this one I’ve linked is great because it syncs with your phone. The downside of that is I could in theory turn it off from my phone but I usually don’t. I keep it on a bookcase towards the foot of my bed so I’m required to get up to turn it off and after I stand up I usually turn my overhead light on and it gets me moving. I personally think it’s been great, I really feel like I’ve woken up naturally. The general way it works is you set the time you want to wake up (say 5:30) and starting at 5 the light dimly comes on and progressively gets brighter. Then at 5:30 the sound you pick starts going too. I almost always wake up before the sound starts.

It’s very bright though so it depends if you live/sleep with someone it may not work for you if you do not wake up at the same time.

u/fatangaboo · 1 pointr/electronics

The invisible hand of the free market has already designed and built this product. It sits on the shelf right now, waiting for you to buy it. (Amazon) and (Walmart) are two vendors among many.

I bought it and found it 100% effective. You could also read the customer reviews on websites for more user feedback. Here's an excerpt from the first review at Amazon:

> However, I generally don't use the audible portion of the alarm at all. The clock comes with a little white pod, a little bigger than a cell phone, perhaps, but round like a saucer. It had a long, sturdy cord that plugs into the clock itself. You can put it under your mattress or in your pillow case. I find this the coolest, least annoying, most reliable way to wake up I've yet run across. Way better than lights that slowly turn on (they don't wake me up). The body seems hard wired to wake up fully alert when something nearby vibrates, but it isn't annoying like an alarm clock buzz.
> The vibration pod does not need to be plugged in for the clock and audible alarm to work, so if you don't like the vibration, you're not stuck with it.
> A word of caution: if you put the vibration pod in your pillowcase and the cord runs to the alarm clock, I could see potential for getting yourself wrapped up in it. Clearly it's not suitable for use with children, and if you toss and turn a lot, I would definitely think about the ramifications of the cord. The easy solution, of course, is to put it under your mattress. The vibration is strong enough that it will wake you either way, in my opinion

u/totodile_lvl_7 · 1 pointr/malelivingspace

Much like already stated, a few plants or bright colors might add some contrast and definitely attract some eyes. Otherwise, amazing layout, love the room space, wish I had a room that big.

As for an alarm, I recommend using your phone, but if you're not into that (I know some people aren't), the cheapest alarm clock on Amazon will probably work. Although I'd recommend something with more squarish corners to match your PS4. This one looks pretty neat:


u/CrackaG · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I have very similar "retard" moments so this was an excellent post, I commend you.

You may very well have just changed my mind ( I was leaning towards this one). I like the fact that it shows your alarm time (w/o pressing a button), I agree this should be a no-brainer feature.

Thanks for the great suggestion!

u/Adderkleet · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

There's a few reasonably simple options involving a smartphone. I'm going to assume you don't have one.

This will read mp3s from a USB stick, and play them through the speakers. It might be difficult to select your music.

This can play mp3s on a CD (so you could put all your Beatles or Metalica albums on one disk, and play them all at once), or on a USB stick.

Your computer is another option. Not ideal (it's probably not in the same room as you want to relax and listen to music in), but an option. Some good speakers will improve things.

If you have a simple Android phone, and you have a TV with a HDMI port, you can put the music on your phone and play it on your TV with a Chromecast. Stick that into your TV, and use the Google Music app on your phone to select music and play on the TV.

u/BevansDesign · 1 pointr/DIY

I'm considering buying a phone mount for my car that seems perfect for my needs, but there's one problem with it: it's bright white. I'd much rather have it black or dark grey.

So then I started thinking, I could probably paint this thing. I'd have to watch out for the hinges and buttons of course, disassemble it as much as possible, and tape over anything I don't want to change color (I like the orange knobs), but with some spray paint and some time, I bet I could pull it off.

What kind of paint would I want to use on this project? I basically have no experience with this sort of thing. Would I need a primer layer (or multiple)? I'm guessing I'd want some sort of plastic-specific paint, but it would also need to go on in thin layers so the moving parts don't get jammed. And I don't want it flaking off eventually.

