Last updated: January 21, 2017
Some of us can be awakened by the sound of a marshmallow falling on the floor two rooms away. Others wouldn’t know if an earthquake hit.
For the deep sleeper, no ordinary alarm clock will do. They need an extremely loud alarm clock to wake them up.
I have made this list of the best alarm clocks for heavy sleepers to let you know that your days of oversleeping are over.
Innolife 3 Quiet Non-ticking Silent
Amplicon TCL Vibrating Alarm Clock
Sense Sleep System
Lock N' load Gun alarm clock/target alarm clock/creative clock
Table of Contents
Loudest Alarm Clocks
- 113 decibels loud alarm
- Bed shaker feature
- Pulsating lights
- Big led numbers are easy to see
- Customizable length of alarm plus combinations of sound, light and vibration to wake you
- 9volt battery back-up
At 113 decibels, I am not sure many people will sleep through this alarm. For good measure, the designers have added a bed-shaking feature to awaken even the deepest sleepers. This is easily one of the best alarm clocks for heavy sleepers as there is no way you will sleep through this alarm.
How loud is 113 decibels? Picture a lawnmower running in your bedroom. I dare even the deepest sleeper to sleep through that. Even your heavy sleeping neighbors will wake up.
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that this extremely loud alarm clock isn’t loud enough to wake you. There is a puck that goes under your pillow or mattress that will literally shake your bed.
Still not enough? Then maybe the pulsating lights will also have an effect. With all three features, there is no way that you will oversleep. Avoiding hitting the snooze button will improve your sleep.
The Sonic Bomb is also customizable. The sound level can be set to lower than the 113 decibel maximum. This is handy if you have roommates that shouldn’t be inconvenienced by your sleeping habits.
The length of the alarm can be set anywhere from one minute to one hour long. The snooze function can be set to last from a one-minute interval to 30 minutes between alarms.
Clocky Alarm Clock on Wheels
- Runs and beeps until you catch it to shut it off
- Very durable. Won’t break when it fall off your nightstand
- Unique alarm sound
- You’re allowed to hit the snooze button once. Then it will run around your room
- Big easy to use buttons
Still can’t wake up even with a very loud alarm clock? How about if a clucking chicken was running around your room, and you have to get up to make it stop?
The Clocky will be nice and give you a chance to wake up before it begins the madness. You can hit the snooze button once. Once! Then, if you continue to sleep, it will run right off your nightstand and run crazily around your room looking for a place to hide.
The sound of the alarm is more cute than jarring, but it is enough to wake you up, and the sound of it scrambling around banging into your bed and furniture is enough to get you out of bed.
I don’t imagine too many people will be able to sleep through that. In time, I am sure you won’t even need that function as you will be very motivated to not hit the snooze button when you wake up.
Screaming Meanie Timer and Alarm Clock
- 3 loudness levels. 70db, 90db and an ear shattering 120db
- Portable-makes a great travel alarm clock
- Point 3
- Interesting addition of a panic button
- Works as a timer as well
The Screaming Meanie is not only loud at 120 decibels but also sounds like a smoke alarm. That sound is almost programmed into our minds to never sleep through. Be careful that you don’t forget to turn it off if you are out of the house or your neighbors might think there is a fire.
In addition to the screaming alarm noise, trying to shut it off also forces you to be awake and alert. You can’t simply press a button and it’s done. You have to press the “hour," “key,” and “minute” button at the same time. You first have to find those buttons and then press them all three simultaneously while the alarm is screaming at you.
I don’t know about you, but that is an alarm I would not want to deal with. In this case, it might be better to just wake up earlier than your alarm.
Innolife 3 Quiet Non-ticking Silent Quartz Analog Retro Vintage bedside Twin Bell Alarm Clock
- Silent, no ticking keeps for a quiet and distraction free environment
- Very loud alarm
- Classic retro look
- Made of brushed stainless steel
- Small profile takes up little space on night table
Sometimes, the old ways are the best. This old school alarm clock with a bell is actually quite loud and hard to sleep through. Remember the cartoons with those old-style clocks with the bells? That’s exactly what this clock looks like, and it works as well as it did in the old cartoons.
I consider this a "no frills" alarm clock. It doesn’t have any modern touches except that it is battery operated and doesn’t need winding. The old sound of the bells clanging is a very jarring sound and is not easy to sleep through. The one modern feature is that it does have a night light if you need it.
The small size is perfect for a small room with little space on your nightstand. Because of the size, it is also a great travel alarm clock. If you have a retro or country living theme as your room design, this clock will fit right in and still make sure you wake up on time.
Silent Alarms for Heavy Sleepers
Amplicon TCL Vibrating Alarm Clock
- Awake with the vibrating wrist band, 75 decibel alarm or both
- Displays time, date, day, temperature and alarm time
- Dual alarm for two different times
- Great as a travel alarm clock
This is a great 2-in-1 alarm clock. Use it as a very loud alarm with a 75 decibel buzzer or with a vibrating wrist band to silently wake up.
Are you hard of hearing? Do you have a sleep partner who gets up later and wants to continue to sleep after you get up? Then having the option of wearing a wristband that vibrates will come in handy.
