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Annoying Alarm Clocks for Those That Can't Wake Up

Updated on August 31, 2013
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Same Ole Same Ole

Personally I think we get used to the same old sound of our alarm clocks. They become part of our regular background noise, and our brains tend to tune them out.

For instance: When you move from the peaceful quietness of the country to a busy city, at first the noise of the traffic can be quite bothersome, but after awhile you become accustomed to it.

Wake Up!

Are you immune to your alarm clock? Are you tired of calling the boss over and over again with the same old excuse about how your alarm clock didn't go off? Maybe it's time to get a new alarm clock that will not only wake you up but will make you jump out of bed as soon as it goes off. How about an alarm clock that is so annoying it would wake a bear out of hibernation.

Heavy Sleeper or Light Sleeper

What kind of sleeper are you?

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Alarms That Don't Work

Many people today use their cell phone alarms to wake them or try to wake them up. I find that over time these don't seem to work all that well, at least not in my house.

My husband and two of my sons use their Blackberry or iPhone alarms. The first one goes off at 5:30 a.m., the second one at 6:00, and the third starts going off at 6:30. All of them are different alarms and frankly it drives me crazy as all of them just keep sleeping. The alarms never get shut off until I go and wake them all up. So in theory I suppose the alarms work via one person that is awake in the house, which always seems to be me.

This has lead me to a bit of researching on alarm clocks. I've found a few that I think may do the trick, and thought I'd share with you what I've found. I am actually thinking of purchasing one or two of these alarm clocks so maybe you could help me choose.

The Sonic Bomb Vibrating Alarm Clock

Sonic bomb .... wow this one sounds like it could wake up an entire city. This alarm clock is supposed to be louder than a jackhammer. I know when I hear a jackhammer it definitely gets under my skin, I hate the sound. The vibrating part sounds cool and requires no quarters. You can either put the vibrating part under your pillow or under your mattress, which then causes the entire bed to shake. Do you really want to wake up every morning thinking that you're in an earthquake? This one is definitely a possibility.

Let's see da bomb in action

Clocky Alarm clock on wheels

Could be a fun way to wake up or not. You hit the snooze on this baby and the clock jumps off the nightstand and rolls somewhere within your room or house. The alarm keeps going and going until you get out of bed, find the alarm clock, and turn it off. My dogs would have a great time chasing this one down.

With my guys they'd just let the batteries run out and not bother looking for the clock. It would be hiding somewhere in a pile or under the bed never to be seen again.

Screaming Meanie Timer and Alarm Clock

The name pretty much says it all with this alarm. There are three volume settings, which are: 70 dB, 90 dB and 120 dB.

The reviews that this alarm has gotten are excellent in the fact that anyone who has bought it wakes up.

This would be fun to do.

This is my favorite.

What do you think?

Which alarm clock do you think would be the best one to purchase?

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      cosmomed, It sure is :)

    • cosmomed profile image


      5 years ago from Sarawak. Malaysia

      Sonic bomb vibrating clock is magnificent!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kalux, I suppose there are some people that are impossible to wake up :)

      Nice to meet you, and Happy New Year.

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      5 years ago from Canada

      lol I laughed when I read that the alarm jumps off the table and rolls around the house. I bought an oversized clock with the bells on top and that bad boy is pretty loud and annoying. (I have slept through it though)

      I could sleep through a jamboree going on in my bedroom probably. Great Hub. Voted up. :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      divacratus, My internal alarm isn't working all that well lately. I find I'm sleeping in more these days. Could be because of winter.

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      Kalpana Iyer 

      5 years ago from India

      I use my phone alarm to wake me up too! But I hardly ever require an alarm clock because most of the times my internal clock works well in waking me up. It's not as reliable as before so I might as well get one of these annoying ones.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      greenpharmacy, Kids can be a pain to wake up. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

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      5 years ago from Korea

      I should apply your suggestion for my kids. They are hard to wake early in the morning. Thanks!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vivasuzi, I am the opposite as I love the mornings. Lately though I have been sleeping in later than I normally do. Thank you for reading and for your comments.

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      6 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      I am so not a morning person and find it hard to drag myself out of bed. Even so, I hate annoying alarms! My alarm is set to radio and it is on the quietest volume that I can still hear. I often wake up a few minutes before my alarm and have my hand on it ready to snooze b/c I can't even stand the sound for a minute! I voted for Clocky, the rolling away one, but I would probably end up tying it down eventually so it couldn't move lol.

      I'm very recently laid-off :\ And while I am actively seeking a job, I still cringe at the fact of needing an alarm in the future! It's been nice to go without one for a few weeks. Although, with my 20 month daughter, my alarm has been more like "Mommy, Where Are You?" lol. I can handle that alarm b/c it's so darn cute!

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Rolly, Retiring is the best solution :) A rooster, may have to try to find that one.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Susan ... Love this especially Mr. Bean... I have found the answer... just retire is all... smiles... when I do need to get up early I have the most irritating Rooster call on my phone... hate the thing but works great.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, If you do get it let me know if it works :) Thanks for the votes.