Thanks for your help!

u/gummy_bear_time · 2 pointsr/GiftIdeas

>that can just make everyday life a little nicer, more luxurious etc.

If this is the goal, you can upgrade something he currently has and uses frequently. One way to think about this is to do an inventory of his typical day -- what items does he interact with or consume all the time? So, if he wakes up pretty early and relies on an alarm clock, you could get him a smart sunrise alarm clock or one that projects on the ceiling.

If he drinks coffee, you could upgrade his coffee bean grinder or get him a French press. (I like the Bodum brand, which is top rated on Wirecutter.) Speaking of, I find the Wirecutter website to be a good source for upgrade ideas. I was going to suggest upgrading bed sheets, but that might go over budget and be hard to fit in a suitcase!

And etc. If there's a specific item you want to upgrade, feel free to come back and ask for suggestions!

u/markpelly1 · 32 pointsr/LifeProTips

Try an alarm clock that deaf people use: http://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Alert-SB200ss-Alarm-Clock/dp/B000EX7LNM

I honestly have no idea on the intensity of this one or others, but they wake people up pretty well. My friend, who is deaf, has one and it would vibrate his entire bed and wake people up in the next room.

u/shybinashvilleguy · 3 pointsr/Narcolepsy

I had the same issue, but would be wide awake at night... Have you tried a sunset alarm clock?? It lights up and gets brighter until your actual alarm time, so it kinda replicates the sunrise. Mine has been amazing, and really helps me wake up and not feel as groggy throughout the day. My exact one is sold out, but here's a similar one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KHTG7SC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3A3wCbJ67MSTS

u/PeaceProsper · 1 pointr/pics


You can turn off the sound. The vibrating part goes under your pillow and trust me, you'll wake up. But it won't wake up your partner which is awesome.

u/NSA_Chatbot · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

This is the one I bought:


The first one was $25 because it has the old DST change in it and the instructions to change it were kind of fucky so people returned them a lot.

The one I've linked to has some issues with the way things get set, but overall I'm happy with it. I'm comfortable with fucked up electronics instructions. You can turn the display all the way off, although the power LED is bright, but a small square of electrical tape becomes invisible.

Once you've set it once, you basically never have to touch it again.

u/five_to_one · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

How important is the date part? I can think of a simple, cheap design allowing for up to 24 hour release window.

  1. Battery operated alarm clock
  2. 12V battery or power supply you will have many options but something like this might be best
  3. Solenoid operated lock something like this
  4. A multimeter will be required, and some electronic knowledge would be helpful.
  5. A relay to activate the solenoid. The specs would be depend on the alarm clock (I'll describe below)

    First, the alarm clock. I know you can get some cheap battery powered alarm clocks at Walmart. This will be your "timer". A typical alarm clock will only give you a 24 hour window though, so if you buy one like in the link above you could program it 5 to 6 days out if you could release it on a weekend. YMMV on that one. This is the only part your going to need any significant electrical knowledge. Take the alarm clock apart, and find the speaker or buzzer. Remove the speaker/buzzer, and while the alarm is going off, measure the voltage (let assume for this example the buzzer voltage is 6V).

    Now the relay is depend on that output voltage (and hopefully the output will have enough current output say 100mA which should be measurable across a properly sized resistor). You will need to buy a relay with that input voltage, and 12VDC rated out put. They will look something like this.

    Run the output of the relay through the battery and the door solenoid. Rig up the door latch to release the door. You will need an enclosure of some type to protect the electronics (the door latch would be the only thing protruding).

u/EatsHerVeggies · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I will be starting my first teaching job in just a few weeks! I will be teaching art to middle schoolers, and would really love a radio for my classroom. I think my students will want to have some music (and so will I) as we work and create things.

u/Muffikins · 5 pointsr/facepalm

I have this, the Sonic Alert an alarm for people who are hard of hearing that vibrates the bed, it's amazing! My boyfriend is deaf and he introduced me to them. You put the puck under your mattress or pillow. It shakes everything and unless you are on horse tranquilizers, you will wake up in the morning. I used to be the kind of person who would set several alarms all over their room, and still not wake up. My bf had the analog clock, which could not differentiate between AM & PM. I got the digital one while still in college (we lived 1.5 hours apart) and never missed a morning after that. I didn't need my mama to whoop my ass in the morning any more. ;)