This alarm clock is designed for heavy sleepers as well as hearing-impaired people.
The clock itself takes three AAA batteries, but the wristband does need to be charged. A charge should last three days, but it might be a good idea to charge it as soon as you wake up. Having an alarm that loses its charge in the middle of the night could be a disaster.
This is a great alarm for travel because of its small size and the fact that you can wear the vibrating wristband to wake up. If you are sharing a hotel room or are on a train, you wouldn’t want to disturb anyone around you. At the same time, you do need something to rouse you out of a deep sleep, and this alarm clock will definitely do that.
Sense Sleep System
- Monitors your sleep and will wake you during your light sleep cycle
- Non wearable hardware
- Unique design looks great on night stand
- Pill clips to your pillow and vibrates to wake you
- Helps you sleep with soothing ambient sounds
- Get a read out of your sleep data
This is actually a sleep tracker that also has an alarm. Though it’s primary purpose is not to act as an alarm clock, it works great at waking you at just the right time.
You may have trouble waking in the morning because your alarm is set for when you are in your deepest sleep. Having a smart sleep tracker will wake you when you are in a light phase of sleep. The vibrations will gently wake you up. Waking during this phase of your sleep will have you waking up refreshed and alert.
The pill clips to your pillow and recognizes your sleep patterns through your movement during the night. Set your alarm for the latest time you can wake up, and the Sense will find the best time in a 30-minute window before that time to wake you.
If you are in a light sleep cycle in that window of time, the Sense will wake you. Otherwise it will just wake you up at the time you set it for.
Its main function is to monitor your sleep and give you an evaluation of your sleep performance. It may be that you are a heavy sleeper in the morning because your sleep cycle is off. This tracker may actually help you improve your sleep in addition to waking you up on time and in a refreshed state of mind.
Creative Alarm Clocks for Heavy Sleepers
Vinmax Flying Helicopter Novelty Alarm Clock
- Unique alarm sounds like a plane taking off and landing
- You have to get out of bed, find propeller and put it back on to shut off the alarm
- It does have a snooze function but if you keep snoozing the propeller will fly
- Clock counts down to when you alarm is set to go off, down to the second
This alarm is in the same vein as the Clocky, except it takes to the skies and won’t turn off until you have captured the propellers and reattached them.
Vinmax understands that most people need to actually get out of bed to resist the temptation to hit the snooze button for the tenth time. This is an ingenious and fun way to do that.
You can set the clock to count down to your alarm time. If you wake up and look at your clock during the night, you don’t have to do the mental math it takes to figure out how much time you have left to sleep. That much thought can surely wake you up and keep you awake, killing any kind of rest you need.
Once the alarm goes off, you better jump and find out where that propeller landed so you can put it back on the clock to stop the incessant noise.
Lock N' load Gun alarm clock/target alarm clock/creative clock
- Three different game modes to shut off alarm
- Quick shot mode forces you to make 5 perfect shots in 3 minutes
- Time mode is to see how quickly you can shut the alarm off with your accuracy
- Random mode changes up the timing so you’re not sure what you will get
- Make a recording of what you want for the alarm if you like, otherwise it beeps
- Portable so you can put it anywhere since no outlet is required
- Can be used as a game whenever you want some target practice
- The alarm is pretty loud at 108 decibels
Unless you are an expert marksman, you will need to fully wake up to hit the target to shut off the alarm.
If there is a particular noise that just irritates you more than anything, then you are in luck. You can make a recording of it and use that as your alarm. You will never sleep through that.
Once the alarm starts, the target pops up. Get your gun, get your aim squared up, and fire! If you are able to shut the alarm off by hitting the bullseye, then you are awake and need to get out of bed.
If you’re still sleepy, the alarm will continue until you are alert enough to finally hit your target or you get up to shut it off. In either case, it has done its job.
The best part is you can also use it as a game. Need some target practice? Can’t fall asleep and want to play a game? Then use the clock as a game and pass the time.
There are two drawbacks that you need to be aware of. This clock only runs on batteries, so you might be going through a few of those. Also, the game is ineffective if the target is more than 10 feet away.
Of course, if you want to make absolutely sure it wakes you up, put it 11 feet away, and you will surely wake up since you won’t hit your target.
A unique way to improve the effectiveness of your alarm clock is to limit your other sense. A sleep mask will help block out any visual stimuli and your body can focus more on hearing. Read our reviews of the best sleep masks to find the right one for you.
Final Thoughts On The Best Alarm Clocks for Heavy Sleepers
In many ways, I an very envious of people who need a loud alarm clock to wake up. I wish I could sleep that deeply!
On a serious note, I understand how important it is to wake up on time. Important meetings can be missed. Exams can be failed. Life in general gets way more complicated when you sleep too late. After all, there are only so many hours in the day.
Thatis why I wrote this review of loud and creative alarm clocks for deep sleepers.
I hope that it helps you solve a problem that could have negative repercussions if you don’t take action.
Get the alarm clock you think will do the best job of waking you up on time, and take back control of your life.