Waking up with a challenge (not as a challenge)

One of the many things you use your smartphone for – besides using it as a camera, portable gaming console, and, you know, a phone – is using it as a very well-featured, flexible alarm clock. One of my first posts was about the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock.

Since then hundreds of apps were created for improving and creating the gamification-factor of your sleep- (and waking up)pattern. Wake N Shake is the evil alarm clock that’s guaranteed to get you out of bed each morning.

What it is

Wake N Shake for iPhone is the alarm clock for people who hit snooze about 15 times before actually getting out of bed. We are so addicted to our precious snooze button, that we set our alarm early in anticipation of the fact that we’ll be hitting snooze for at least a half hour. With Wake N Shake for iPhone, those days are over. This alarm clock requires you to rigorously shake your iPhone to turn it off. By the time you’ve shaken your iPhone enough to turn off the alarm, you’ll be more than ready to get out of bed.

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Why it’s Cool

I know, this is just another waking up app. But I think this really works! At least the developers deserve credits for using these creative and funny extras. The way they make it so evil is, first, there’s no snooze button. No escape. Second, the volume can’t be turned down. Once it goes off, it’ll continue to blast until you shut it off. Third, hitting the home button to close the app doesn’t save you either. Your only way out is to shake the hell out of the iPhone.

Wake N Shake comes with a good selection of annoying sounds and a slider that adjusts the shake intensity needed to turn off the alarm. The lowest level is “hard” and the most difficult is “merciless” with “painful” in the middle. You can also set the alarm to repeat on any custom set of days of the week.

Actually I’m a bit scared to try this one out, but I definitely have to try this. Who dares to join?

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