Took the digital one with me when I moved out, it is still going strong 2+years later. I'm not affiliated with them, I never see this topic and am excited. I used to have a real problem. Your friend probably likes theirs a lot too!

u/Programmer25 · 1 pointr/MINI

Yeah, I wouldn't pay for a scan. If you want, go order an el-cheapo model from https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stoga-CAN-BUS-ENGINE-SCANNER-Diagnostic/dp/B005FOIC3I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1504119975&sr=8-4&keywords=code+reader+obd2

The better ones are ~$50 and display more info... but that is pretty much the cheapest and will let you see the codes out of your engine that caused the light to come on.

u/got_lost_again · 1 pointr/Target


This would help, but I agree you probably shouldn't work morning jobs if it's hard for you to get up. I don't pick up shifts anymore, because I'm already working like 60 hours total between both jobs and close to burning out

u/bouncelilkittybounce · 1 pointr/battlestations

I love that clock, my mother got it for me like 5 years ago. each number can be moved around, they connected on a wire much like Christmas tree lights.

Ill try to find it on the interwebs...

Found it http://www.amazon.com/Edition-Numbers-Alarm-Clock-Black/dp/B000QIWOYG

u/Gh0stP1rate · 1 pointr/DIY

Invest in an electric meter (I use this one) And leave it plugged into all of your appliances for at couple days each. Write down the energy usage of each appliance. Research the energy usage of new appliances and calculate the cost savings. Anything that will pay off in fewer years than you plan to stay in this house, invest in.

Use the kilowatt meter to check every single plug in the house. Some things will surprise you - an xbox uses a lot of power even when it's off due to the transformers in the power supply unit constantly running!

Invest in "smart plugs". Use them for appliances that draw a more power when idle than necessary. Classic cases are TV's, phone chargers, kitchen appliances. Shut them off.

Is your house electrically heated? Big problem. Get rid of the electric heat entirely and replace it with gas or wood.

Replace every light bulb in your house with ultra low energy usage LED or CF bulbs. A 75 watt equivalent LED uses 13.5 watts, and a 75 watt equivalent CF uses 19 watts. Replace the most commonly used bulbs with LED's (they're pricey), and the less commonly used bulbs with CFL's. Consider getting timers to automatically turn lights off to save power.

Don't open your fridge or freezer very often. Plan out what you need and prevent "browsing".

Don't run your electric stove very often. Plan what to cook to minimize stove on time.

Is your water heater electric? Turn down the hot water temperature. Use less hot water around the house. Wash your clothes and dishes in cold water.

u/ByePolarCoordinates · 1 pointr/Narcolepsy

The Philips Wake Up light with dawn simulator alarm clock is nice. The light doesn't really wake me up but my husband loves it. It might work for you.

There's many models but here are some links:


u/Wardez · 1 pointr/gaming

I love this guy's ingenuity, awesome alarm.

This is one you can buy (it even has a little vibrator disc to shake your bed, woah)

u/nexusheli · 2 pointsr/nexus5x

I use both Pandora and Google Play, both streaming and music loaded on the device. I play via a pair of Photive Bluetooth headphones, I have a stereo setup with a pair of Soundfreq Sound Platform 2's in my living room, and I have an Inatek Mercury Box in my bathroom. All work beautifully with my N5X. My previous Galaxy S3 didn't always play nice with the SP2's and I would get cut-outs and drop the stereo a lot.

u/muldoonx9 · 2 pointsr/RWBY

Having a good and consistent sleep schedule is very important, especially as you get older. Good luck!

I dunno if vibration would work better than sound, but there are alarms for deaf and hearing impaired people. There's this little vibrator you put under your pillow and pretty much shakes you awake. I've never used one, but I had deaf occupants living in the room under me at college, and their version of snoozing it was putting the vibrator on their night stand. That thing would raise a racket.

