Rise and Shine With These Popular Wake-Up Apps

Published On February 27, 2014 | App & Software

Nowadays, smartphones are used for just about everything. From making calls and texting friends to surfing the web and making dinner reservations, most of us are never far from our smartphones.

One common household appliance that is almost a thing of the past thanks to smartphones is the alarm clock. The days of being rudely awakened by an annoying buzz or the sound of a radio are long gone, since many innovative apps can gently wake you with your favorite music, waves crashing on the beach or countless other sounds.

Of course, smartphones apps are much more than just a replacement for the trusty old alarm clock. Here are some of the best apps that can help smooth out your morning transition into daily grind, before even leaving the house.

Sleep Cycle Alarm

Have you ever woken up from a full nights sleep and still felt exhausted? It might be because your alarm went off in the deepest part of your sleep cycle. Sleep Cycle tracks your sleep and gently wakes you up when it’s most natural for your body, so you never wake up exhausted for no reason. Talk about a great way to start your morning – refreshed! It costs $0.99 and is available for Apple iOS devices.

Gmail App

About 21 percent of smartphones users check their e-mail before they eat breakfast, which means they’re checking their e-mail while still in bed. If you have a smartphone, there’s no excuse for missing that ever-important e-mail about a moved up meeting. If you have a Gmail or affiliated account, there’s no better app out there for receiving, writing and sorting through your mail. It’s free and is available for both iOS and Android.

Google Currents

Keep up with your favorite online news outlets, newspapers, magazines and other publications – all from one app. Easy customization, great browsing and social share capabilities make Google Current the best way to stay on top of the early morning news from around the world. It’s free and is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Bloomberg

For people who trade stocks, there is almost nothing more important to do first thing each day than checking the stock market. This free app for both iOS and Android allows you to track economic indicators, individual stocks and news on the economy.

Argus Fitness Tracking App

This is an awesome app for tracking your work outs, calorie intake, steps taken, hydration and so much more – anything relating to daily wellness. Start your day on the right foot with a free and useful fitness app.

Weather App

Long gone are the days when you’d have to wait in front of the TV or radio for the local station to run through the daily weather. Get updated instantly, right from your phone. It’s free and both iOS and Android device come with a weather application

Calendar App

There are many variations of this out there – the built in calendar app, Gmail, Yahoo and others – but almost all sync with your e-mail application or desktop calendar application. Instead of a little black appointment book, get a big picture view of what’s on your plate for the day with a calendar app. Best of all, it’s free and most iOS and Android come with a standard calendar application.

So, which apps help you start your day out right and which ones could you live without?

– By Jessica Oaks

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