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      6 years ago from United States

      haha...this is such a hilarious one. I would love to get the sonic one for my kid esp for weekdays now that schools are

      will try to get it. thanks susan :)

      voted up as funny yet interesting.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sue, Happy to see and other Mr. Bean fan :) Thanks and have a good weekend.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Susan,

      I would chose the sonic boom vibrating alarm. I have a clock radio which I turn up loud otherwise I would sleep right through it.

      Thanks for adding the Mr. Bean video. LOL

      Voted up across the board

      Take care :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      barbergirl, I've seen the alarm clock that flies. What a great gift for newlyweds. Hopefully I'll find something soon :)

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This reminds me of my sister's wedding shower. As a gag gift they got the happy couple an alarm clock. Only it didn't wheel around the house, it straight up flew. Luckily for me, I don't need one. I am pretty much on a schedule where I wake up when I need to - with or without the alarm. My body usually doesn't sleep much past 8. Cute hub though - and hopefully you find something that gets all the sleepy guys up out of bed. For us - we use the alarm on our phone. For some reason, the normal alarm clocks kept breaking. We must have hit snooze too hard! LOL

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lesley, That Clocky wouldn't last too long around my house, but it does look like fun.

      Glimmer Twin Fan, One of my sons has one like yours. I sure hear it even though he never seems to :)

      eddy, Thanks and you have a good day too. So happy that you're back!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sherry, Almost everything will wake me up too.

      Ruby, Mr. Bean is pretty funny.

      newusedcarssacram, Thanks glad you liked it.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Vicki, There are some days I want to stay in bed and would but the dogs won't allow it :)

      tillsontitan, Dogs are wonderful aren't they :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, I was afraid you were going to say that :)

      Christy, What would our boys do without us :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Arb, I know what you about that internal alarm clock. That's funny that your wife sets the alarm and really has no need to.

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      Eddy Jones 

      6 years ago from Wales.

      Oh yes I loved this one Susan and our alarm goes off even when we put toast on.

      Entertaining and useful here;thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Who knew?! These are great and funny too. I thought ours was bad. It gets louder and louder if it doesn't get turned off. The clocky one would have to be the one for us. My dog would go crazy! Fun hub.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      The clocky alarm on wheels sounds like fun - annoying but fun!

      Great hub thank you and voted up!

    • newusedcarssacram profile image


      6 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      I just hate when my alarm clock starts ringing in the morning. Anyway nice and funny hub.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm still laughing. I loved the Mr. Bean video. I hate all alarm clocks, soft mucic is nice..Cheers

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I hate to get up, especially in the winter when the days are short and it's still dark. However, I can't sleep through anything the slightest noise will wake me, I just don't want to get out of bed.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Great subject for a hub and funny to read...especially the videos. I'm like Effer, I have a Min Pin who jumps on me and licks my face EVERY morning at 6:30 a.m....if I don't get up right away he starts using his paw on my face, that'll do it every time.

      Voted up, useful, and funny.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cool hub! I have to get a fairly loud alarm clock by my bed with an old wind-up across the room that goes off at the latest time I'm supposed to get up and still make it. Sometimes I STILL lie back down for a few! I hate getting up in the mornings! Great hub!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mama Kim, I don't find my phone loud enough unless I set it on the Bose dock. Maybe I should do this to wake up all the sleeping men in my house... Thank you for the idea!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Julie, Thanks :)

      Soares, Maybe you need a few more? :)

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      6 years ago

      Great hub Sue, it doesn't take much to wake me up but Quinn could use the sonic boom. Right now I'm his sonic boom, he just lets me know when to get him up, lol.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Best guess, Susan . . . we both need help! :)

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      6 years ago from oregon

      Sorry Susan, I can't relate. I've had an internal alarm clock my entire life. Up at 5:00 regardless of the night before. Don't know why, I just awake without fail. My wife however uses one, although for the life of me I have never understood why. It simply wakes her up so she can shut it up and then goes back to sleep. It confuses me because she hasn't anywhere to go when it goes off. I think she thinks if she is awake enough to turn it off it counts as being up. She can tell everyone she was up at the crack of dawn. She just doesn't include that it was momentary. I think I will video the ritual and post it on facebook. That should put an end to her charade!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, You need professional help? LOL I think not. I used to have this dream where I was in the forest with my cousin and there was a huge battle going on in front of us. Like cowboys and Indians. He (my cousin) would be looking scared and I would say to him, "It's okay Johnny it's just a dream .... wake yourself up." I would then wake up. This was a reoccurring dream. What do you figure that was about?

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      DzyMsLizzy, I'm an early riser but not the cheerful type like you describe. I usually let the dogs out, put on coffee, make lunches and clean the kitchen up as soon as I get up. I like to get all that stuff out of the way and the I can start my day.