And aww crap, I forgot to post a song this week.

u/phorqing · 1 pointr/gadgets

Underrated, but a good digital alarm clock. I used my phone for a year, but then I bought a clock. I can tell the time easier and mine has two USB charging ports. Link

u/rouge87 · 1 pointr/motorcycles

Yup, was just going to say that as well. Amazon has several like [this ] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q28WEV2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_p.OFxb45MFFR6)

u/Tychosis · 2 pointsr/AskElectronics

It looks like the crystal oscillator, Y1 snapped off?

Easiest thing is trying to solder one of these in:

u/weathercrow · 2 pointsr/watchplantsgrow

here ya go

bought my parents one of these last year and they love it

u/VashTStamp · 1 pointr/galaxynote5

Or perhaps something like this. Seems interesting to me.

u/SOwED · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Here are my tips:

  • Use https://sleepyti.me/ to figure out when your alarms should start.

  • You said you have roommates, so try an alarm such as this one. It is capable of super loud sound which I don't use but also has a big vibrating disk you can put under your pillow or wherever is comfortable, and that shit would wake the dead, but isn't louder than a cell phone alarm

  • You said you use melatonin. Make sure your dose is right. Some pills are sold at 5 mg or even 10 mg in a single pill. You need like 1 mg maybe 2 mg. Try adding in some 5-htp as well, always helped the grogginess from melatonin for me.

  • If these things don't work, start to examine lifestyle. Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol affect sleep. Are you eating well? Are you in shape and getting exercise? Are you using your phone or computer or TV then going straight to bed or even in bed?

    Beyond those, there are sleep disorders you can get checked out.
u/remembertosmilebot · 2 pointsr/amazonecho

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u/wobblee · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

I agree with the apnea conversation. You can also try foam ear plugs like cyclefreaksix mentioned and get a vibrating alarm that shakes your bed to wake you up.

u/Because_Bot_Fed · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals


Similar to the one someone else linked but this one has a couple other features I liked and looks more "adult".

u/ToxicPoison · 3 pointsr/deaf

Personally, I'm a fan of sunrise alarm clocks. The Phillips one is good, but pricey. I have this one currently, and it works fairly well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KHTG7SC

u/GodDonut · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Vibrate yourself awake

I have a friend with one that practically shakes the house, and it's placed under his mattress.

u/Tarambor · -10 pointsr/technology

What year is the EFF living in? The ability to read and reset fault codes by third party equipment has been the case for many a year or at least it has in the UK. Garages have had the equipment for at least a decade and as a consumer I can buy a fault code reader that'll work on pretty much any car made in the last 14 years for £11.65 on Amazon.

u/user2327 · 30 pointsr/fixit

I had this problem when I worked nights and slept during the day. Very noisy apartment neighbors. I ended up getting some really good ear plugs, a large fan for some dull noise, and picked up an alarm clock for deaf people. It has a vibrator extension that goes under your pillow.

Once I started doing all that I never had an issue sleeping again. This would be easier/quicker than messing with your door.

Good luck.

This is the alarm clock I got:


u/nyami · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Maybe go for an alarm clock for the hard of hearing? I used one for a while, and it worked. It has an attachment you put under your pillow and it vibrates really loud. Worth a try!
Example of one : http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000EX7LNM?pc_redir=1396367605&robot_redir=1

u/MossyHarmless · 2 pointsr/Pensacola

\>Chooses to live somewhere with three Class C airspaces

\>Complains about airplanes doing airplane things


Joking aside, shooting earplugs + alarm clock designed for the deaf. Never be awakened by jet turbines again.

u/slickastro · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Sonic Boom Alarm Clock

I was constantly waking up late and was getting to the point where I was getting in trouble at work. My co-worker suggested this clock and it works GREAT. You can opt for a loud alarm with variable pitch from high to low, you set the pitch, or a giant vibrator you place under the mattress that turns your bed into a vibro-bed to wake you up, or a combination of both. Honestly I only use the vibro-bed mode now as it wakes me up reliably yet does not shock the rest of the family with the air raid siren.

u/mmm_tacos · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

Saw a Sonic Alert was mentioned, I had the Sonic Alert SBD375ss and SB200ss, I didn't use the sound part of the alarm, just the vibrate portion of it. Both worked great for waking me up without making a bunch of noise. It's noticeable to anyone in the same bed.

