What alarm clocks are there – 10 types presented

Do you have to get up in the morning before your internal clock? Then an alarm clock is necessary to wake you up. There are tons of different types that you can use for this.

Which alarm clocks are healthy and suitable for getting up gently? In the following you will get an overview of the different alarm types and find out which ones are available.

Do you sleep soundly so that you overhear ordinary alarm clocks? Then in the morning this can lead to you being late for work or school. To get up on time, there are particularly loud alarm clocks , which have a volume of more than 95dB . This is sufficient to force even hearing impaired people to stand up.

These alarm clocks are often associated with other functions . In addition to the loud noises, light signals can also be emitted or the alarm clock also vibrates . These types are well suited if you have a particularly sound sleep.

However, it is not recommended to use it in an apartment building. The volume is a nuisance for the neighbors and could affect the peace of the house.


Is setting the time annoying for you and would you prefer to avoid this when changing the time? Then a radio alarm clock is a good decision. This continuously receives a radio signal that synchronizes the correct time. This means that you no longer have to set the alarm clock manually, it happens completely automatically.

The radio alarm clock is also a practical choice when you are traveling . It automatically sets the correct time so that you are not surprised by a sudden shift in the time zone.

The radio alarm clocks are often equipped with other functions. For example, they display the temperature and the date to provide further support.


The natural day-night rhythm of humans is based on sunlight. When it gets dark in the evening, the body releases the sleep hormone melatonin and initiates the sleep phase. When the sun arrives in the morning, the melatonin decreases and you wake up.

The modern lifestyle probably doesn’t allow you to orient yourself to the sun. You have to get up early if it’s still dark outside or your bedroom is in an inconvenient location.

In order to still gently get up and orient you to the light, one is daylight alarm clock ideal . This has a similar characteristic to natural light and simulates a sunrise. This will not suddenly wake you up, but will gently wake you up over a set period of time.

The wake-up light carries out the simulation for up to 60 minutes so that your body prepares for the morning. This type of alarm clock is considered to be particularly healthy and prevents stress in the morning. If you have problems getting up, use these practical alarm clocks to start the day more easily.


Adults find it easy to read the time on an alarm clock. You can intuitively see what time it is.

Children still have to learn to read the clock correctly . Children’s alarm clocks offer suitable support for this. They are colorfully designed and show the minutes as well as the hours. This enables easier orientation.

Keeping it interesting, you motivate your child to learn the clock and they will get up in the morning by themselves. This will make the school days less strenuous and your child will soon be able to read the clock.


Alarm clocks are not a modern invention. Simple mechanical versions already existed 200 years ago .

Perhaps you also know the typical bell alarm clock from your grandparents? The advantage is that they can do without a battery. They are wound mechanically and run without any power consumption.

However, waking up with the bells proves to be uncomfortable. While it may be effective and force you to stand up, the sudden volume is stressful. It usually spoils the mood in the morning and is therefore not recommended. In addition, the alarm clock could tear you out of deep sleep , which leads to greater tiredness.

Such classic models nowadays serve more as decoration and the alarm function should not be used. There are much more relaxed methods of getting up reliably in the morning. These versions are nice to look at and may also give your bedroom a retro flair.


Getting up in the morning to music is much more pleasant than hearing the typical beep. With radio alarm clocks , the favorite station can be selected and it sounds in the morning at the appropriate wake-up time. This is how you can hear the morning program you want or the music you prefer.

Based on this, there are also alarm clocks with nature sounds . Instead of the radio program, these play a preset background noise . For example, you wake up to the soothing sound of waves or the chirping of birds . Choose this variant to start the day in a positive mood.


Do you find it difficult to tell the time in your sleep and don’t you want to turn around? Do you sleep on your back and want to read the time?

Then projection alarm clocks offer the right solution. They are equipped with a small projector that throws the time on the ceiling or the wall. There you always have the current time in view and know what time it is in the morning.

The brightness of the projection can be adjusted so that the light is not perceived as annoying. This variant is practical if there is hardly any space in the bedroom, your partner also wants to keep an eye on the time at all times.


In old age, the use of an alarm clock can be associated with various challenges. The eyesight is weakening , the listening is difficult and sometimes occur the first signs of dementia and on.

Senior alarm clocks are designed for these special needs. They have a larger font , show the current day and can indicate that you are taking your medication . Such an alarm clock is especially important for people with dementia in order to maintain a regular daily routine. The senior citizen alarm clock provides orientation and, in addition to waking up, also takes on other important functions. As a result , seniors maintain their independence and everyday life is made easier.


During the night you go through different phases of sleep. In deep sleep, the body regenerates and waking up is particularly difficult. If you set your alarm clock to a certain time, it does not take into account which sleep phase you are currently in. The alarm tone wakes you up and you probably still feel totally tired. You need a certain amount of time to gain full awareness and be ready for the day.

The sleep phase alarm clock, on the other hand, takes the needs of the body into consideration. It measures either the movements or the brain activity in which sleep phase you are currently.

In the morning you set an alarm time and the sleep phase alarm clock tries to wake you up while you sleep lightly. This makes getting up much easier and you feel rested.

Sleep phase alarm clocks are usually worn on the wrist. There they measure your movements and decide when it is the right time to get up. However, such a bracelet can be perceived as annoying. Therefore, you have to try out for yourself whether such a sleep phase alarm clock is helpful for you.


In addition to sounds and the light, you can also use vibrations to get up. You can place the vibrating alarm clock either close to the bed or directly on the mattress. At the desired time , the vibration wakes you up without tearing you out of your dreams with a loud alarm tone. This type of awakening is often found to be more pleasant .

There are also vibration bracelets . These are mostly fitness watches that have a vibration alarm. You can also use this as an alarm clock in the morning if you want to do without a loud sound.


You now know a variety of alarm clock types and can better decide for yourself how you want to be woken up. In addition to the loud alarm tones, a variant that relies on light or vibrations might also be interesting. If you are considered to be grumpy in the morning and need a good portion of coffee to start the day, then this could be due to a wrong alarm clock .

Try different types to start the day more gently and without stress. You will immediately notice the difference this makes and your quality of life will benefit significantly from it.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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