      That alarm clock locomotive you have sounds great.

      Thanks for the votes and for commenting.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      MMP, Same here but some days I wish they didn't all live with me :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Paula, I know what you mean about the dogs. Have 2 Newfs that do the same to me if I do happen to sleep past 6:00 a.m on rare occasions. But most days I wake up before they do :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada


      It's now 5:55 am and I've been up since 4:30. What can I say ... I love this time day :) When I worked outside the home there were some mornings that I'd be slapping that snooze alarm like a mad woman but most days I had no problem getting up to an alarm clock. For some reason my sons take after their father and I think they could all sleep through a tornado and may end up in Oz :)

      Thanks for visiting and I believe that sonic does have a snooze feature. Take care.

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      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      So true about getting used to a sound. I had a full time job during high school... so little sleep. To ensure I woke up every morning I every week I would set my phone alarm to a new annoying song ^_^ It worked.

      Funny hub! Voted up, funny and pinned ^_^

    • SoaresJCSL profile image


      6 years ago

      Ahahahah: "I have several alarm clocks and sleep through all of them." -- That's me :) Funny Hub!


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      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      6 years ago from Clinton CT

      I desperately needed this kind of alarm clock in college and high school. Funny article :) thanks!!!

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Those are fun alarm clocks, Susan, although I usually wake when I need to without external assistance. Except once in a while when I have gone to bed very late, when the alarm rings I simply incorporate it into my dream. I could be dreaming I'm in the middle of a forest and when the alarm rings it is not an unnatural sound. Do you think I need professional help?

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      LOL! I'm no morning person--I never have been. People who leap out of bed, even before the clock goes off, and start chirping cheerily 'good morning' had better keep their distance from me in the morning. Once I am up, I'm a slow starter, and I don't want to talk, listen to news or singing. A syrupy "Good Morning" from an early riser, is as likely as not to get a rude reply with directions on where to go....

      I tell everyone, "I was born at 7:21 a.m., and I've been trying to make up for it ever since!" ;-)

      That said, there are of course, times I must set an alarm clock (luckily not often, as we are retired). I sleep through most clocks. I sleep through the cats thumping about playing chase. I sleep through doorbells and phones ringing. What I do not sleep through is my one very special alarm clock. It is a specialty clock, shaped like an old fashioned steam locomotive. Its alarm is a repeating sequence of ALL the steam loco train sounds: "Whooo-whoooo! Clackety clackety clack! Ding, ding, ding ding!"

      THAT gets me up--(and sends the cats scattering)! ;-)

      Voted up and --yes, funny--those are some alarms you've featured!

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      6 years ago

      I get up fairly easy but I know a couple of people who could stand a little extra help in the morning! I will be sure to share with them...

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LMAO!! Susan....You asked me the right question! Not a morning person!

      Please trust me.....I love these alarm clocks, but I HAVE the most annoying possible.......A 65# Border Collie and a very vocal Cocker Spaniel..........One jumps up on me and sticks his cold nose in my face and licks my feet.....the other yips, "C'mon Mom, Get up!" in the background. They are MERCILESS! Every morning.....5:00 a.m without fail. They are also determined! great hub, Susan!! I like the screaming meanie..............UP___

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Carol, I've always liked to get up early myself. I enjoy the peace and quiet of the day in the wee hours.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, The sonic boom does seem pretty cool :) I don't really need the alarm clock for myself since I'm an early riser no matter what .... the rest of the family sure needs one though.

      mckbirdbks, LOL Glad you're now awake :)

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      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada


      In addition to not being able to wake up...I am a snooze alarm whore. I tend to set the clock off by like seven minutes or so...I will THEN alter the alarm by three or four minutes. At the point things start to jangle, I find myself doing math in my head...(well, the clock is seven minutes fast so I have that time...I need to subtract the amount of the alarm because it is two minutes slow...) You see my point.

      At the height of inability to wake up I once had three or four different clocks set up all over my room in different places so I would have to get up...find the offending timepiece...shut it off...before stumbling back to my bed. As an added benefit I would start this all up about two hours before I actually had to wake up. Needless to say...I no longer live the roommates I had when this is was going on. I believe the sonic boom clock would have there a snooze feature on that?


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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      That has to knock someone out of bed. Interesting I get up around 4-4:30 in the morning, but when Jim sets the alarm to get up before we head out to California..I don't want to get up. Alarms are the moment of reckoning for the day. Great Hub.

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      ?I heard this alarm all the way over at my place. ok, ok I'm awake

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      OMG! I like the sonic boom - but I'm not sure I've actually been awake in several years...working too many nights does that to you:)

      And - you're right about the sound - once your brain is trained to sort of hear a noise - if it's a usual sound that doesn't cause any fear or alarm:) - the brain sort of tunes it out. It's the noises our brain knows we should NOT be hearing that wake us up fast!

      So a new alarm clock every three months is about right:) lol


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