SBD375ss wouldn't power on after two years. Tried swapping power adapters with a replacement, but no luck. Still have the SB200ss, but the original vibrating disc stopped working due to a short in the cable. So I just took the one from the SBD375ss. Amazon shows I bought the SB200ss 7 years ago.

Still have the alarm, but mainly just put lights on a timer as an alarm. I have the alarm and a cellphone as a backup. Sound was never really effective for me, unless it was really, really, loud. I seem to respond better to light and movement.

u/todayonbloopers · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

i have this one, i managed to score an amazing deal:


it's a gamechanger. by the time the pre-wakeup light phase is complete, i can enjoy the ''sunshine'' and bird song while i get dressed. i always hated getting up in the morning, because i could be in various stages of sleep when the alarm went off, some harder to wake from than others. and not having any kind of cue when the sun is down half the year didn't help either.

i bought a cheaper one and didn't get the same results. these phillips ones are the business though, they're so bright that at full brightness and fully awake, it hurts to look straight at it.

u/brambleperro · 1 pointr/Frugal

I use this Sony Alarm clock. It is outside of your budget, but I think that it is worth it. The sound quality is better than a cheap one, and has a more pleasant alarm tone. It has settings for two different alarms like you asked for. It has a battery backup so that it won't reset if you have a blackout.

In my mind, a quality alarm clock is something that you use every day and is worth paying for. If your alarm clock stops functioning properly, you get in trouble at work, and you need to go to work in order to make a living.

u/KittehGod · 1 pointr/AskReddit


Get one of those.

They have a vibrating pad-thing that you put under your pillow. The alarm is mucho decibels as well, so should wake you up.

u/takishepard · 12 pointsr/deaf

Sonic Boom Alarm Clocks is your best option. Most deaf people (and hearing people who are heavy sleepers) use this. It basically has a vibrating disk you can put either under your pillow or mattress, and it will shake the bed when the alarm go off. Optionally, you can hook it up to a lamp which will flash a few times instead, or even pair it together.

u/qtang21 · 1 pointr/Android

I've learned this the hard way as well. I suggest buying a REAL alarm clock.

u/cucumbers · 4 pointsr/needadvice

My brother has had some success with a bed-shaking alarm clock like this one.

I also have a hard time hearing/reacting to an alarm clock in the morning. When I lived in a dorm in college, I slept in the bottom bunk. I tied a piece of string dangling down from the bed-frame above me, long enough to hang right in front of my face while I slept. I rubber-banded my phone to the string and set the volume to maximum volume & vibrate. It went off right next to my face, little painful but it worked.

u/aagee · 0 pointsr/AskReddit

This here works for me. You put the bed shaker between the mattress and the box spring. If you turn the audible alarm off, it has the added advantage of not waking up your partner.

u/mitsuruugi · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Buddy in college had this... Hated him, but never ever had a problem getting up... http://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Alert-SB200ss-Alarm-Clock/dp/B000EX7LNM

u/chickensandwich77 · 5 pointsr/jobs

I had similar issues in the past with sleeping through alarms and tardiness, so I bought one of these. It's been 3 years, and it's still doing its job!

u/Shaunaaah · 1 pointr/productivity

You could look into a alarm clock for deaf people, it shakes the bed.
Such as: http://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Alert-SB200ss-Alarm-Clock/dp/B000EX7LNM

u/jackelfrink · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Still use alarm clocks, just one that vibrate instead of buzzing. The vibrating part is usually on a cord so that it can be placed under the pillow. See also https://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Alert-SB200ss-Vibrating-Shaker/dp/B000EX7LNM

Disclaimer : I am not deaf myself.

u/plopo · 2 pointsr/deaf

This is an alarm clock that has an attachment that shakes the whole bed. It has both a loud beeping audio alarm and the shaker, and you can use one or both. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EX7LNM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_l1teAbPE5YGFK

u/Ker_Splish · 4 pointsr/needadvice

Try this little fella. I had a similar problem when I was deployed back in the day. Are you getting too much or too little PT? That can mess with your sleep cycles if you vary it too much. Also, ask your squad leader or platoon sergeant if you can try the night shift, you might be able to find a shift that more naturally fits your circadian rhythm.

If it's your first deployment, especially if it's one of your first real times being away from home, you're going to hit a point where you realize that you really don't want to be there. It's ok, that's natural and it happens. The problem is when your not wanting to be there interferes with your ability to Soldier up, drive on and get your ass to work. Just focus on doing your time and taking your lumps, the deployment can't last forever, even though it's going to feel like it.

Keep on keepin on, troop.

u/w3rk · 1 pointr/DIY

look at what deaf people use for alarm clocks, this one here would shake you right out of your bed

u/Xaedria · 1 pointr/nursing


I use ear plugs because I sleep during the day, and I get paranoid I won't wake up. I use the alarm clock I linked as a just in case. I never have to actually let it go off any more, but it makes me feel better to know it will if I should happen to sleep through all three of my phone alarms.

I've actually got the volume on mute on the alarm clock. I just use the vibration pad.

u/Yukimor · 1 pointr/AmItheAsshole

Get a vibrating alarm clock. They shake the bed like an actual earthquake and don't stop until you shut them off. It's not comfy. You cannot sleep through them. There is no "jingle jangle", it's an earthquake + a screaming BUH-BUNK BUH-BUNK BUH-BUNK (if you put the sound alarm on max volume).

I'm deaf at night because I take my implants out, so I use this alarm. I think the first time we tested it out, I actually fell out of bed in surprise. I use this one but there's dozens of options out there now.

You could also get "Clocky", the alarm clock that runs and hides, so you have to get out of bed and hunt it down to shut it off.

Get him one of these options, tell him to set it one time only, and test it on a day he doesn't have work. But honestly, if he refuses and/or just goes back to setting dozens of alarms over a three-hour timespan, tell him to sleep on the couch until he's willing to work with you to find an alternative that doesn't ruin your sleep.

u/tyrankh11 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This thing will fuck your world up in the morning. Try to outsleep it. I fucking dare you.

u/bennel89 · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

My dad's deaf but I'm a heavy sleeper so I borrowed his alarm clock once and had to get one for myself because it was so effective:

Sonic boom with bed shaker

u/wdjm · 8 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

If a normal alarm clock doesn't wake you up, you might look into getting yourself one designed for the Deaf. That way, you wouldn't have to ask your NMom to wake you - because apparently, it is such a hardship for her...

u/umbralgarden · 1 pointr/neuro

I have some suggestions but don't depend on supplements, only use them for emergencies or kinks in your schedule, and never take more than one sleep aid at a time. Magnesium is just a general vitamin, so it's fine. Obviously the goal is your own body clock, not 'a clock made out of drugs.' I'm not sure if your job helps keep your wake-up cycle regular but I'm assuming you came here because your own natural rhythm isn't working for you. Better than any supplement or drug will just be waking up at the same time every day- yes booboo even on the weekends.

Definitely Block Blue Light: Like everyone else is saying this needs to be done on ALL devices. Phone and computer (get a program called f.lux, for mac and pc) and TV if you can figure out how. Otherwise you never produce your own melatonin- AND you might keep making cortisol. Make sure your LIGHT BULBS in your house are warm and orange/yellow, think 'SUNSET,' none of that bright white mortician LED bullshit they keep selling now. I use night lights after sun down.

Wake Up With The Same Amount of Sunlight: Once your eyes detect high frequency blue/sunlight, your body will make cortisol to wake you up. I don't want to wake up at DAWN so I keep mine half closed with the same amount of space open for a strong sliver of light to greet me. Keep the blinds closed and you won't get this, or as much. You'll feel groggy and unrested. If you don't have access to sunlight, you'll need to get an alarm clock that mimics it with growing light in your face.

Melatonin: Not only is melatonin a good idea, but you want to take the SMALLEST dose you can find, otherwise you'll screw up your own melatonin system and make both your own and the drug ineffective. Don't ask me why but most supplements are 5 mg when they should be 1 mg or less. Melatonin is also a really powerful antioxidant, it's kind of like a facial for your sleeping brain.

Magnesium: you really can't go wrong with taking more Magnesium (you'll know when you've taken too much bc you'll shit yourself), most americans are deficient.

"Magnesium plays a part in regulating GABA, a neurotransmitter that is made in the brain. Low levels of GABA have been linked to chronic pain, depression, anxiety and even epilepsy. GABA imbalance has also been implicated in panic disorder and sleep disturbances, according to health expert Dr. Josh Axe." It is also a natural anti-inflammatory that should also reduce symptoms of chronic pain, restless legs, and other ailments you might have, and will even help your digestion.

Valerian: Another "natural" sleep aid is Valerian root, a plant which is believed to mimic adenosine, aka the opposite of taking caffeine. Usually if you've had an active day, adenosine builds up and your brain measures this to make you sleepy- but you might not have enough if you just have an office job. I've found it in liquid herb or tea form. It smells AWFUL. I prefer the tea. This one really knocks you out, but you can build tolerance fast, so I'd save it for your most restless nights.

My uncle is a sleep doctor, I'm a neuroscience grad and I went from the most chaotic schedule ever to just naturally waking up at 8 am. I use blue light filters on everything and occassionally take melatonin or valerian for sleepless nights.

u/Veelze · 2 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

Is the roommate turning off the alarms before you wake up? Or are your alarms going off and he is turning them off?

Currently I am using a sonic-boom alarm clock which also has a vibration function to wake you up (the alarm clock is designed for people who are deaf or have poor hearing) As long as you only use the vibration function, it should not bother your roommate.

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u/no_talent_ass_clown · 8 pointsr/Seattle

Put a lock on your door.

Take the sheets and pillows off the bed.

Set a quiet alarm. Try this vibrating alarm clock that you put under your mattress.

ProTip: If they're letting 'friends' crash in your room without your consent then I'm guessing other sketch things are happening too. Lock your shit up or risk losing it.

u/alittlegnome · 5 pointsr/Advice

Try the Screaming Meanie. Truck drivers use it to wake up because their sleep schedules and pretty much everything about truck driving makes it both very difficult and very important to wake up. It has the added bonus of being portable.

There's also the Sonic Boom Bedshaker Alarm Clock, which is made my a manufacturer of alarm clocks for deaf people. It wakes you up by vibrating your bed and, optionally, beeping really loudly (not as horrible as the meanie though, and more precise volume adjustments.) I have one of these and it works great!

I've also seen the SmartShaker, which is a Bedshaker that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Personally haven't tried it and I doubt that something that runs on batteries could shake me awake, however, but it could be worth a try.

If you have trouble with going back to bed after waking up to an alarm or turning off alarms in your sleep, I recommend getting an app that requires you to take pictures or scan barcodes. If you need the phone's ringer to be louder for the alarm, try hooking it up to a speaker.

You might also consider getting an old fashioned [Analogue Alarm Clock](
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00PD38UDI/ref=mp_s_a_1_9?qid=1448166430&sr=8-9&pi=AC_SX110_SY165&keywords=sonic+boom+alarm+clock). Those fuckers are loud and percussive and and don't have a snooze button. There's nothing like actual metal clanging together to wake you up in the morning.

If you have some money to spend, maybe a Sunlight simulation alarm would work for you. It simulates the gradual rising of the sun, but at whatever time you need the sun to rise and without having to leave your blinds open at night, with street lights bothering you and such.

Finally, I've found that the very best way for me to wake up is for my husband (or anybody really) to bring me a cup of tea. He can get still-mostly-asleep me to sit up and take the tea, and then I have to wake most of the way up to avoid spilling hot liquid all over myself, and then I fully wake up as I drink it. Obviously, this one is dependent on living with another person and having morning schedules that work together, which may not work for you.

Anyways, as a fellow heavy sleeper, I give you all I know about not sleeping through being a functioning member of society. :)